Application Process Recreation Therapy


A.      Requirements for admission into the Recreation Therapy Concentration are based on requirements in place at the time of application to the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RCPT ) Major.

B.      Applicants may be admitted to Radford University RCPT Major prior to application to the Recreation Therapy Concentration.

C.      Application Deadlines: Submit application to the Recreation Therapy Concentration for Fall admission to the Radford Campus by the deadline date of September 10 for Spring admission and by the deadline date of February 10 for Fall. The Recreation Therapy Concentration application can be accessed from the website:

The application will only be submitted electronically.

D.      Only applicants with a cumulative or combined GPA of 2.75 or above will be considered in the admission pool for the Recreation Therapy Concentration; admission is however competitive and the GPA required to be admitted may be considerably higher than 2.75 depending on the number of slots available.

E.       At the time of application deadline (September 10 or February 10), students must have completed all of the following courses (or their transfer equivalents): BIOL322 (6cr) or BIOL310/311 (8cr), PSYC230 (3cr), and PSYC439 (3cr) with a minimum grade of “C” or better in each course.

F.       Within 2 weeks of the Fall and Spring deadlines, applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified of eligibility for entry into available slots for the upcoming semester(s). Student applicants will be ranked according to application credentials, including but not limited to: Overall GPA, in major GPA, previous coursework, and the essay portion of the application. Slots will be determined based on the number of students in the program, NOT TO EXCEED 20 students per year. Those selected will have 10 business days to acknowledge their intent to enter. Those who decline entry or fail to meet the acknowledgement deadline will be removed from the eligibility pool and must reapply for further consideration.


Upper Division Recreation Therapy Specific Academic Policies

 A.     A minimum grade of C is required in all Recreation Therapy courses.

B.     Failure to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 after admission will result in one academic semester probation. Failure to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of the probation semester will result in removal from the Recreation Therapy Concentration.

C.    If the student makes below a C in any two Upper Division Recreation Therapy courses (RCPT340, 342, 344, and 445), the student is withdrawn from the Concentration and may not apply for readmission.

D.    A minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major is required for Recreation Therapy Internship and graduation.

E.    In addition to meeting the preceding requirements, a student must remain in compliance with all other policies outlined in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Student Handbook.

F.    All students who are admitted to the Recreation Therapy Concentration are required to complete an internship that meets the NCTRC Requirements for certification eligibility.

G.    Students who withdraw from, or fail, upper division Recreation Therapy courses or fail to  maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA, may continue in a different (e.g., Tourism and Special Events or Outdoor Recreation) Recreation, Parks, and Tourism concentration only if they meet the standards for satisfactory performance in the overall major.