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Oklahoma State University

Recreational Therapy Accreditation

Mission of the Program

The mission of the recreational therapy program at Oklahoma State University is closely fixed to the mission of the university and the proud heritage of serving the state of Oklahoma as the premier land grant university, is to impact the provision of healthcare in the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world through integrated, high-quality, teaching, research and outreach in recreational therapy. The Program will achieve this through developing graduates who are informed recreational therapists aware of the most current procedures and interventions available to recreational therapists.

The recreational therapy program prepares students as recreational therapists which is an allied health profession that provides treatment/therapy for individuals in hospitals, physical rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric treatment facilities, skilled nursing facilities, public schools, long-term care facilities and private practices. The recreational therapist provides treatment/therapy which aids individuals in restoring, enhancing and/or eliminating illness and disease. 


Recreational Therapy

The recreational therapy program at OSU is the only such degree program in Oklahoma.  The program is currently accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE) which receives authority to make accreditation recommendations to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Accreditation assures the graduating student of eligibility to meet the requirements to take the national certification examination administered by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), upon successful completion of the NCTRC certification examination the student would earn the national credential of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).  Students wishing to work in Oklahoma upon successful completion of the NCTRC examination will be eligible to apply for therapeutic recreation licensure in the state of Oklahoma through the Committee on Therapeutic Recreation Licensure by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.