Allied Health
Recreational Therapist

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Salary: $21,273 - $42,946
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Hourly: $10.61 - $20.07
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Outlook: 1 Stars
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Length of Training: 4-6 years
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Length of Training/Requirements
It is best to be certified as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certifcation (NCTRC). This requires at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, a formal internship, and passing a national certification examination. To keep this certification current requires a recertification process every five years. CTRSs may become recertified by accumulating a combination of work experience, continuing education, and/or retesting.

Licensure/Certification
Although getting certified is not mandatory, the CTRS certification (see above) is usually a requirement for an entry-level position.

Educational Programs

University or College City Degree*
Amarillo College Amarillo A
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Austin Community College Austin C,A
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Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos M
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University of North Texas Denton B,M
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate