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Activities Professional Director

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Program Description

This Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) course series prepares students to meet the standards to become an Activities Professional Director and to sit for the national certification examination. Activities Professional Directors manage activities and advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. They are also responsible for documenting activities in compliance with local and federal health regulations and staff development

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will earn a CCBC Workforce Training Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam for professional activities.

Certifying Organization:

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals


Career Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to move into a position that is more material/inventory related, teach, or become supervisors in central processing departments.  Membership in the International Association of Health Care Central Services Material Management (IACSHMM) is recommended.

External Credential: Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) – The CRCST exam tests for proficiency in: cleaning, decontamination, and disinfection; preparation and packing; sterilization process; patient care equipment; sterile storage and inventory management; documentation and record maintenance; and customer relations.  For additional info see IACSHMM’s detailed information.

Program Length

6-8 months; 2-3 cohorts offered each year

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. All students must be computer literate and have Internet access. Practicum eligibility is in part dependent on a criminal background check and urine drug testing. Cost of the test is the responsibility of the student.

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator PRIOR to first class:

Negative PPD (six months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old

Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella

Current Flu vaccination

Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form

Tetanus shot (less than ten years)

Copy of health insurance card

Copy of high school diploma or GED

Clinical eligibility is in part dependent upon a criminal background check and random urine drug testing. Cost of testing is the responsibility of the student. Go to http://precheck.com/ for more information.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Prospective students are required to attend an orientation session.

Program Course Sequence

1. (Prerequisite) Basic Education Course for Activity Professional I: AHL 915

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Long Term Care for Activity Professionals, Social Services Professionals, and Recreational Therapists; Sixth Edition; published by Idyll Arbor; ISBN 1882883896; $83.15

2. (Prerequisite) Basic Education Course for Activity Professional I Practicum: AHL 916

  • Textbook/Materials: None

3. Basic Education Course for Activity Professional II: AHL 917

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • The Professional Activity Manager and Consultant; published by Idyll Arbor; ISBN97818828832490; $60

4. Basic Education Course for Activity Professional II Practicum: 918

  • Textbook/Materials: None

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $2076-$2096 (Tuition-$1159/Fees-$917-$937)
  • Textbook/Materials: $83.15

Course Substitutions:

Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with OFAD 141, or ALHL 115, or AHL 717.

HIPAA AHC 360 can be substituted with AHL 719 or AHC 356.

Program Contact Information


Lisa Thomas                      



Essex, HTEC 013

Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Laubach



Essex, HTEC 001

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

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