Arapahoe Community College

2015-2016 Catalog

Activity Professional's Training Certificate


CIP 510899 (BAP1)

This is a 2 semester program. The Activity profession is unique in health care because the focus is on “what is RIGHT with the person rather than what is wrong.” The activity professional is offered flexibility and creativity while improving the quality of life of older adults residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement communities and community-based adult day programs.

Students will learn how to meet the psychosocial, physical and cultural needs of the older adult through a diverse activity program. Students will learn the physical and social aspects of aging, program planning, regulatory requirements, documentation guidelines, volunteer management and administrative techniques. Classroom instruction will include presentations from a variety of experts in the fields of activity and aging. After successful completion of the activity professionals' training program the graduate is qualified according to federal OBRA regulations to be an activity director employed in a nursing home. This program is the only State-approved training program in Colorado.

Classes meet for eight-hour sessions three times a month for four months each semester. Practicum experience includes a total of 180 hours of working in an activity department under the direction of a certified activity professional. The curriculum for this certificate is aligned with the requirements established by the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals and the National Association of Activity Professionals.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College

Program Requirements

Major Courses

20 credit hours

APT 110

Activity Training Prof I


APT 188

Basic Practicum


APT 210

Activity Training Prof II


APT 288

Advanced Management Practicum



20 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this certificate must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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2015-2016 Catalog

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