RPTA QUAD CITIES

RPTA-QC Accelerated Degree Track - Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges

Accelerate Your Degree Plans

Complete your education faster, and start your career sooner. The Western Illinois University Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration (RPTA) in the Quad Cities offers a unique program for Scott, Muscatine, and Clinton Community College students so that they can attain their associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in as little as three years. The RPTA-QC/EICCD Accelerated Degree Track prepares you for professional careers in the human services field in a minimal amount of time. You can graduate up to one year sooner than you would following a traditional curriculum path. You can transfer into the RPTA-QC/EICCD Accelerated Degree Track while still at Scott, Muscatine, or Clinton Community College or after you have completed your associate’s degree. The accelerated RPTA-QC major is paired with the accelerated Non-Profit Administration minor to ensure the timely completion of your degree program.

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EICCD/RPTA-QC Three-Year Degree Plan

Get your associate’s degree in two years, and do your bachelor’s degree in 12 months!

RPTA Fast track 2 FAST-TRACK 2

EICCD/RPTA-QC Fall Entry 16-Month Acceleration

Transfer with your associate’s degree* in the fall, and get your bachelor’s degree in 16 months!

RPTA Fast Track 3 FAST-TRACK 3

EICCD/RPTA-QC Spring Entry 20-Month Acceleration

Transfer with your associate’s degree* in the spring, and get your bachelor’s degree in 20 months!

The RPTA-QC Accelerated Major

An RPTA bachelor’s degree can lead to careers at municipal parks and recreation departments, YMCAs, convention and visitors bureaus, multi-purpose arenas, professional sports organizations, resorts, special events agencies, museums, national parks, nonprofit agencies, and more. The RPTA curriculum provides you with the opportunity for hands-on learning through classroom service projects, fieldwork experiences, and a formal 480-hour internship experience.

Non-Profit Administration Minor

The Non-Profit Administration minor makes it possible for you to become a certified professional in nonprofit leadership by completing coursework and service-learning opportunities in program planning, program administration, lifespan development, volunteer management, financing, marketing, fund raising, and public relations. Nonprofit youth and human service organizations play pivotal roles in helping people of all ages and backgrounds develop their capacities to live quality lives.

Cost Guarantee

In addition to guaranteed graduation in four years or less, Western will freeze your tuition and fees for all WIU courses for the length of the RPTA-QC program. To maintain the tuition and fees freeze, you will need to be continuously enrolled. This cost guarantee applies to all new students, full- and part-time.

Financial Aid

Concerned about college costs? Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges offer excellent value, with tuition among the lowest in the state of Iowa. Financial aid is also available in the form of grants, loans, work-study, and a wide range of scholarship opportunities. Students wishing to apply for federal or state financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.ed.gov. For more information, visit our website at eicc.edu/financialaid, or contact us at (888) 336-3907.

Year 1

Fall (13 + 4 = 17 sh)
    • Social Science: PSY 111 (3)
    • ENG 105 (3)
    • Life Science (4)
    • Arts & Humanities/Fine Arts (3)
    • RPTA 199 (1) Fieldwork in Leisure Services (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 270 (3) Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (NPA core)
Spring (15 + 3 = 18 sh)
    • Elective: PSY 121 (3) (NPA Core)
    • ENG 106 (3)
    • SPC 112 (3)
    • Arts & Humanities/Humanities (3)
    • Elective (3)
    • RPTA 376 (3) Perspectives in Outdoor Recreation (RPTA core)
Summer (6 sh)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Year 2

Fall (14 + 3 = 17 sh)
    • MATH 156 (3)
    • Physical Science (4)
    • Social Science/Economics or Political Science (3)
    • Cultural & Historical Perspective/Western Perspective (4)
    • RPTA 235 (3) Programming Principles & Applications in Leisure Services (RPTA core)
Spring (14 + 3 = 17 sh)
    • CSC 110 (3)
    • Arts & Humanities/Literature (3)
    • Cultural & Historical Perspective/International Perspective (3)
    • Elective (5)
    • RPTA 251 (3) Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (RPTA professional elective)
Summer (4 sh)
  • RPTA 111 (3) Introduction to Leisure Services
  • RPTA 199 (1) Fieldwork in Leisure Services (NPA  core)

Year 3

Fall (16 sh)
    • RPTA 230 (3) Leadership in Leisure Services (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 322 (3) Administration of Leisure Services 1 (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 398 (1) Internship Seminar (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 448G (3) Interpretation of Cultural and Environmental Resources (RPTA professional elective)
    • RPTA 467G (3) Special Events Planning and Management (AH Minor)
    • RPTA professional elective (3)
Spring (16 sh)
    • RPTA 323 (3) Administration of Leisure Services II
    • (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 397 (3) Research and Evaluation in Leisure Services (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 399 (1) Issues in Leisure Services (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 482G (3) Facility Management (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 424G (3) Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (AH Minor)
    • RPTA 428G (3) Youth and Leisure Services or RPTA 430 Principles of Recreational Sports (AH Minor)
    • RPTA 470 (0) American Humanics Management Institute (AH Core)
Summer (13 sh)
    • RPTA 499 (12) Internship in Leisure Services (RPTA core)
    • RPTA 490 (1) Independent Study

Year 1

Fall (17 sh)
  • RPTA 199 (1) Fieldwork in Leisure Service
  • RPTA 251 (3) Introduction to Therapeutic
  • RPTA 235 (3) Programming Principles and Applications in Leisure Services
  • RPTA 322 (3) Administration of Leisure Services
  • RPTA 398 (1) Internship Semina
  • RPTA 270 (3) Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (NPA core)
  • RPTA 230 (3) Leadership in Leisure Services (RPTA core)
Spring (19 sh)
  • RPTA 376 (3) Perspectives in Outdoor Recreation
  • RPTA 397 (3) Research and Evaluation in Leisure Services
  • RPTA 399 (1) Issues in Leisure Services
  • RPTA 482G (3) Facility Management
  • RPTA 323 (3) Administration of Leisure Service 2 (RPTA core)
  • RPTA 424G (3) Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (NPA Minor)
  • RPTA 470 (0) American Humanics Management Institute (NPA Core)
  • RPTA 111 (3) Introduction to Leisure Services (RPTA Core)
Summer (13sh)
  • RPTA 499 (12) Internship in Leisure Services (RPTA core)
  • RPTA 490 (1) Independent Study

Year 2

Fall (16 sh)
  • RPTA 199 (1) Fieldwork in Leisure Services
  • NPA minor (3)
  • RPTA professional elective (3)
  • RPTA 467G Special Events Planning and Management (NPA Minor) (3)
  • RPTA professional elective (3)
  • SPED 310 or Soc 360 or Psych 221 or NPA core (3)