Program Overview

Ridgewater College currently offers an Activity Director Certificate as part of their online programming.   This certificate allows students to pursue career opportunities to work with elderly and senior care programs.  The program requires 64 credits in an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students also have the option of earning an Activity Assistant Certificate, which requires 36 credits.  Activity Directors manages the activity department of senior-care institutions and programs, and are involved in supervising staff and volunteers, planning and implementing programs, communicating with supervisors and maintaining records and policies.  Activity Assistants work closely with the Activity Director in planning and carrying out activities as well as working one-on-one with residents/clients and leading groups.

Through lectures, labs, and hands-on training, students will be taught the necessary skills and understanding to run activity and leisure programs geared toward the elderly.  There is also a web-enhanced curriculum and several opportunities to work and network with activity professionals.  Students will learn management and involvement with interns and volunteers, as well as coordination of community service projects. Graduates will gain skills and knowledge in activity planning and executing, current issues in the aging population, volunteer management, calendar planning, creative activity ideas, communication skills, and much more.   

The curriculum used for these certificates is the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) Training.  It was adopted by the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals and is required in becoming a national certified Activity Director.  The module helps students prepare for the need in changing the healthcare and aging services industry as well as designing and delivering quality and meaningful activity programs.   There are two parts to the curriculum that consist of the Basic Activity Program MEPAP and the Activity Management program.  The instructor for the program has nearly three decades of experience as an activity director, consultant, and educator, and will offer students important insight, experience, and personalized instruction in the world of activity services.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    National Certification Council of Activity Professionals

    Requirements

    A high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate.

    School Overview

    Ridgewater College is a public, 2-year institution that was founded in 1996 and is one of the newer 2-year, public institutions in the state of Minnesota. Located in Willmar, Minnesota, the mission of Ridgewater is “to provide quality educational opportunities for diverse student learners in an inclusive, supportive, and accessible environment.” Ridgewater College aims to build and strengthen its ties with the community by partnering with regional businesses and industries.

    Ridgewater College offers associate's degree programs and certificates, including many programs that are offered in completely online formats.

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