The Activity Professional

In today's healthcare industry, it is more important than ever to have knowledge and skills necessary for providing alternative remedies to patients and clients including encouraging or supervising fitness or recreational activity. There are a wide range of opportunities available in today’s healthcare industry, specifically in the way of assisted living facilities where recreation and activity require much care from trained professionals. Learning more about any massage therapy professional with information and tools that will ensure success in this field.

The Activity Professional Program

This program overviews anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and human pathology in order to understand all the inner working of the human body, how you think about the human body as a health care professional, and how to communicate to colleagues and clients respectively about their bodies. In addition, the program discusses each body system in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions and explains how each system participates in homeostasis. The program further discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Additionally, the program discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system throughout the lifespan. The program also covers basic kinesiology principles as they apply to musculoskeletal anatomy and neuromuscular physiology. It emphasizes practical applications for hands-on practice, biomechanics applications for activities of daily living, and whole-body patterns in posture and gait.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will:

  • Describe the organization of the human body
  • Define and differentiate Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology.
  • Explain the contribution that each major body system makes to homeostasis of the body
  • Explain basic physiological processes in each of the major body systems
  • Describe selected human diseases in terms of definition, cause, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments for each of the body systems
  • Describe common issues or changes to each body system throughout the lifespan
  • Define introductory kinesiology terms and concepts and relate to manual therapy.
  • Identify skeletal and joint structures, functions, concepts, and alignment principles.
  • Identify muscular structures, functions, and concepts.
  • Describe NM structures and functions. Describe theory and steps in basic NM therapies.
  • Define introductory biomechanical concepts and relate to body-use patterns, manual therapy, and body mechanics.
  • List and define components of ideal and faulty postures. Describe applications of postural assessment to manual therapy treatments and body mechanics.
  • Describe components of gait and relate to pattern recognition and body mechanics.
  • Use Microsoft

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.