Normal Time to Completion: 10 months
This program is offered online.
This program is not currently eligible for Title IV for new enrollments.
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The purpose of this certificate program is to educate health professionals on the principles of infectious diseases and promote the principles of infection prevention and control in health settings and the community at large. Health professionals who manage infectious diseases to control the outbreak or spread of these diseases (such as physicians, respiratory therapists, medical equipment managers, operating room technicians, public health workers, dieticians and nurses) are ideal candidates for the Infection Prevention and Control certificate program. Multidisciplinary teams are needed in healthcare settings to stem the epidemic of hospital acquired infections and develop comprehensive infection prevention programs. The core knowledge in this program is based on the latest evidence and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and the American Society of Infection Control Professionals (APIC). Teams are brought together in acute care, long-term acute care, rehabilitation, and long-term care settings to address these issues. This program provides education on the requisite skills to be an effective member of these teams.
The Infection Prevention and Control certificate program can also prepare qualifying students for the Certification in Infection Control (CIC®) initial certification exam, offered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC®), In order to be eligible to take this certification exam, an applicant's current job description must include accountability for infection prevention and control activities. Please see the CBIC website for all of the specific eligibility requirements for the certification exam: www.cbic.org
Graduates of the infection prevention and control certificate:
- Apply principles of epidemiology to environmental assessment of risk.
- Plan a comprehensive infection prevention and control program.
- Propose a surveillance system.
- Interpret infection control data.