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ed2go Health and Fitness Medical Activity Director
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Activity Director

The professional opportunities to care for the growing number of people who will use the supportive assistance offered in day treatment, assisted living, and long-term care settings are expanding faster than professionals can be trained. These positions can be rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling. Activity directors are responsible for directing, implementing and evaluating all resident activities as well as completing comprehensive assessments and care plan goals. Directing the activity program includes planning of activities for both individuals and groups, implementation of the programs, and monitoring the response to the programs in order to determine if the activities meet the care plan goals for residents.

Instructors will cover content that includes professionalism, documentation and ethics, working with residents with special needs, and adapting ideas to certain demographics within a facility. This course enables activity directors to excel by emphasizing the diverse nature of long term care residents and by providing a variety of activity ideas: creative, spiritual, physical, social, educational and sensory. The course focuses on developing caring and passionate professionals that are able to create, implement and evaluate resident centered activities that are part of the individualized care plan. This training is valid in the following states: WA, NM, KS, OK, TX, MN, MO, WI, OH, TN, NH. 

6 Months / 70 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Activity Director

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Activity Director Details + Objective

Course Code: GES172

You Will Learn
  • Identify the role of the activity director in today's long-term care environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of programming options
  • Show awareness of the role of various therapies in activity programming
  • Identify the availability, options, and uses for adaptive equipment and interventions
  • Discuss management of resident and community volunteers, including recruitment, training and recognition
  • Demonstrate ability to perform needed documentation
  • Structure planning for optimal use of environment
  • Establish and facilitate group and individual participation
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 70 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare to work as an activity director at a long-term care or assisted living facility, adult day program, retirement community, or community center
  • Develop the skills needed for a career that will enable you to help others and your community at large
  • Learn how to best interact and communicate with senior citizens
  • Jump-start your career and develop managerial skills
Activity Director Outline
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Long-term Care Fundamentals

Explore the history of long-term care and learn about the philosophies backing person-centered care. Develop basic knowledge of the aging process.

Physical Changes

Address common misconceptions about aging and examine the physical and mental changes humans face as they age.

Applicable Regulations

Examine psychosocial needs and receive an overview of applicable regulations. Learn about advocacy and resident-family councils.

Admission and Discharge Process

Discuss the principles of documentation, basic performance skills, staff management, and care plan effectiveness required to admit or discharge a patient.

Roles and Programs

Learn the role of the activity direction, programming options, various therapy techniques often used, and options for adaptive equipment.


Complete the course by learning about documentation, infection control, clinical experience, and how to establish and facilitate both group and individual participation.

Program Details

I.    Unit 1
A.    History of long-term care  
B.    Philosophy of person-centered care  
C.    Basic knowledge of the aging process  
D.    Misconceptions  
E.    Physical Changes  
F.    Cognitive changes: Dementia, Alzheimer’s  
G.    Mental Health/Illness  
H.    Psychosocial needs  
I.    Overview of applicable regulations  
J.    The Survey Process  
K.    OBRA resident rights  
L.    Regulations  
M.    Advocacy in self-determination  
N.    Resident/family councils  

II.    Unit 2
A.    Types and techniques used for the admission and discharge process  
B.    Principles of documentation  
C.    Basic performance skills  
D.    Management of internal support staff, budgeting, supplies and outside resources  
E.    Getting to know the person  
F.    Person Centered Care Plan Development  
G.    Evaluation of care plan effectiveness  

III.    Unit 3
A.    Role of the Activity Director  
B.    Programming Options  
C.    Various therapies in activity programming  
D.    Options and Uses for Adaptive Equipment and Interventions  
E.    Management of resident and community volunteers  

IV.    Unit 4
A.    Documentation   
B.    Infection Control  
C.    Optimal use of environment  
D.    Establish and facilitate group and individual participation  
E.    Clinical experience

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Activity Director Instructors
Cindy Gray

Cindy Gray has worked in the healthcare field since 1999. She began her career as a CNA, then completed her LPN, and continued with an ADN degree. She functioned as a Long Term Care charge nurse, Inpatient Rehabilitation nurse, MDS Coordinator, and Director of Nursing.

Following this she re-enrolled in college and obtained a BSN while performing duties of Human Resources, Staff Development Coordinator, Risk Management, Health Information Management, and Senior Living Manager.

Prerequisites / Requirements

Students should be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. They should be comfortable in an internet environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities and navigate to multiple websites. A valid email address is required for communication.

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems, Firefox, Chrome (preferred), or IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, e-mail account.

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

Click here to download the Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Flash Player.

ed2go will provide the required textbook for this program:

  • Long Term Care
Activity Director Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since ed2go programs are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?
This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

Do I have to buy additional materials?


Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
Can I use a Mac?


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When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

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