The Activity Director program on the Hutchinson campus of Ridgewater College offers career opportunities to work with the elderly population. Activity directors plan activity programs that enhance and promote the quality of life for the elderly. They work with activity assistants in planning, coordinating and leading daily, weekly and monthly activity programs, special events and services. Activity directors are also responsible for managing the activity department, staff and program. Other director responsibilities include volunteer management, care planning, documentation, record keeping, budgets, personnel management, community involvement, and working with other facility staff and department supervisors. Career opportunities are available for activity professionals in long term care facilities, adult day centers, senior centers, memory care, assisted living, and retirement communities. This program is part of the Professional Human Development area.
Course Outline
Required Courses
(22 Courses)
Course Title Credits
ADR 1015 Activity Ideas for Program Development
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
PHD 1005 Occupational Practicum 1*
PHD 1010 Cultures in the Workplace
PHD 1020 Sign Language I
PHD 1035 Computer/Machine Technology 2*
PHD 1155 Crisis Prevention/Intervention
PHD 1180 Employment Readiness
PHD 1405 Activity Program Development
PHD 1410 Community Agencies and Organizations
PHD 1420 Intervention Techniques
PHD 1501 Intro to the Activity Profession
PHD 1502 Health and Aging
PHD 1503 Activity Compliance and Standards
PHD 1504 Care Planning and Documentation
PHD 1505 Activity Program Planning and Delivery
PHD 1521 Intro to Activity Management
PHD 1522 Activity and Community Relations
PHD 1523 Activity Department Management
PHD 1524 Communication Skills for Activity Managers
PHD 1525 Volunteer Management
PHD 2050 Internship 8*
Total Credits: 44  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 45 while the section is listed as having 44 credits.
Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course Title Credits
PHD 1025 Sign Language II
PHD 1030 Sign Language III
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 20  
General education courses will be selected from at least 3 of the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer curriculum. COurses can be taken from any of the 10 goal areas.
Total AAS Degree Credits: 64  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.