This program is designed to qualify students to work in the field of gerontology as Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and to provide in-service professional development. Students who complete the courses listed below, and thereby qualify for the Certificate, meet the standards established in the public health code of the State of Connecticut for workers in chronic care, long term care facilities, and Assisted Living facilities.

This program emphasizes work with elder populations through studies in written communications, sociology, psychology, human services, therapeutic recreation, and field work.  

Program Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Hernandez
Associate Professor, Human Services
Phone: 860-343-5816
Email: jhernandez@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow Hall 508

Graduation Checklist

Therapeutic Recreation Certificate – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester (Fall)
ENG*101 Composition  3
HSE*202 Introduction to Counseling and Interviewing 3
PSY*111 General Psychology  3
RLS*121 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation   3
SOC*114 Sociology of Aging
OR PSY*208 Psychology of Adult Development & Aging
Second Semester (Spring)
HSE*288 Developmental Practicum   3
PSY*103 Introduction to Holistic Wellness 3
RLS*122 Processes and Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation 3
RLS*221 Therapeutic Recreation
OR PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology
OR PSY*251 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
SOC*120 Group Dynamics 3
Total Credits:

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This page was updated 1/10/18