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2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Therapeutic Recreation, A.S.*

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Program Design

The Therapeutic Recreation associate degree program is designed to address the need for a degree beyond the Therapeutic Recreation certificate for students pursuing careers as a therapeutic recreation director or supervisor in long-term care facilities. The associate degree in therapeutic recreation will also prepare students to work in a variety of therapeutic recreation settings such as rehabilitation facilities, penal institutions, group homes, and facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Students can expect to obtain employment upon completion of this degree program or transfer to a baccalaureate institution in therapeutic recreation. Therapeutic recreation is a specialized allied health field within the recreation profession. Associated with leisure aspects of medical treatment, therapeutic recreation attempts to physically and socially rehabilitate patients who have chronic physical, psychological and social disabilities. It involves recreation services that give the patient an opportunity to participate in recreational, leisure and group activities specifically designed to aid in the recovery or adjustment to illness, disability or a specific social problem. Due to standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), students are advised that the healthcare facilities to which they are assigned for clinical rotations may require that they submit to a criminal background check before beginning their clinical experiences. Manchester Community College cannot be responsible for finding an alternate clinical placement for a student who fails to pass the background check. The program coordinator may assist students in finding a placement for their practicum, but it will be up to the student to do well during the interview and secure a placement.  A student who is unable to complete the required clinical experience will be unable to complete the requirements for the associate degree in Therapeutic Recreation but may be able to apply some or all of the credits completed to an associate degree in General Studies. Students are advised to meet with an MCC counselor to discuss degree completion requirements.


Students may enroll in this program full-time or part-time and attend classes days or evenings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Therapeutic Recreation degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Meet the state health code requirements to hold the position of a therapeutic recreation director in the State of Connecticut.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to successfully assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs for individuals with special needs both in a clinical and community setting.
  3. Have developed leadership, interpersonal and communication skills necessary to work in a healthcare or community-based setting.
  4. Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with the therapeutic recreation code of ethics. 

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Therapeutic Recreation Requirements

Total Minimum Credits Required: 60


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:

Students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate program should take BIO* 211  and BIO* 212 .

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