Certificate in Activity Director Online Course

Work as an Activity Director in a Long Term Care setting

Certificate in Activity Director Online Course

NOW ONLY

US$849

Save US$400 (32%)
OFF RRP US$1249
Get Info Pack

This course is designed to give you the training and insight in working with the activity programs in nursing homes.

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 

This program is entirely online and is completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive six (6) months to complete this program.

This program provides you a window into the history of long term care. In addition, program participants will study industry regulations, communications, advocacy, ethics, service delivery, and volunteer management.

Upon completion of this program you will:

  • 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.

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing offline
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Unit 1

  • History of long-term care
  • Philosophy of person-centered care
  • Basic knowledge of the aging process
  • Misconceptions
  • Physical Changes
  • Cognitive changes: Dementia, Alzheimer’s
  • Mental Health/Illness
  • Psychosocial needs
  • Overview of applicable regulations
  • The Survey Process
  • OBRA resident rights
  • Regulations
  • Advocacy in self-determination
  • Resident/family councils

Unit 2

  • Types and techniques used for the admission and discharge process
  • Principles of documentation
  • Basic performance skills
  • Management of internal support staff, budgeting, supplies and outside resources
  • Getting to know the person
  • Person Centered Care Plan Development
  • Evaluation of care plan effectiveness

Unit 3

  • Role of the Activity Director
  • Programming Options
  • Various therapies in activity programming
  • Options and Uses for Adaptive Equipment and Interventions
  • Management of resident and community volunteers

Unit 4

  • Documentation
  • Infection Control
  • Optimal use of environment
  • Establish and facilitate group and individual participation
  • Clinical experience

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

1.    Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes, because our programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school.  Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2.    How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace.  When you register, you’ll receive six (6) months to complete the program.  

3.    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 hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

4.    Do I have to buy additional materials?

No

5.    Can I get financial assistance?

our 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.

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

7.    Am I guaranteed a job?
our 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.

8.    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.

9.    What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet.  You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer.  You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time.  We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is the best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

10.    Can I use a Mac?
Yes 

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.

About this Course

This course is designed to give you the training and insight in working with the activity programs in nursing homes.

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 

This program is entirely online and is completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive six (6) months to complete this program.

This program provides you a window into the history of long term care. In addition, program participants will study industry regulations, communications, advocacy, ethics, service delivery, and volunteer management.

Upon completion of this program you will:

  • 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.

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing offline
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Unit 1

  • History of long-term care
  • Philosophy of person-centered care
  • Basic knowledge of the aging process
  • Misconceptions
  • Physical Changes
  • Cognitive changes: Dementia, Alzheimer’s
  • Mental Health/Illness
  • Psychosocial needs
  • Overview of applicable regulations
  • The Survey Process
  • OBRA resident rights
  • Regulations
  • Advocacy in self-determination
  • Resident/family councils

Unit 2

  • Types and techniques used for the admission and discharge process
  • Principles of documentation
  • Basic performance skills
  • Management of internal support staff, budgeting, supplies and outside resources
  • Getting to know the person
  • Person Centered Care Plan Development
  • Evaluation of care plan effectiveness

Unit 3

  • Role of the Activity Director
  • Programming Options
  • Various therapies in activity programming
  • Options and Uses for Adaptive Equipment and Interventions
  • Management of resident and community volunteers

Unit 4

  • Documentation
  • Infection Control
  • Optimal use of environment
  • Establish and facilitate group and individual participation
  • Clinical experience

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

1.    Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes, because our programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school.  Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2.    How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace.  When you register, you’ll receive six (6) months to complete the program.  

3.    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 hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

4.    Do I have to buy additional materials?

No

5.    Can I get financial assistance?

our 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.

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

7.    Am I guaranteed a job?
our 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.

8.    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.

9.    What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet.  You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer.  You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time.  We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is the best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

10.    Can I use a Mac?
Yes 

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.

We provide a 7 Day Money Back Refund on all Courses

Now Only US$849 Save US$400 (32%)
OFF RRP US$1249
Delivery Method Online
Get Info Pack

Special Offer

 

Receive The Personal Success Training Program FREE, When You Purchase This Course - Limited Time Remaining!  (Value $600)

 

The Personal Success Training Program Helps You Stay Focused To Achieve Your Goals!
Benefits:
  • How to layout a Success Plan.
  • Get where you want to be in life.
  • How to unclutter your mind to succeed.
  • Achieve your dreams using your imagination.
  • How to have faith in yourself.
Features:
  • 12 month online access,  24/7 anywhere.
  • Complement your individual course purchase.
  • Internationally recognized by the IAOTS.
  • Thousands of positive reviews.
  • Limited Time Offer - Ends Soon.
 

Share this course

Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007GES172
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6 months to complete this program
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 70 Hours

Popular Courses and Bundles

Get a FREE Career Planner