Infection Prevention & Control Online Course

PLEASE NOTE: Registration has now been closed as the course is now fully subscribed! Should you wish your name to be placed on a waiting list, please contact You will be notified should an opening become available.

The next iteration of the IPC online course will begin September 3rd and will end in December 16, 2014. This improved course has been redesigned to fit into a 4 month time frame. 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.

The curriculum is developed in consideration of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology's (CBIC) Examination Content Outline available at:

Language Requirements:
Note that English is the language of instruction for this course.

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 teleconferences.

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.

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: Extensive GROUP WORK makes up a big part of this course. You MUST be prepared to participate fully as a group member.

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.

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

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