Activities Professional | Casper College, Wyoming

Activities Professional

Beginning fall 2012, students will earn a certificate of completion that is recognized as satisfying the State of Wyoming Training Course to be a qualified Activities Professional. This move allows the Training Courses to be offered more quickly and effectively to our workers in long-term care facilities.


Activities Professional

Activities professionals provide elderly and disabled clients opportunities to pursue social, mental, creative, spiritual, and recreational activities. They work in long-term care nursing, boarding, or retirement homes; swing bed or subacute units; assisted living, senior centers, or adult daycares. Participants will acquire the skills to meet the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 standards for long-term care and the Wyoming State Health Department’s qualifications to manage an activity program. The program includes 90 classroom hours and 90 practicum hours. This program is approved by the National Certification Council for Activities Professionals and endorsed by the Wyoming Activity Coordinators Association.
Course # CEU 1360 60
18.0 CEUs
Fri. and Sat., Jan. 19 and 20, Feb. 23 and 24, Apr. 20 and 21
8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: GW 222
Instructor: Terri Newman
Cost: $595

For more information, please contact Sarah Schneider.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What do an activities professionals do?
    • Activities professionals provide elderly and disabled clients opportunities to pursue social, mental, creative, spiritual and recreational activities. They plan and implement activity programs for residents that enhance their quality of life. Whether planning a holiday party, playing bingo or leading a stretching class, activities professionals work to provide a better quality of life for their clients. Activities include everything from field trips, games, exercise and crafts to videos, dancing and scrapbooking.
  • Where do activities professionals work?
    • Activities professionals work in long-term care nursing homes, swing bed or subacute units, retirement homes, assisted living centers, boarding homes, adult daycare facilities and senior centers.
  • How much are activities professionals paid?
    • According to a 2005 national activity professional association survey, activity professionals can make between $10 and $19 per hour. Wages are dependent upon facilities, so this is just an estimate.

Casper College APRO Courses:

  • The two-year State Approved and Required APRO program will be compressed into one year.
  • At the time of completion, you will have finished the entire National Certification Council for Activity Professionals Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (NCCAP/MEPAP) Wyoming State Qualifying professional requirement of OBRA Regulation f tag 249 to direct a long-term care activity program. This is one of the major education components to becoming Nationally Certified, as well as being a State Qualified Activity Professional! This is the only Wyoming based State Approved Activity Course.
  • This Course provides 180 hours of contact class time (instructor with students), along with 180 hours of Practicum's completion in their home care community. For those of students whom have completed the first APRO year, or even a semester of it, you can start later in the year, to finish! Casper College offers this on campus, with 30 CEU's.