Faculty of Health Sciences
Queen's University at Kingston

Infection Prevention & Control Online Course

The next iteration of the IPC online course will begin in September and will end in December 2014. This course will meet all the IPAC (Infection Prevention and Control Canada--formerly Community and Hospital Infection Control Association) standards, as well as the most current pedagogical best practices.

Registration is now open.

Fee: $1500

If you have any questions or would like to have your name on the list to be notified of registration for our course in September, please contact Cynthia Mangan at manganc@queensu.ca or call at 613-533-6000 (77621).

Dick Zoutman & Jim Gauthier Course coordinators Dr. Dick Zoutman and Mr. Jim Gauthier

Important Note: Extensive GROUP WORK makes up a big part of this course. You MUST be prepared to participate fully as a group member in working on ALL ASSIGNMENTS.

Topics covered:

  • Medical microbiology
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Disinfection, sterilization, environmental management
  • Surveillance, CQI & outbreaks
  • IC program management, community infections, LTC & home care issues
  • Resistant & emerging pathogens, antibiotic utilization & control
  • Occupational infections
  • Adult learning & teaching principles
  • Evidence-based infection control practice

Who should take this course?

New infection control practitioners in all health care settings, including communicable disease staff working in health units. We ask that you have obtained one of the following: RN, BSc or MLT.

Course Overview

The goals of the course are:

  1. To equip practitioners with the fundamental skills required to enter into Infection Prevention and Control practice.
  2. To provide a broad understanding of the core subject areas of infection prevention and control required for competence as a practitioner.
  3. To demonstrate to students (and for those whom they will teach and coach) life-long learning techniques that foster continuous professional growth and develop them as seasoned experts in the field.
  4. To give students a sound scientific foundation in epidemiology, microbiology and continuous improvement theory that will allow them to successfully apply these principles to the day-to-day practice of infection prevention and control.
  5. To review and detail the essential practice areas of infection prevention and control with an emphasis on practical application for daily practice in a wide variety of health care settings, ranging from acute hospital, non-acute hospital, long term care, home care and ambulatory care settings.
  6. To instill critical thinking to assist in the evaluation of how to effectively apply new knowledge in Infection Prevention and Control to a wide variety of health care settings.

Course Coordinators

Dick Zoutman, MD, FRCPC
Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Chief of Staff, Quinte Health Care, Belleville, ON; Professor Emeritus, Departments of Pathology & Molecular Medicine and of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, ON

Jim Gauthier, MLT, CIC
Instructor, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Course Coordinator, Office of Continuing Professional Development, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON; President Past, Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA-Canada) now known as IPAC (Infection Prevention and Control Canada); Infection Control Practitioner, Providence Care, Kingston, ON