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Infection Prevention and Control Certificate
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About Our Infection Control Certificate

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Certificate courses developed for healthcare professionals with a bachelor’s degree to gain the knowledge they need to develop best practices for infection prevention and control. American Sentinel offers a flexible, online study format, allowing students to fit their infection control course work into their busy schedules.

IPC Digital Credential

  • 1 course
  • Gain fundamental skills to interpret IPC data, assess and manage risks and develop evidence-based practices.
  • Develop infection control policies and procedures for dealing with internal infection and the influx of patients with communicable diseases.
  • Course includes 45 hours of practice experience activities
  • 100% online
  • Flexible course options:
    • 16-week competency-based course (self-paced Powered by SIMPath® format)
    • 8-week traditional courses
  • Earn three graduate credit hours and an American Sentinel University Digital Badge and Certificate of Completion.

Cost: $1,680

IPC Certificate

  • 5 courses
  • Course content aligns with the evidence-based, foundational components of the new APIC competency model 1,2.
  • 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.
  • 100% online
  • Flexible course options:
    • 16-week semester (self-paced Powered by SIMPath® format)
    • 8-week traditional courses
  • IPC Certificate courses can be applied to American Sentinel’s MSN, Infection Prevention and Control degree
  • Earn 15 graduate credit hours and an American Sentinel Graduate Certificate

Cost:

Infection Control Certificate Admissions Requirement:

Bachelor’s degree in a healthcare-related field such as public health, nursing, microbiology, etc.). You must have a minimum of a 2.0 in your bachelor’s program as shown on your transcript.

Term-Based vs. Powered by SIMPath®

We offer our Infection Prevention and Control Certificate and digital credential in two different formats.

Term-Based

Ideal for learners who prefer a structured approach with more guidance and less emphasis on computer simulated learning environments.

  • Coursework is presented completely online
  • Monthly starts
  • Structured 8-week courses
  • Courses are in a traditional format:
    • Highly structured courses with consistent due dates. Discussion posts are due on Wednesdays and papers are due on Monday mornings.
    • Regular peer interaction through discussion posts
    • Competencies are mainly demonstrated through writing papers
    • Fewer virtual simulation assignments

Powered by SIMPath®

Ideal for self-disciplined learners who are comfortable with technology and want to move through their specialization courses at their own pace and demonstrate their skills utilizing an array of methods. 

  • Coursework is presented completely online
  • Monthly starts
  • Register for 16-week semesters and complete courses at your own pace
  • Courses are in our Powered by SIMPath® format:
    • Show mastery of competencies in unique ways such as PowerPoint presentations, graphics, videos, papers or something completely new
    • Utilize virtual simulations such as Sentinel City® and Sentinel Town® to enhance the learning experience
    • Weekly meeting with your instructor and peers to keep you on track
    • No “due dates” – although all projects need to be submitted by the end of the 16-week semester

Infection Prevention and Control Certificate

Outcomes

  • Apply principles of epidemiology to environmental assessment of risk.
  • Develop a comprehensive infection prevention and control program.
  • Design a surveillance system.
  • Interpret infection control data.

IPC Certificate Curriculum

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. View more information on practice experiences.

IPC Certificate – Term Based Curriculum

Completion of the MSN, nursing education specialization, requires 36 credit hours. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.

View more information on MSN practice experiences.

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

IPC Certificate – Powered by SIMPath® Curriculum

Completion of the MSN, nursing education specialization, requires 36 credit hours. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.

View more information on MSN practice experiences.

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

Infection Prevention and Control Digital Credential

Outcomes:

  • Develop infection control policies and procedures for dealing with internal infection and the influx of patients with communicable diseases.

IPC Digital Credential Curriculum

Completion of the Infection and Control digital credential requires 3 credits. You will receive a Digital Badge and Certificate of Completion.

CoursesCredit Hours*
N570PE Infection Prevention and Control3

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

What Our Students Are Saying

American Sentinel was there for me every step of the way. I went through a whole lot to make this degree happen. The people there were wonderful and helped me whenever I needed it.

Arkansas Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Earns MSN

Dana Mitchusson

MSN, Infection Prevention and Control with Catholic Health Initiatives

At American Sentinel, you’re constantly learning from others at different hospitals around the country. It has benefited me in ways I didn’t consider. I’m glad I took the leap.

Kristi Felix

Kristi Felix

MSN, Infection Prevention and Control with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

I love the online structure of it and the eight-week courses, but I especially like the classes.

Whitney Daum

Whitney Daum

MSN, Infection Prevention and Control student with HCA

If you hold a BSN, and are interested in Infection Prevention, you might consider our MSN, Infection Prevention and Control Degree. Details here >>

Where is a Nurse Infection Preventionist’s expertise needed?

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Home Care
  • Hospices
  • Public Health
  • Behavioral Health
  • Emergency Preparedness

Infection Prevention and Control Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports:

“Although significant progress has been made in preventing some healthcare-associated infection types, there is much more work to be done. On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.“

The World Health Organization Reports:

“At least 30 new diseases have emerged in the last 20 years and now together threaten the health of hundreds of millions of people. For many of these diseases, there is no treatment, cure or vaccine.”

Source:
https://www.cdc.gov/hai/data/index.html
https://www.who.int/whr/1996/media_centre/press_release/en/