A Student's Story
Virginia Nurse Reaches Educational and Life Goal at American Sentinel
“As a nurse, I’ve always been a champion for infection control and patient safety.”
“I realize more than ever that my role is to heighten the practice of nursing by ensuring quality care in all aspects of the field.”
MSN, Infection Prevention and Control
The American Sentinel MSN, infection prevention and control specialization, prepares experienced nurses to create programs and monitor critical infection control indicators in health care delivery systems. Students will develop expertise in epidemiology, data management and data mining that improves patient care and develops infection prevention and control polices to ensuring patient safety.
The CCNE-accredited MSN specialization prepares nurses to create programs, lead teams and projects and monitor critical infection control indicators in health care facilities, delivery systems and local communities. Graduates will be prepared to assume critical roles managing health risk and safety systems in ambulatory, acute and long-term care settings, as well as in the public health environment.
Students graduating with American Sentinel’s MSN degree, complete 36 credit hours of course work. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.
American Sentinel’s MSN, infection prevention and control specialization, was created following similar principles that are 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.)
The nursing programs at American Sentinel University contain practice experiences. This is done to meet the accreditor requirement that RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN or DNP programs include practice experiences in the curricula to enable students to achieve the required educational competencies (AACN White Paper, Oct. 2012; DNP Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, 2006; ACEN 2013 Standards). These practice experiences have specific objectives, expected outcomes and competencies.
Practice experiences are not like the clinical experiences you completed to obtain your degree as a registered nurse. Practice experiences do not involve hands-on patient care. They are designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply the concepts and knowledge you learn in the nursing courses.
See Nursing Practice Experience Guide for more information.
Our rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of issues in nursing and health care, giving nurses the foundation and skills to expand their practice. Here are a few of the MSN degree program’s key courses:
- Principles of Epidemiology (EPI500) provides an understanding of the core principles of epidemiology of human disease prevention and treatment, with particular emphasis on emerging infectious and blood-borne diseases.
- Collection and Interpretation of Surveillance Data (N572PE): Students implement a surveillance and epidemiologic investigation, collecting and analyzing data. This course includes practice experiences.
- Infection and Control Capstone Project (N555ICPE) is the culminating experience for the infection prevention and control specialization student. Students develop a comprehensive infection control program demonstrating mastery of the specialization objectives. This course contains practice experience activities.
Infection Prevention and Control Specialization Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the MSN degree program, infection prevention and control specialization, will be able to:
- Apply principles of epidemiology to environmental risk assessment.
- Develop a comprehensive infection prevention and control program.
- Design a surveillance system.
- Interpret infection control data.