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
(15 Courses)
Course Title Credits
ADR 1005 Professional Enrichment for the Activity Director/Assistant 3*
ADR 1010 Cultures in the Workplace
ADR 1015 Activity Ideas for Program Development
ADR 1045 Computer/Machine Technology
ADR 1155 Crisis Intervention
ADR 1180 Employment Readiness
ADR 1405 Activity Program Development
ADR 1410 Community Agencies and Resources for Older Adults
ADR 1420 Activity Interventions and Engagement Techniques
ADR 1501 Introduction to Activities and Aging Services
ADR 1502 Health and Social Issues in Aging
ADR 1503 Activity Care Planning and Documentation
ADR 1504 Activity Calendar Planning and Program Delivery
ADR 2900 Internship 5*
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
Total Credits: 33  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 35 while the section is listed as having 33 credits.
Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Choose one course with a GSCM prefix.
Course Title Credits
GSCI 1301 Introduction to Computers
GSCI 1302 Introduction to Computers
GSCM 1102 Applied Written Communications
GSCM 1112 Applied Oral Communications
GSCM 1122 Applied Oral and Written Communications 2-3*
GSCM 1132 Applied Technical Writing
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSWS 1432 Problem Solving/Decision Making
GSWS 1442 Team Development
Total Credits: 3  
Total Diploma Credits: 36  

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