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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

RTTR - Track B: Therapeutic Recreation (TR) - BS Major

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76 credits (no minor required)

2.0 required for graduation.

C grade or better required in major courses.

RTTR - Therapeutic Recreation Major Map  

Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation (RTTR)

This major is designed to prepare students for professional leadership roles in a variety of public, commercial, clinical, community, and natural resource settings where recreational and/or therapeutic recreation services are offered. Within the major, students may select Track A, Recreation and Tourism (RT) and/or Track B, Therapeutic Recreation (TR). Students who graduate with the Therapeutic Recreation Track are qualified to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination. See the Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation  department page for career opportunity information available to graduates.

Admission to the Major

To be admitted to the Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation (RTTR) program, a student must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Be admitted to Winona State University as an entering freshman or transfer student.
  • Have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA as a currently enrolled student. (Note: A 2.50 cumulative GPA is required prior to completion of internship registration processes.) 

Denial of Admission

Students may be denied admission to the RTTR major for failure to meet any of the WSU or RTTR admissions requirements.

Academic Standing

  • To be eligible for an internship, a student must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA as it appears on the Degree Audit prior to completion of registering for his/her internship. Note: It is the student’s responsibility to complete a graduation application within the timeframe designated by the Records & Registration Services.
  • If a student fails an internship due to poor performance or a serious ethical or legal violation, he or she may be dropped from the major or will be required to participate in a remediation plan. A TR or RT internship may be repeated only one time. If a student fails a second internship, he or she will not be able to graduate with a RTTR major.
  • A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all RTTR core and supportive courses with the exception of internships, which are pass/no credit courses. Supportive courses must be at the 200-level or higher.
  • A student who has earned another bachelor’s degree or is currently pursuing another bachelor’s degree is not required to take Specialty Area or Supportive courses within the RT major (only). Note: If a student who is currently pursuing another bachelor’s degree decides that he/she no longer wishes to pursue the second degree, the student must take both the Supportive and Specialty Area courses.
  • It is highly recommended that students enroll in either STAT 110 - Fundamentals of Statistics  or STAT 210 - Statistics  for the General Education math requirement.

Assistance/Retention Plan

Students identified by the RTTR faculty as needing assistance in academic, personal or professional domains are required to attend a review meeting initiated by the advisor and called by the Department Chairperson. An assistance plan will be developed; the plan will likely draw upon the services of such units as the Counseling Center, the Writing Center, Student Support Services, Tutoring Services, and Advising Services.

Warning and Suspension Policy

Students must be in good standing (as defined by WSU) at the end of each academic year to remain enrolled in the RTTR program. Students not in good standing will be notified of their status at their advisory session. Students must complete an assistance plan to remain in the program; otherwise, they are suspended from the program.

Reinstatement Policy

Students may apply for reinstatement to the program, one semester after receiving a notice of suspension.


Students who are suspended from the RTTR program may submit a written appeal for re-admission to the department chairperson.

Internship (12 credits)

Internship hours are variable and may be completed over two semesters. Students are advised to complete all RTTR course work prior to enrolling; no student will be allowed to enroll in an internship with more than two RTTR course requirements remaining. Prospective interns are required to undertake a background check before they can engage in an internship.

Electives (6 credits)

To satisfy the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC), 6 credits must be taken from one or more of the following disciplines. This requirement is in addition to courses used for Gen Ed and MnTC. Each elective must be a minimum of 3 credits.

  • (4 credits)
  • Counselor Education - CE
  • Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences - HERS
  • Nursing - NURS
  • Psychology - PSY
  • Sociology - SOC
  • Social Work - SOCW

NCTRC Examination Preparation

Therapeutic Recreation (TR) students are strongly encouraged to take additional biology, sociology, psychology, and health promotion courses to fill their MnTC & GEP requirements. Through such courses, TR students gain additional exposure to content areas included in their National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination.

In addition to completing the TR curriculum outlined above, students who choose to sit for the NCTRC examination after graduation must meet specific non-curricular eligibility requirements related to their ability to provide professional and competent performance of TR services. Students can obtain more information about the NCTRC examination certification requirements on the NCTRC website.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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