Activity Director

Activity Directors are responsible for directing, implementing, and evaluating all resident activities as well as completing comprehensive assessments and care plan goals. Directing the activity program includes planning of activities for both individuals and groups, implementation of the programs, and monitoring the response to the programs in order to determine if the activities meet the care plan goals for residents.

Instructors will cover content that includes professionalism, documentation and ethics, working with residents with special needs, and adapting ideas to certain demographics within a facility. This course enables Activity Directors to excel by emphasizing the diverse nature of long term care residents and by providing a variety of activity ideas: creative, spiritual, physical, social, educational, and sensory. The course focuses on developing caring and passionate professionals that are able to create, implement and evaluate resident centered activities that are part of the individualized care plan.

The Activity Director will be a prepared to work in a:

  • Long-Term Care facility
  • Assisted Living
  • Adult Day Program
  • Retirement Community
  • Community Center

Who Should Attend

Individuals interested in working in Long-Term care facilities, assisting residents with activities and social needs.

Certificate Completion

Upon successful completion of the program you will earn a certificate of competition from California State University, San Bernardino, College of Extended Learning.

Career Pathways

The professional opportunities to care for the growing number of people who will use the supportive assistance offered in day treatment, assisted living, and long-term care settings are expanding faster than professionals can be trained. These positions can be rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling.

Delivery Format

  • The entire program is offered online
  • Start anytime during the quarter
  • Complete it from the convenience of your home and on your schedule
  • Progress at the pace that matches your learning style

Course Information
Course No. GES 172
Units NC
Fee $695


Training Time

70 hours, 6 months

Expand I. Unit 1
  1. History of long-term care
  2. Philosophy of person-centered care
  3. Basic knowledge of the aging process
  4. Misconceptions
  5. Physical Changes
  6. Cognitive changes: Dementia, Alzheimer’s
  7. Mental Health/Illness
  8. Psychosocial needs
  9. Overview of applicable regulations
  10. The Survey Process
  11. OBRA resident rights
  12. Regulations
  13. Advocacy in self-determination
  14. Resident/family councils
Expand III. Unit 3
  1. Role of the Activity Director
  2. Programming Options
  3. Various therapies in activity programming
  4. Options and Uses for Adaptive Equipment and Interventions
  5. Management of resident and community volunteers
Expand II. Unit 2
  1. Types and techniques used for the admission and discharge process
  2. Principles of documentation
  3. Basic performance skills
  4. Management of internal support staff, budgeting, supplies and outside resources
  5. Getting to know the person
  6. Person Centered Care Plan Development
  7. Evaluation of care plan effectiveness
Expand IV. Unit 4
  1. Documentation
  2. Infection Control
  3. Optimal use of environment
  4. Establish and facilitate group and individual participation
  5. Clinical experience

This program provides you a window into the history of long term care. In addition, program participants will study industry regulations, communications, advocacy, ethics, service delivery, and volunteer management.

Upon completion of this program you will:

  • Identify the role of the Activity Director in today's long-term care environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of programming options
  • Show awareness of the role of various therapies in activity programming
  • Identify the availability, options and uses for adaptive equipment and interventions
  • Discuss management of resident and community volunteers, including recruitment, training and recognition
  • Demonstrate ability to perform needed documentation
  • Structure planning for optimal use of environment
  • Establish and facilitate group and individual participation


This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems, Firefox, Chrome (preferred), or IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, e-mail account.

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

ed2go will provide the required textbook for this program:

  • Long Term Care


Students should be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. They should be comfortable in an internet environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities and navigate to multiple websites. A valid email address is required for communication.