The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “Three critical efforts to prevent an HAI are 1) prevent infections related to surgery or placement of a catheter, 2) prevent spread of bacteria between patients, and 3) improve antibiotic use.” (CDC.gov) Hospitals and healthcare professionals today are using the CDC’s recommendations as guiding principles to improve patient care, reduce liability and protect hospital revenue.
American Sentinel’s Infection Prevention and Control Certificate (IPC) courses give clinicians, nurses, physicians, managers, infection control team members and other health care professionals the academic knowledge they need to develop best practices for infection prevention and control. Our 15-credit Infection Prevention and Control Certificate is one of the few academic certificate programs available in this area of expertise.
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.
Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program Features
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.)
Infection Control Certificate Eligibility
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.
What You’ll Learn in Our Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program
This program provides graduates with the knowledge of core competencies used in infection control and 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 a healthcare professional looking to gain a strong understanding of best practices and the implementation of an IPC program.
Graduates of the Infection Prevention and Control Certificate program will be able to:
- 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.
How Do I Choose Between an IPC Certificate or an MSN with Specialization in IPC?
If you are a Registered Nurse you can choose between the IPC Certificate or the MSN, Infection Prevention and Control. Here’s a comparison to help you decide which program is best for you:
- 5 courses – 15 credits
- No transfer credits allowed
- Benefits – short program to add IPC to credentials if you already have an MSN or other healthcare degree, meet employer needs, provide IPC credentials, further IPC knowledge or stay up-to-date in an evolving industry
MSN, specialization in IPC
- 3 courses – 36 credits
- CIC may count for 3 courses
- Benefits – earn an MSN with a specialization in a field you are interested in and that has incredible demand in today’s healthcare industry.
The great news is that IPC certificate courses are part of the MSN, Infection Prevention and Control degree program. So, IPC certificate courses can be applied to the MSN if you decide to pursue the MSN degree.