As one of only a handful of institutions in the country to offer a distinct major in therapeutic recreation, selecting Ithaca College for your studies in this discipline will open the door to you for unique and impactful experiences to prepare you for your professional career. In our program, you will learn how a recreational therapist uses both client-focused intervention techniques and evidence-based practice to enhance people's physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being through recreation and leisure-based activities.
A distinctive feature of our program is the opportunity for hands-on practice prior to graduation. At a long-term care facility you may involve a person in recreational interventions to reduce depression and increase socialization. At a mental health or substance abuse treatment facility you may help a person in recovery discover healthy leisure alternatives that promote wellness and self-esteem. At a community recreation center you may help involve a person with a disability in programs that build leisure skills, develop friendships, and enhance quality of life. At a hospital or rehabilitation center you may help a person with a traumatic injury develop functional skills necessary for successful community reintegration.