About the Infection Control Certificate
The prevention of avoidable infections is a key business imperative of hospitals today. In fact, hospital-acquired infections cost the health care industry billions of dollars each year and negatively affect patient outcomes, hospital success rates, provider liability and hospital revenues.
American Sentinel’s Infection Prevention and Control Certificate gives clinicians, nurses, physicians, managers, non-nurse practitioners, infection control team members and other health care professionals the academic knowledge they need to develop best practices for infection prevention and control.
Students in our program learn
- skills to assess, plan and manage infection prevention and control efforts within their organizations and communities.
- how to design a surveillance system as well as collect and interpret data – unique skills not covered by traditional credentialing or training programs.
Our 15-credit Infection Prevention and Control Certificate is one of the few academic certificate programs available in this area of expertise. It provides students with college credits while helping health care practitioners prepare for credentialing exams, such as the Certification in Infection Control (CIC®), offered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology1 (CBIC®). This program gives students the didactic information needed to prepare for the certification exam, but is not a prerequisite for sitting for the exam. Please see the CBIC website for the specific requirements to be eligible to take the certification exam.
American Sentinel offers a flexible, online study format, allowing students to fit their infection control course work into their busy schedules. Features of the program include:
- 100% online.
- 15-credit (five-course) program takes approximately 10-12 months to complete (this assumes the student completes one course at a time).
- Each course is just eight weeks long, and many courses start monthly.
- Evidence-based content comes from leading infection control agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
- Course content aligns with the evidence-based, foundational components of the new APIC competency model1,2.
- Students take courses alongside students in our Master of Science Nursing, Infection Prevention and Control Specialization, providing opportunities for peer learning and networking with industry professionals.
- Credits earned in our certificate may be eligible for transfer to the MSN, Infection Prevention and Control Specialization at American Sentinel, assuming all MSN admissions requirements have been met.
1 Certificate program was created following similar principles outlined in the Infection Control Professional Detailed Content Outline developed by the Certification Board for Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. is not affiliated with nor endorses any products or services provided herein.)
A bachelor’s degree in a health care-related field (public health, nursing, dietetics, microbiology etc.) is a required prerequisite for the Infection Prevention and Control Certificate. The individual must have received a minimum GPA of 2.0, as shown on the college transcript.
Program Learning Outcomes
This program provides graduates with the knowledge of core competencies used in infection control plus best practices for the prevention of infection outbreaks.
This certificate verifies a graduate’s academic preparation and provides a credential in the field of infection prevention and control. American Sentinel’s Infection Prevention and Control Certificate is one of the few certificate programs available for an infection preventionist to gain academic credentials in this area of expertise.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP TOWARD SUCCESS
Completion of the Infection Prevention and Control Certificate requires 15 credit hours.
Credits earned in our certificate may be eligible for transfer to the MSN, Infection Prevention and Control Specialization at American Sentinel, assuming all MSN admissions requirements have been met.
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The majority of infection preventionists (IP’s) or practitioners who work in the infection prevention area are typically nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, or medical technologists. Many IPs work within acute care settings. However, an increasing number practice in ambulatory and outpatient services, where they work to protect patients and personnel from health care-associated infections (HAIs). Long-term care and home health are other practice capacities where infection prevention and control is an increasing area of responsibility for nurses and other health care personnel.
As an IP, you could be employed within a health care institution or serve as an educator, researcher, consultant, and clinical scientist. IPs generally manage many responsibilities including collecting, analyzing and interpreting data to accurately track infection trends while planning for appropriate interventions, measuring success and reporting any relevant data to agencies of public health. Typically, an IP works to prevent HAIs in facilities by finding and isolating the sources of infection and limiting its transmission. The IP also works to educate personnel about infectious diseases and how to appropriately limit their transmission.