The Activity Director/Activity Assistant program on the Hutchinson campus of Ridgewater College offers career opportunities to work with the elderly. Activity professionals provide activity programming, planning, activity calendar development, intervention techniques, and volunteer management. An Activity Director manages the activity department, staff and program. Activity Assistants carry out the daily activity program for all levels of the aging populations. Career opportunities are available for activity professionals in long term care facilities, adult day care centers, senior centers, assisted living, and senior housing facilities. This program is part of the Professional Human Development area.

Certificate options available: Basic Activity Program, Advanced Activity Program, and Activity Aide. NOTE: Off campus training for NCCAP certification is also available.

Course Outline
Required Courses
(18 Courses)
Course Title Credits
ADR 1015 Activity Ideas for Program Development
GSCM 1102 Applied Written Communications
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
PHD 1005 Occupational Practicum 1*
PHD 1010 Cultures in the Workplace
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 1525 Volunteer Management
PHD 2050 Internship 5*
Total Credits: 35  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 36 while the section is listed as having 35 credits.
Elective Courses
(select 1 credit from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
GSCI 1302 Introduction to Computers
GSCM 1112 Applied Oral Communications
GSCM 1122 Applied Oral and Written Communications 2*
GSCM 1132 Applied Technical Writing
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSMS 1201 Applied Mathematics
GSMS 1202 Applied Mathematics
GSMS 1222 Applied Elementary Algebra
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
GSWS 1422 Quality Management
GSWS 1432 Problem Solving/Decision Making
GSWS 1442 Team Development
GSWS 1471 CPR for Health Care Providers
Total Credits: 1  
Total Diploma Credits: 36  

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