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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 be awarded 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


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

Program Length

14 - 16 weeks

Courses start in January and August at CCBC Essex

Program Requirements

Orientation Session - Mandatory

Students are required to attend an orientation session prior to the start of the course.  For additional information, please call 443-840-4700.



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 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

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




AHL 915

Basic Education Course for Activity Professional I


Long Term Care for Activity Professionals, Social Services Professionals, and Recreational Therapists; Sixth Edition; published by Idyll Arbor; ISBN 1882883896; $60



AHL 916

Basic Education Course for Activity Professional I Practicum





Prerequisites Totals:





Course Series

AHL 917

Basic Education Course for Activity Professional II


The Professional Activity Manager and Consultant; published by Idyll Arbor; ISBN97818828832490; $60



AHL 918

Basic Education Course for Activity Professional II Practicum





Course Series Totals:





Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Expenses:

​Additional expenses include the background check and medical testing and cost approximately $180.00.

Skills for Success:

See the Technical Standards at the end of this document.

Career Opportunities:

​Professional Activity Directors develop and manage appropriate activities for adults in long-term care, adult daycare, and assisted living communities, using State and Federal required assessments and documentation standards.

Program Contact Information

Program Specialist:

Shauna Bullard                      



Essex, HTEC 001

Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Laubach



Essex, HTEC 001

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC’s Activities Professional Director

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Professional Activity Director is to adequately prepare students for a position in a long-term care center or other health care facility.

Following is a partial listing of the types of skills usually required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:

  A. Sufficient strength and mobility to:

  • Work/or stand on feet for up to 12 hours

  B. Adequate vision to:

  • Read patient ID bracelets for correct administration of care
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screens
  • Read medical measuring equipment, scale, thermometer, graduated cylinder, sphygmomanometer

  C. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand verbal instructions
  • Properly use of stethoscope
  • Hear machines/equipment or room bells


Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

  A.  Have the ability to:

  • Interact with other health professionals in a polite and professional manner
  • Respect patient confidentiality and rights
  • Adhere to all policies of CCBC and/or clinical externship facility
  • Work in a professional manner as part of a team
  • Interact in a professional with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds

  B. Sufficient communication skills to:

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner


Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Exercise independent judgment within the practice
  • Accurately identify and carry out tasks
  • Work calmly and efficiently in stressful situations
  • Maintain calmness during an emergency situation
  • Complete program requirements

Environmental Requirements:

  • Working in an environment that may be noisy at times
  • Working in an environment that exposes one to potentially hazardous materials including cleaning agents and chemicals, body fluids
  • Working in an environment with unpleasant odors
  • Provide proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and tetanus
  • Receive Hepatitis B vaccinations and/or sign a waiver


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