Credentialing: National and State Certification

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SJSU Recreation Therapy students score above the National average on the
National Certification exam.


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Students who graduate in Recreation Therapy will be eligible to take the National (CTRS) and State Certification exams (RTC).

  • The CTRS credential is recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as well as many governmental regulatory agencies.
  • Entry level professionals who seek these credentials will need to complete the following:
    • A Bachelor of Science in Recreation Therapy.
    • Designated coursework
    • Full-time internship under the supervision of a CTRS (14 weeks)
    • Pass the NCTRC National Certification exam and/or the CBRPC State Certification exam
  • The CTRS certification is designed to exemplify the profession's dedication to quality standards and professional excellence.
  • There are nearly 30,000 recreation therapists in the United States.
  • CTRS have demonstrated a unique set of competencies, abilities, and skills for practice in a wide variety of health care and human service settings.

National Certification information

For State Certification information