Bring Customized Training to Your Facility

OHCA offers a variety of educational opportunities that can be administered at your facility, company, or agency. These opportunities make learning important subjects and obtaining CEUs easier for professionals, and can provide cost savings.

Topics and program goals for the programs listed in our Education Catalog can be customized to fit the needs of your organization. For instance, if you decide to purchase the 40-hour ALF/RCF administrator training program and feel your organization needs more focus or education on change of condition, the course agenda and timeline can be adjusted to fit the specific needs of the audience. A conference call or meeting can be arranged with the presenter to discuss the areas of focus that are most important to your organization.

If you do not see a topic in the Education Catalog that meets your audience’s educational needs, please contact Melodie King to discuss options. We will make our best effort to accommodate your education requests.

ALF/RCF Administrator Training

The OHCA 40-hour Administrator Training Program offers a unique opportunity to learn about best practices from a variety of management companies, communities and respected consultants. It focuses on understanding values-based program concepts and practical implementation of critical resident services. This training program is designed to balance information, resource materials, and interactive exercises. This course will prepare you to develop services and procedures that reflect community-based care values and comply with licensing rules. Attendees will discuss emerging issues that impact services and how to comply with regulatory intent. Managers who attend this training will gain insight necessary to guide corporate policy development and undertake local community oversight.

View and register for upcoming ALF/RCF Administrator Training sessions on our Member Portal.

General Course Information

1 week, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Oregon Medical Education Center
11740 SW 68th Parkway
Portland, OR 97223

Administrator Course Links:

Activity Director Training Course

OHCA’s Activity Director Training Course is a self-paced, home study training. Attendees can enroll and begin this course at any time – making it the perfect training for busy professionals or people entering the field of long term care.

This course meets the 36-hour training requirements for nursing facility activity directors and the training requirements of OAR 411-086-0230(1)(a)(D) (Activity Services) for Nursing Facility Activity Directors. It covers all required topics under OAR 411-086-0230 Exhibit 86-1: 36-Hour Activities Workshop Required Curriculum.

View the Oregon Activity Director qualifications and requirements.


OHCA Members: $250/person
Nonmembers: $350/person

In addition to the registration costs, individuals who take this course must purchase the textbook Long Term Care for Activity Professionals, Social Services Professionals, and Recreational Therapists, Seventh Edition (available here for $50).


Register for the class here.

Contact Melodie King, CMP, Director of Education, Oregon Health Care Association at (503) 726-5227 or with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does this course work?
Once you have registered and paid for the course, you will receive a materials packet via mail or fax from the instructor. Complete this packet in full and submit it back to the instructor for verification, and you’re are done! 
What do I do if I have questions?
The course instructor is available to assist you with any questions or guidance you need throughout this process. You can contact her anytime via phone or email and she will spend as much time as you need going over questions and materials. She is there to mentor you through this process! 
Do I need additional materials?

Students will need access to the following publication; purchase of this item will be the responsibility of the student:

  • Long Term Care for Activity Professionals, Social Services Professionals, and Recreational Therapists, Seventh Edition (available here for $50).
How long do I have to complete the course?
Once enrolled, students have six months from program start date to complete this training course (start date is considered to be one calendar week from when Instructor has mailed materials packet). If the training course is not completed within six months of initial contact with instructor, the student forfeits the training fee and must re-enroll in order to complete the training program.
I'm a resident outside of Oregon, can I still take this class?
This course is intended for nursing facility activity directors in Oregon only. While many of the concepts will apply across state lines, much of the time is spent directly on the state requirements for Oregon activity directors. While this course meets the training requirements for activity directors in Oregon, it may not meet the regulations in other states. 
Why should I take this course?
This course is intended to meet the training requirements for nursing facility activity directors in the state of Oregon. This course is a home study training tailored to work within your schedule. As a busy professional, sometimes taking time out to do a formal classroom training can be challenging. This course allows you to juggle your day-to-day responsibilities, while also receiving a rich educational experience on your schedule. 
I changed my mind, may I have a refund?
After the course packet has been sent by the instructor, we are not able to issue a refund. 
What learning objectives does this training include?

