Therapeutic Recreation Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


you can help improve the wellness and health of others with activities they enjoy

As a recreational therapist, you will have the choice of working in medical and non-medical settings, indoors and/or outdoors. You will help people will disabilities, injuries or illnesses get reacquainted and engaged in everyday life through structured recreational means such as art, games, sports and music. 

The purpose of this transfer track is to prepare you for a career in leisure services. Four-year universities and colleges offer a variety of leisure services programs including resort and commercial recreation, corporate and industrial recreation, fitness management, municipal and county recreation, therapeutic recreation and teacher certification. We offer the necessary prerequisites for the state of Florida university baccalaureate programs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for recreational therapists was $45,890.

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Carl Kleinschmidt
Coordinator, Aquatics & Wellness


Who is eligible for the therapeutic recreation option, liberal arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College. 


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to therapeutic recreation Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your scheduletoday.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area 6
See General Education Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •ECO2013, Principles of Economics, Macro 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
CGS1570, Microcomputer Applications 3
DEP2004, Developmental Psychology 3
MAR2011, Marketing 3
Electives 15



(Students should coordinate with their advisor to determine which electives will transfer to the four year institution of their choice. Also, students should fulfill the foreign language requirement, if necessary.)

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

@ Civic Literacy.


Division Chair

Mike Kandler
Wellness and Athletics
850-769-1551 extension 3830