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Arizona Recreational Therapy Licenses

Deciding on a career is a difficult thing to do, but the sooner you choose, the easier you will make it on yourself to ensure you get the education, and requirements that you must have to work. Recreational therapy is a great choice for a career, for anyone who is interested in spending their life helping others. Recreational therapists work with those who have disabilities, or illnesses. The therapist will plan different types of activities for the patients to improve their mental, physical and emotional condition. By using their brains, and working with someone patients can improve their sense of well-being. A recreational therapist will plan things like, art projects, crafts, games, and other basic activities for the patients to participate in. Many, who suffer with disabilities, mental illness, or physical illness, can begin to slide into depression, or feel anxious about their life. Simple things that can be done with them, by a recreational therapist can help to ward off these types of problems.

To become a recreational therapist, one of the first things you will need to do is get your education. Recreational therapists must have at least a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy or a closely related field. To do this you have many options. You can start your education at a community college, which for some is a great choice. Community colleges offer affordable classes, with smaller student numbers. This means you can get more one-on-one time with the professors, than is available in the larger universities classes.

Going directly to a four-year university is another option that can be considered. This has the advantage of making it that you don’t have to transfer in the middle of your education. You won’t have the same size classes, but you will be working with the same group of students for four years. This can help when you need to build study groups.

Online schools, are another fine choice for your education needs, these can offer a way for you to work in your own hours. If you are, working full time while trying to go to school this can be an important resource. Online schools allow you to work early in the morning or late at night, so you can do your requirements in your own time.

No matter where you choose to get your education you will want to make sure that you are going to an accredited school. If you aren’t it will make getting state required licensing and certificates impossible, and you will have wasted not only a great deal of time, but also money, and find yourself having to repeat classes you have already taken. You can contact the state department of education to ensure that your school is accredited before you pay for your education.

When you have your degree, you will want to look into any of the states requirements. The need, or lack thereof for a license can change, so it’s important to look into what the current needs are. Most of the time, licensing requirements information can be found through the Arizona state’s website. You can also call if you have any further questions. When you have met all of your requirements, you will be working in a career that gives you emotional fulfillment, and pride in what you do. You’ll find that when you are through all the steps you need to take that you will have more options for job positions than you had before you got started. Recreational therapists can apply to hospitals, federally run, and state run facilities, among many more positions.