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Rec, leisure studies graduates post pass rate of 100% on certification exam

UGA students graduating with a degree in recreation and leisure studies and an emphasis in therapeutic recreation had a 100 percent passing rate on the certified therapeutic recreation specialist exam for the past two years.

Students who graduated from May 2002 to May 2004 and took the national certification well surpassed the national passing rate which averaged 74.3 percent, according to the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

“Historically, UGA graduates have passing rates well above the national average and above the Southeast regional average,” says Katie Bemisderfer, undergraduate coordinator for recreation and leisure studies.

By obtaining certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist, students are eligible for employment in community and residential settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, developmental learning centers, nursing homes, senior centers and camps serving people with disabilities.