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Course Title
Healthcare Activity Director


This course is designed as part one, along with OAP 7011-W1, Bridging the Gap, of a fast track alternative to (MEPAP I (Modular Educational Program for Activity Professionals) for individuals pursuing national certification with the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP).  When used in conjunction with the Bridge the Gap course, the Healthcare Activity
Director course will fulfill the requirements for the 90 hour MEPAP (Modular Educational Program for Activity Professionals), 2nd Edition, Part I.  It also serves as a prerequisite for OAP 7007, Activity Director Part II.


To provide basic training that prepares students to work as an Activity Director in a healthcare related setting.


  1. Overview of the Activity Profession
    • History of activity profession
    • Articulation of the levels of care in the long-term industry
    • Professional organizations related to therapeutic activity services
    • Certifying bodies for therapeutic activity services
    • Legal foundations and health care and social services agencies
    • Quality of Life versus Quality of Care issues
    • Articulation of residents rights
    • Professional responsibility in regard to regulatory requirements
  2. Human Development:  The Late Adult Years
    • Understanding the Aging Process
    • Understanding psychological, spiritual, social, and physiological human growth and development in the elderly
    • Understanding the effect of illness and dysfunction on a resident
    • Knowledge and correct usage of medical, psychiatric and social service terminology
    • Identify issues that resident may encounter when adjusting to long term care
  3. Standards of Practice:  Practitioner Behavior
    • Understanding ethics and professionalism in therapeutic activity services delivery
    • Knowledge the basic tools of written and oral communication, including technical and business writing
  4. Methods of Service Delivery in the Activity Professional
    • Understanding and demonstrated ability to apply therapeutic activity treatment modalities to produce desired outcomes
    • Understanding program components and desired outcomes
    • Demonstrated ability to apply principles of group work, including purposes, composition, dynamics and leader’s role in facilitating participant involvement
    • Understanding principles and procedures for activity management
    • Understanding of the scope and function of therapeutic activity services
    • Demonstrated ability to construct and implement service modes which meet the needs and abilities and personal goals of diversified clients
    • Understanding principles and procedures used to evaluate service delivery
    • Knowledge of community organizations and agencies that support seniors
  5. The Care Planning Process
    • Understanding the legal, ethical and practical aspects of the health record system
    • Knowledge of risk management principles, including legal liabilities
    • Understanding all aspects of geriatric assessment
    • Understanding Resident Assessment Instrument and its purpose
    • Knowledge of the function of the interdisciplinary care team
    • Understanding purpose, principles, function and procedures for planning care and services
    • Understanding participant needs assessment techniques
    • Demonstrated ability to observe and record progress toward client goals




Method of Instruction

  • Online instruction and preceptorship


  • Exam – yes
  • Preceptorship evaluation
  • Project evaluation