Recreation Management and Recreational Therapy

The program in Recreation Management and Recreational Therapy Program at Oklahoma State University prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in recreation management and recreational therapy. The undergraduate program in Recreational Therapy is accredited through the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs.  Students completing the Recreational Therapy program are eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (CTRS) and apply for Medical Licensure in the State of Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Medical Licensing Board. Recreational Therapy prepares students to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, day programs, institutions and within the community.  Recreational Therapy is a valued part of the health care and human services.  Individuals with illness, disabilities or limitations are helped to restore, enhance or maintain their health, independence and well-being through recreational therapy.

Those students completing the Recreation Management program are eligible to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional. Recreation Management prepares students for employment in a variety of settings such as municipal, commercial, and corporate recreation; state and national park services; YMCAs and YWCAs; and armed services recreation. Recreation Management is a growing field and is a multi-billion dollar industry.   Non-majors may complete a 21 credit minor in Recreation Management.

RMRT 2403 Leisure and Society

Description: The leisure phenomenon, the leisure services industry, and societal views of leisure in the United States. Exploration of personal and social views of leisure and how those views impact individuals, families and social groups. Previously offered as RMTR 2403.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 2413 Introduction To Leisure Services

Description: The nature, scope and significance of leisure and recreation. Delivery systems for leisure services, major program areas and the interrelationship of special agencies and institutions serving the recreation needs of society. Previously offered as RMTR 2413.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 2433 Introduction to Recreational Therapy

Description: Theory and application of recreational therapy with emphasis on types of illnesses and disabilities, delivery systems, programming services. Previously offered as RMTR 2433.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 2443 Contemporary Issues in Diversity (DS)

Description: Exploration of the primary and secondary dimensions of diversity and their impact on society. Individual and institutional responses to cultural diversity. Previously offered as RMTR 2443.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

General Education and other Course Attributes: Diversity, Social & Behavioral Sciences

RMRT 2463 Laboratory In Leisure Services

Description: Lecture, discussion and experiential learning of recreation and leisure activities. Adapted activities, small and large group games, sports, arts and crafts, music, drama and cultural events. Previously offered as RMTR 2463.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 2 Lab: 2

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lab, Lecture, Combined lecture and lab

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 2473 Foundation of Leisure Service Leadership

Description: Introduction to the principles and practical applications of group leadership techniques, problem solving, supervision and evaluation of personnel. Previously offered as RMTR 2473.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3010 Leisure Services Workshop

Description: Intensive training program on a specialized topic in leisure services. Previously offered as RMTR 3010. Offered for variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-9

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3212 Lifeguard Training

Description: Theory and practice of water safety and rescue skills essential for lifeguards. May obtain American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification. Previously offered as RMTR 3212.

Credit hours: 2

Contact hours: Lecture: 2

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3313 Camp Operations and Programs

Description: Operations and programming for day and resident camps. Includes all camp settings and camper populations. Previously offered as RMTR 3313.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3413 Recreational Therapy and Mental Illness/Intellectual Disabilities

Prerequisites: RMRT 2433.

Description: The role of Recreational Therapists (RT) working with individuals diagnosed with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities. Topics include terminology, etiology, prognosis, assessment, and program development in RT. Previously offered as RMTR 3413.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3423 Recreational Therapy In Geriatric Practices

Prerequisites: RMRT 2433.

Description: The role of Recreational Therapists (RT) working with the geriatric population. Topics include terminology, etiology, prognosis, assessment, and program development in RT. Previously offered as RMTR 3423.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3431 Recreation Management Practicum I

Prerequisites: RMRT 2413.

Description: Supervised practical experience with leadership responsibilities for planning, conducting and evaluating activities and programs. Graded on a pass-fail basis. Previously offered as RMTR 3431.

Credit hours: 1

Contact hours: Lecture: 1

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3432 Recreation Management Practicum II

Description: Supervised practical experience with leadership responsibilities for planning, conducting and evaluating activities and programs. Previously offered as RMTR 3432. Graded on a pass-fail basis.

Credit hours: 2

Contact hours: Lecture: 2

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3433 Recreational Therapy and Physical Disabilities

Prerequisites: RMRT 2433.

