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Rio Grande Campus
1212 Rio Grande
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512)223-3206 or (512)223-3211
Therapeutic Recreation
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About the Career

Therapeutic recreation assistants use recreation services and leisure experiences to increase or maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals. Activities may include sports, games, dance, drama, arts and crafts, and music, as well as community outings. Therapeutic recreation assistants work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, prisons, nursing homes, schools, and residential facilities, among other locations.

What can I expect to earn?

Entry-level salaries for graduates of Austin Community College’s Therapeutic Recreation program may range from $23,000 to $36,000 a year. According to the Texas Employment Projections 2002- 2012, job prospects are increasing. Therapeutic recreation assistants often opt to further their education to enhance career prospects and earnings.

About our program

ACC’s Therapeutic Recreation program will prepare you for successful employment as a therapeutic recreation assistant. A part of ACC’s Human Services Department, our Therapeutic Recreation program offers both classroom instruction and practical training, including internships that will develop your skills in a real-life setting. Upon completion, you will be able to seek certification with the Consortium for Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification.

Degree/Certificate Plans and Course Descriptions


All Internship forms and information can be found in the Forms area.

Helpful Links:

The Consortium of Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification

Texas Recreation & Parks Society

National Therapeutic Recreation Society

American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Therapeutic Recreation Directory

Contact us:

Lynn Beaman, Ph.D.

Human Services Department
Rio Grande Campus
1212 Rio Grande
Austin, Texas 78701

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