Recreational Therapy Assistant







Katharine Wright
Coordinator, RTA Program
(828) 448-3536

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Photo of a Recreational Therapy Assistant class participating in a game in classA Fun and Creative Career Helping Others!

Western Piedmont Community College’s Recreational Therapy Assistant degree program provides you the education to develop recreational activities that promote independence, confidence and rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities, injury or illness. Courses that involve learning how to plan, develop and implement activities, such as ropes courses, creative arts and watersports as well as leading or co-leading recreational therapy sessions (social skills, team building, problem solving, etc.) will prepare you to be very successful in this type of career.

So where can I work?

If you graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree at WPCC, you will be prepared for jobs in:

  • Day Treatment Programs
  • Group Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Home Facilities and Retirement Communities
  • Recreation Centers
  • State Facilities such as Broughton Hospital and J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center
  • Substance Abuse Centers

Statistics from ONET Online suggest that the salary (low to median) range for recreational therapy assistants in North Carolina is from $34,000 to $42,000 per year.



Program Costs, Graduation & Job Placement

Estimated Total Cost
for A.A.S. Degree

Tuition (69 hours @ $76/hour) – $5,244
Books (for entire program) – $377
Malpractice Insurance, Background Check, Immunization Tracking – $122
Apparel – $30
Supplies (notebooks, etc.) – $50

TOTAL: $5823

Graduation Rates


Job Placement


Additional Requirements for Licensure,
Certification or Approval

100% of graduates who applied for state licensure have been awarded the credential
by the North Carolina Board for Recreational Therapy Licensure

Why choose Western Piedmont Community College for recreational therapy assistant training?

  • WPCC offers the ONLY recreational therapy assistant degree program in western North Carolina.
  • You have the flexibility to start the program in any semester.
  • You will gain valuable hands-on experience through participating in field placements and internships. Also, there are lots of job opportunities in western North Carolina for licensed recreational therapy assistants.
  • We invite you to learn more about the Recreational Therapy Assistant program below, You can file an application for admission, set up a campus tour, or get more information by contacting us using the buttons at the top of the page.

What You Will Study

Recreational Therapy at WPCC is offered as a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree.

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Associate in Applied Science

The A.A.S. degree in Recreational Therapy requires 69 hours of coursework, which can be completed in two years of full-time study.

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Recreational Therapy Assistant Certificate

This 13-credit hours certificate is designed to meet the specific individual needs by allowing specialized training in recreational therapy education, programming, and activities.

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