Activity Professionals Home Study Course

This course has been approved by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals

Students who complete this course will meet Federal and Iowa regulations to oversee the Activity Department in Skilled Nursing facilities.

Please note that this course is designed specifically for SNF as there are various assignments including MDS 3.0 and documentation specifically for the SNF setting.  Students are responsible for locating a SNF that will allow them to complete the required coursework as a volunteer if not employed at a SNF.

The following is general information on the 75 Hour - Activity Professionals Home Study Course.

This course is a home study course format, not on-line. Meaning that you do not have to log into chat rooms or go on-line to complete the work; all work is submitted through the postal service. Typically with the flexibility of the course format, students complete the entire course and send it in all at once in one flat rate box.

Although students will be working independently, they will be interacting with residents and co-workers throughout the entire course for various assignments. After registration, students will have access to a blog to network with others taking the activity training. Our course instructor is available for questions either through e-mail or phone calls.

Students have up to 6 months to complete the course in full. This would average out approximately 3-4 hours/week (75 divided by 24 weeks). Keep in mind it is a self-paced course so it's really up to the student how quickly you complete the work.

Students that complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

• Recognize the value of leisure for the aging population
• Assess the physical, social, and cognitive capabilities of clients for activity planning
• Documentation and MDS coding
• Develop and implement a plan of care specific to individual needs
• Facilitate an activity program appropriate for individual clients
• Become familiar with and utilize community resources such as volunteers, church groups, and various organizations
• Develop leadership techniques and teambuilding skills
• Understand Federal and State regulations and facility policy and procedures regarding the activity program