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Recreational Therapy Internship (Minnesota)

Recreational Therapy

Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) offers a 16-week Recreational Therapy Internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., that provides comprehensive knowledge and skills which will enable you to perform recreational therapy treatments and clinical activities.

Your education will prepare you to treat adult and pediatric patients with those medical diagnoses commonly seen in the rehabilitative clinical setting including: stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cardiac conditions and neurological impairments.

You will learn to utilize adaptive physical activities, specialized equipment, training videos and other resources designed to assist those with physical impairments.

The Recreational Therapy Internship takes place in a hospital-based environment, where you will learn and practice:
  • Treatment that utilizes physical activity to promote the individual's functional skills
  • Skills patients need to successfully live in their communities, including exploration of accessibility to buildings and return to past leisure and social activities
  • Leisure education as a means to acquire skills and develop knowledge of new activities
  • Recreational activities that promote patient mental and physical well being and independence

Mayo Foundation is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
(800) 621-7440
(312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462

The site for this internship is Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. You will train primarily on the rehabilitation unit, except when you are assisting patients with community-based educational opportunities and activities.

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester comprises an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and research and education facilities. It is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and Certification
Students receive a degree from their college or university commensurate with their didactic and clinical training.

Graduates then must schedule and complete their certification tests through the Education Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification. You must successfully pass this national certification examination to begin work as an entry-level therapeutic recreation specialist. Recreation therapy graduates must also complete a 480-hour internship.

For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per week, one evening per week and various weekends. While the regular workweek is usually 40 hours, additional projects, patient activities and homework may be assigned.

Class Size
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits three students (one each semester: spring, summer and fall) to its Recreational Therapy Internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This ensures you will receive a comprehensive educational experience with one-on-one instruction.

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