A Student’s Story: Virginia Nurse Reaches Educational and Life Goal at American Sentinel
Our CCNE-accredited MSN, infection prevention and control program teaches nurses to create infection control programs and monitor critical infection control indicators in healthcare delivery systems. You’ll develop expertise in epidemiology, data management and data mining to improve patient care, and develop prevention and control policies to ensure patient safety.
- Graduates are prepared to assume roles in managing health risk and safety systems in ambulatory, acute and long-term care settings as well as in the public health environment.
- Our MSN, infection control program is recognized by U.S. News and Report as being among the “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.”
- Our competitive tuition rates and flexible payment options allow most of our students to graduate debt-free.
- Our MSN, infection control courses are 100% online and designed for working professionals, giving you the convenience and control to participate in classes around your busy schedule.
- Classes are eight weeks in length and start monthly – a benefit you cannot find at most universities.
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.