Description: The role of Recreational Therapists in the rehabilitation of individuals with physical disabilities. Topics include terminology, etiology, prognosis of specific problems, assessment, and program development in RT. Previously offered as RMTR 3433.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3441 Warm Water Therapy Lab

Description: This aquatic lab course is designed to give students valuable hands-on experience with participants with disorders ranging from pre-school through senior citizen population. Previously offered as RMTR 3441.

Credit hours: 1

Contact hours: Lab:

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lab

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3463 Program Design in Recreation Management Services

Prerequisites: MATH 1513, MATH 1483 or equivalent.

Description: Emphasis on organization, supervision, promotion and evaluation of programs. Previously offered as RMTR 3463.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3473 Medical Procedures For Recreational Therapy

Description: The course covers the basic knowledge documentation including vocabulary, abbreviations, symbols, prefixes, and suffixes typically used in clinical settings in which Recreational Therapists practice. Taken concurrently with Junior Internship Courses. Previously offered as RMTR 3473.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Other: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3480 Junior Internship

Prerequisites: RMTR 2413, RMTR 2473, RMTR 3441, co-requisite RMTR 3473 and one course in emphasis areas of study (Recreational Therapy or Leisure Service Management.)

Description: Supervised practical experience (minimum 200 to 400 contact hours based upon credit hours enrolled) with leadership responsibilities for planning, conducting and evaluating activities and programs. Previously offered as RMTR 3480. Graded on a pass-fail basis. Offered for variable credit, 3-6 credit hours, maximum of 6 credit hours.

Credit hours: 3-6

Contact hours: Other: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 3491 Pre-Internship In Leisure Services

Description: Preparation for internship in therapeutic recreation and leisure services management. Previously offered as RMTR 3491.

Credit hours: 1

Contact hours: Lecture: 1

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4010 Directed Studies in Leisure

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and program head.

Description: Supervised readings, research or study of trends and issues related to leisure studies. Previously offered as RMTR 4010. Offered for variable credit, 1-9 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-9

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4213 Water Safety Instructorship

Description: Methods of teaching swimming and aquatic safety with practical application of knowledge, principles and analysis of skills. May obtain American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor's Certification (WSI). Previously offered as RMTR 4213.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4433 Evaluation of Leisure Services

Prerequisites: STAT 2013.

Description: Methods, techniques and application of the evaluation process related to a wide variety of leisure service functions: clientele, programs, personnel, facilities and organization. Previously offered as RMTR 4433.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4453 Outdoor Education

Description: Development of a holistic approach to teaching and learning in the outdoors. Learning in, about, and for, the out-of-doors as a process for acquiring skills with which to enjoy outdoor pursuits. Previously offered as RMTR 4453.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4463 Areas and Facilities In Leisure Services

Prerequisites: LEIS 3463 or consent of instructor.

Description: Planning, design and development of areas and facilities in leisure service delivery systems. Previously offered as RMTR 4463.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4473 Recreation In the Natural Environment

Description: Theory and practical application of outdoor recreation concepts with emphasis on philosophies, principles, policies, economics, trends and problems. Previously offered as RMTR 4473.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4480 Internship in Recreational Therapy

Prerequisites: Last semester senior year with cumulative GPA of 2.5 and completion of RMRT 3480, RMRT 4481 and co-requisite of RMRT 4483.

Description: Supervised fieldwork experience in recreational therapy. Graded on a pass-fail basis. Must be taken concurrently with RMRT 4483. Previously offered as RMTR 4480. Offered for variable credit, 1-9 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-9

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4481 Senior Seminar In Leisure Services

Prerequisites: RMRT major; completion of a minimum of 15 hours of Leisure Studies core courses.

Description: Culmination of course work in leisure studies. Examination of current issues, professional practices and personal philosophy of leisure. Previously offered as RMTR 4481.

Credit hours: 1

Contact hours: Lecture: 1

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4483 Administrative Documentation in Internship for Recreational Therapy

Prerequisites: Last semester senior year with cumulative GPA of 2.5 and RMRT 3480, RMRT 4481 and co-requisite of RMRT 4480.

