2003 National Therapeutic Recreation Curriculum Study Part B: University, Faculty, Student, and Placement Characteristics


  • Norma J. Stumbo
  • Marcia J. Carter
  • Jin Kim


Tracking national trends of therapeutic recreation curricula is imperative both for setting and maintaining professional standards. The second part of the 2003 curriculum study (Part B) contains a comparison between the 1996 data and data collected in the spring of 2003 in four areas: (a) university logistics, (b) faculty, (c) students, and (d) graduation and placement rates. The results showed that therapeutic recreation curricula were located at universities and departments that varied widely. Departments averaged 4.5 recreation faculty members (4.4 in 1996) and slightly less than two therapeutic recreation faculty (1.7 in 1996). Therapeutic recreation faculty typically taught undergraduate therapeutic recreation and recreation core classes carrying a load of four or three, three-hour courses per semester. The average department had 119 recreation majors (135 in 1996) and 36 therapeutic recreation majors (51 in 1996). Most therapeutic recreation majors (usually about 80 percent) graduated, gained employment in the field, and received certification from NCTRC™. NCTRC™ certification was held by a smaller percent of therapeutic recreation faculty in 2003 (61.9 percent) as compared to 1996 (84.2 percent), while state certification nearly halved from 17.4 percent in 1996 to 9.4 percent in 2003. Based on the current results, several recommendations are made for therapeutic recreation faculty and the national organizations. Part A, which contained data on accreditation, curriculum, and internship characteristics, precedes Part B in this issue.





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