What will I learn?

CMU's therapeutic recreation program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience necessary to become a nationally certified therapeutic recreation specialist.​ In our major, students will learn how to provide functional treatment services and recreational activities for those within a community with intellectual disabilities, emotional impairments, physical disabilities, chemical dependency or seniors with disabilities. ​

Highlights about this program

Receive your degree from one of the most successful programs in the United States, with our program ranking as one of the top five programs in the nation for number of certified therapeutic recreation specialists.

Finish up your academic career with a 15- or 30-week clinical internship.

Learn from faculty, all of whom have professional therapeutic recreation experience and are all nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

Graduates of this program are passing the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination at a rate higher than the regional and national norms.

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

29 August 2022

Venue

Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,

MOUNT PLEASANT,

Michigan,

48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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