Infection Prevention & Control Online Course

Registration Link:

Should you wish to register for the course begining September 2017, please see

In order to confirm a place in this course, you must pay the full amount of registration ($1500).

If the course is full or you simply wish to add your name for future courses, please see this link
Please contact should you have questions.

International Participants:
We cannot at this time, accept participants from abroad due to the time zone challenges and the group work that is part of this course. If you do live abroad, please refrain from registering.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Course Format

IPAC Canada has endorsed this course which has recently been redesigned to update the Infection Prevention and Control content and to reflect current pedagogical strategies. The course will cover all the IPAC Canada (Infection Prevention and Control Canada--formerly Community and Hospital Infection Control Association)/ APIC (Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology) professional practice standards. The curriculum is also based on the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology's (CBIC) Examination Content Outline, available at:

Language Requirements:
English is the language of instruction for the Online Basic Infection Prevention and Control course and will be the language used by the participants and by the instructors of this course to communicate orally as well as electronically.

All applicants accepted into this course must have a level of comprehension in the English language that will enable them to communicate effectively with their group members and fellow classmates. Although this course is an online course, participants will be responsible for compiling and summarizing independent work, doing group work, as well as communicating orally with group members via webinars/teleconferences, depending on the method your learning group chooses.

If your first language is NOT English (i.e., the language learned in the home as a child), you must have obtained the minimum score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) as noted below to be accepted into this course. Please forward a certificate of your mark with your registration.

If you have not passed the TOEFL with the required score as noted below, please do not register.

Required Scores on TOEFL Tests

Internet-based Test: You must have achieved a TOTAL SCORE of 100 with a SPEAKING SCORE of 25 and a WRITING SCORE of 25.

Computer-based Test: You must have achieved a TOTAL SCORE of 250, with an ESSAY RATING Score of 6.0, and a TSE (Test of Spoken English) score of 55.

Paper-based Test: You must have achieved a TOTAL SCORE of 600, and a TWE (Test of Written English) SCORE of 6.0, and a TSE (Test of Spoken English) score of 55.

The IELTS will also be accepted with an overall score of 7. (NB: Please note the minimum grade has been upgraded from 6.5 to 7.

Fee: $1500

If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Mangan at or call at 613-533-6000 (77621).

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

Important Note: GROUP WORK is a component of this course. You MUST be prepared to participate fully as a group member.

Topics covered:

  • Life-long Learning: Principles of Adult Learning
  • Evidence-based Medicine & Literature Searching
  • Infectious Diseases Processes-Clinical Microbiology
  • Routine Practices and Added Precautions
  • Disinfection, Sterilization, Re-processing and Construction
  • Epidemiologic Investigation and Surveillance
  • Epidemiology of Health Care Acquired Infections
  • Employee and Occupational Health
  • Public Health and Education
  • Management of Infection Prevention and Control

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.

Unfortunately at this time, our couse cannot accommodate international participants due to group assignments and time zone conflicts.

Course Purpose:

This Infection Prevention and Control course is an on-line interactive program for health professionals who are new to the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) or are about to enter into the practice of Infection Prevention and Control. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the practice of Infection Prevention and Control and to increase participants’ knowledge and skills for managing the prevention and control of infections and disease.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Identify fundamental concepts of epidemiology and microbiology as they relate to IP&C
2. Examine and investigate scenarios to practice problem-solving for IP&C
3. Practice critical thinking and management skills for engaging in:
• routine practices and additional precautions,
• surveillance,
• outbreak control of infections and disease within clinical and public health settings
4. Collaborate with colleagues to demonstrate teamwork skills reflective of the inter-professional
   working relationships found within healthcare settings.
5. Apply research, teaching, and life-long learning skills through engagement within a problem
   based, online learning community

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, Infection Control Practitioner, Office of Continuing Professional Development, Queen's University