Description: Assignment based course that complements RMRT 4480 Internship in recreational therapy. Must be taken concurrently with RMRT 4480. Previously offered as RMTR 4483.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Other: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4493 Administration of Leisure Services

Description: Decision-making, problem solving, personnel policies, legal issues, fiscal policies and budget procedures related to the delivery of leisure services. Previously offered as RMTR 4493.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Other: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4513 Leisure Education

Prerequisites: RMTR 3463.

Description: Models of leisure education discussed and practices in conjunction with enhancing student's ability with basic skills of leisure counseling to facilitate optimal leisure pursuits. Previously offered as RMTR 4513.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4553 Tourism in Recreation Settings

Description: Theory and foundations of the philosophy, principles and practices that associate tourism with recreation agencies and settings. Previously offered as RMTR 4553.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4563 Entrepreneurial Recreation Management

Prerequisites: RMTR 3463 or consent of instructor.

Description: Introduction to the scope, characteristics and management aspects of the commercial recreation industry from an entrepreneurial perspective. Previously offered as RMTR 4563.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4680 Internship in Recreation Management

Prerequisites: Last semester senior year with cumulative GPA of 2.5 and 500 verified experience hours. RMRT 4481 and co-requisite of RMRT 4683.

Description: Supervised field work experience in Leisure Services Management. Graded on a pass-fail basis. Must be taken concurrently with RMRT 4683. Previously offered as RMTR 4680. Offered for variable credit, 1-9 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

Credit hours: 1-9

Contact hours: Other: 1

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4683 Administrative Documentation in Internship for Recreation Management

Prerequisites: Last semester senior year with cumulative GPA of 2.5 and 500 verified experience hours. RMRT 4481 and co-requisite of RMRT 4680.

Description: Assignment based course that complements RMRT 4680 Internship in Leisure Services Management. Must be taken concurrently with RMRT 4680. Previously offered as RMTR 4683.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Other: 3

Levels: Undergraduate

Schedule types: Independent Study

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4713 Campus Recreation, Intramurals, and Sport

Description: Program operations, industry standards, and current issues surrounding these areas of the recreation industry.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4933 Advanced Methods In Recreational Therapy

Prerequisites: RMTR 3483 and consent of instructor.

Description: Theoretical and practical examination of contemporary implementation procedures used in recreational therapy practice. Previously offered as RMTR 4933.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

RMRT 4943 Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management

Description: Methods and techniques used in grant writing as well as the establishment of a nonprofit agency. Previously offered as RMTR 4943.

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours: Lecture: 3

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate

Schedule types: Lecture

Department/School: App Health & Ed Psych

Master of Science in Leisure Studies

Beyond the baccalaureate level, the program in leisure studies provides preparation at the master's level across the discipline. Students develop a plan of study, under the advisement of a graduate committee and may focus on various emphasis areas in recreation, parks and leisure services or in recreational therapy. Graduates of the master's degree are typically employed in management and administrative positions in a wide variety of recreation, parks, and leisure service settings. Graduates with a master’s degree with the focus on Recreational Therapy are typically employed in healthcare settings to include hospitals, physical rehabilitation facilities, behavioral health, facilities, long-term care facilities, and other facilities focused on healthcare. These include areas such as campus recreation, municipal parks and recreation, military recreation, YMCAs, state parks, and others. The master's degree is 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree and many graduate assistantships are available for qualified students.

PhD in Health, Leisure and Human Performance, with an Option in Leisure Studies

Students seeking the terminal degree in Leisure Studies engage in the PhD in HLHP. Those completing this program are well prepared for entry-level positions as faculty members in a wide range of colleges and universities. To facilitate student readiness to work in academia, doctoral students work closely with faculty, engage in course work and examinations, and participate in opportunities for experiences in teaching, scholarship, and service. Core learning experiences include an understanding of curriculum, applied ethics, and administration as well as developing an understanding of the common tripartite mission of most universities - scholarship, teaching, and service. The PhD requires 60 hours of course work beyond the master's degree; many graduate assistantships are available for qualified students.

Tim Passmore, EdD, CTRS/L—Associate Professor and Program Coordinator