This training will explore all aspects of directing a successful activities department in long term care settings. Activity Directors can enroll and begin the training program anytime! This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of documentation, implementing successful programs, meeting the individual needs of all residents, leadership skills, and professional networking. Course content is delivered through multiple avenues including overall analysis of activity program, client/resident interaction, onsite experience, homework assignments and research.

  • State and Federal Requirements for Activity Services
  • Activity Program Planning and Analysis including creative and meaningful activities for groups and individuals
  • Activity Services Roll in Resident Quality of Life
  • Resident Care Planning Process and Communication
  • Medical Terminology, Documentation Skills, Orientation to Medications, and Behavior Side Effects
  • Clinical Record Documentation and Taking Histories
  • Physical and Behavioral Changes Associated with the Aging Process
  • Ethics for the Care Provider; Confidentiality

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep

This course is online and self-paced. AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is the first step toward achieving ANCC certification. Nurses who complete the Gero Nurse Prep course experience a 96% pass rate on the ANCC exam. Gero Nurse Prep is affordable and comes with 30 expertly developed CEUs for RNs.

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Role of the RN

This three-day intensive orientation to the role of the nurse in community based care will benefit both new and experienced assisted living and residential care nurses. Participants will not only learn the foundations and basic principles of community based care nursing in ALF/RCF but also how to operationalize the critical roles and responsibilities of a CBC nurse. Health service directors will understand the scope of the settings and practice, health service related regulations including medication administration and regulatory focuses, delegation, service planning and RN oversight/assessment of residents’ health care needs, quality improvement systems, and documentation.

Role of the RN Additional Resource Materials

Several public resources will be referenced throughout the course including the assisted living/residential care OARs and other related resources which are not included in your class training manual. These resources are available complimentary online for public viewing. In each Role of the RN class, OHCA will provide a limited number of printouts of these resources for participants to share and review as needed throughout the class.

Participants: if you’d like to print these additional resource materials and bring them to class or reference them after the class has concluded, please email for the PDF links. If you are unable to print these additional resource materials and you’d like to have them, you can order a book of the materials from OHCA for $49 by emailing

View upcoming Role of the RN sessions on our events calendar.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

What CNA training does OHCA provide?

OHCA has partnered with IPCed to provide the Online Certified Nursing Assistant Training program to long term care providers in Oregon. Dozens of in-facility nursing assistant training programs have been authorized by the OSBN to utilize the OHCA/IPCed Online Certified Nursing Assistant Training program.

You can use this program to help create your own program within your facility or as an adjunct to enhance your current program.

If you already have a nursing assistant training program, you may be able to lower your training costs by utilizing the Online Certified Nursing Assistant Training program.

To learn about utilizing our online course, and to inquire about program costs, classes and schedules, email OHCA.

How This Training Works

  • If you are an existing nursing assistant training provider, OHCA will help you create an addendum to your Oregon State Board of Nursing’s (OSBN) application to authorize your program to utilize the online course.
  • If you’re not currently an approved training provider, we will assist you with the OSBN’s application to become a nursing assistant training program provider.
  • We train your instructors on how the online course works.
  • You accept and enroll your students.
  • The students take the classroom equivalent online and attend your program’s lab and clinical components.

Advantages of This Training Over Other Options

  • Allows you to train your students to become certified nursing assistants without having to develop didactic curriculum or provide the lecture portion of the training, thus saving nursing instructor time and lower your training costs.
  • Reaches individuals who prefer to learn online.
  • Assists busy individuals who need to work and can’t schedule extensive classroom time.
  • Allows your program the flexibility to overcome scheduling challenges and needs of potential students.

AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO)

The AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course provides education for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists.   Individuals who complete the course will be trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their nursing facilities.

The course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by subject matter experts who have real life experience working in long term/post-acute care.  It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control that are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a successful Infection Prevention & Control program.  Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certificates including 23 ANCC contact hours.

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Inspire Leadership Academy

Designed for leaders and professionals in the field of long term care with a minimum of 1 year of experience in a leadership capacity, the Inspire Leadership Academy is a 9-month training and development program that runs from September through May each year. OHCA members can use the coupon code OHCA for discounted pricing.