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Infection Prevention & Control Online Course

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Bright at queensic@queensu.ca or call at 613-533-6000 (77621).

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 Canadian 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 course 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

Group Work Requirement:

Group Work is a component of this course. You MUST be prepared to participate fully as a group member.

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: http://cbic.org/certification/candidate-handbook/online-handbook/preparing-for-the-examination#outline

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.

Recommended Pre-Course Reading:

 The APIC manual is an important resource and is highly recommended (but not mandatory) as a reference for this course. It is NOT included with the course material you will receive. You can view its cost and how to order it by visiting http://www.apic.org. Click 'Resources' and choose 'Store' if you want to buy the text. You can also subscribe to the online version in which case you would choose 'APIC text online.' You will find a price for both members and non-members. The fee is in American dollars. This text is also available in the Queen's library to which participants of this course have access while in the course.


This course has been endorsed by IPAC-Canada. This course has been endorsed by IPAC-Canada. 

The next course will begin January 13, 2020 and will end May 24, 2020. Registration has closed for this intake as the program is full.

If you wish to be notified when registration opens, please click here to provide us with your contact information.

Please see the following modules:

  • Lifelong Learning: Principles of Adult Learning and Evidence-based Medicine and Literature Searching (1 week)
  • Infectious Disease Processes: Clinical Microbiology (2 weeks)
  • Routine Practices and Additional Precautions (2 weeks)
  • Disinfection, Sterilization and Construction (2 weeks)
  • Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation (5 weeks)
  • Epidemiology of Health Care Acquired Infections (2 weeks)
  • Employee and Occupational Health (2 weeks)
  • Public Health and Education (1 week)
  • Management and Communication in Infection Prevention and Control (1.5 weeks)


Program Structure 

 There are three broad parts that reflect the type of learning activity and its objectives: knowledge gathering, knowledge practice and knowledge sharing.

  1. Knowledge gathering occurs by a wide variety of methods: assigned readings, self-directed research, group work, etc.
  2. Knowledge practice involves assigned case studies of infection control problems, short answer questions and online quizzes. There will be individual assignments and group assignments as well. To emulate actual professional practice, working in collaborative groups to solve problems is an important way to achieve goals and resolve problems. Group collaboration will occur by email, SKYPE, online chat or whichever method your group determines to be of mutual convenience.
  3. Knowledge sharing is a huge part of this course. Participants are asked to post individual assignments and to comment on their classmates’ assignments throughout the course.

    Students' progress through the phases of knowledge gathering, practice and sharing will be continuously monitored by our highly qualified expert faculty. You will interact with faculty by e-mail, chat and other methods chosen by individual faculty. Your assignments will be graded and you will receive feedback on your performance throughout the course.

Please note: Participants' course e-mail addresses will be shared with the other participants of this course to allow small-group and large-group discussions to take place. 

Course Coordinators

Dick Zoutman, MD, FRCPC, CCPE, C. Dir Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Chief of Staff, Scarborough Rouge Hospital; Emeritus Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, and of Nursing, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Jim Gauthier, MLT, CIC, Instructor of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Infection Control Practitioner, Queen's University

Course Instructors

Sandra Callery, BScN, MHSc, CIC, Director of Infection Control, Public Health Ontario Toronto, ON

Sandra Halliday, MSL, Public Services Librarian, Bracken Health Sciences Library, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University

Susan McIntyre, RegN, EMBA Candidate, Director, Occupational Health, Safety, Infection Prevention & Control, Providence Care Hospital, Kingston, ON

Kathleen Poole, RegN, MScN, CIC, COHN(c), Occupational Health, Providence Care, Kingston, ON

David Ryding, BHSc, BASc, CPHI(C), CIC, MPH, Infection Control Consultant, Public Health Ontario, Regional Infection Control Network – South Eastern Ontario

Prameet Sheth, MSc, PhD, D(ABMM) Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences and Pathology; Clinical Microbiologist, Division of Microbiology, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston, Ontario

Stephanie W. Smith, MD, MSc (Epi), FRCPC, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Director, Infection Prevention and Control, University of Alberta

Denise Stockley, PhD, Professor, Teaching & Learning Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


Participants must have basic computer skills; you must be able to share documents electronically (upload/download) and be able to work with word processing files as well as electronic spread sheets. For group assignments, it is requested that you upload Word documents to ensure instructors can comment easily.

Internet Connection: You MUST have a high speed connection. (eg. cable, DSL, ethernet) is essential for this online course. NOTE: Dial-up with a modem is not adequate for this course!


Windows Users:

  • A Pentium processor-based PC or compatible computer
  • At least 256MB of RAM
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound Card with speakers and/or headset

Mac Users:

  • Computer: 400 MHz PowerPC G3 or faster
  • Macintosh RAM: At least 256MB of RAM
  • Operating System: Mac OS X v10.3.x or later   

NB: iPads:
Since the lecture series for this course are based in 'FLASH' technology and since iPads do not support FLASH, iPads are not officially supported for this course. Please be prepared to use a desktop or laptop computer. However, due to the popularity of iPads, we do upload a version that is fairly compatible. Should you decide to use an iPad for this course, you will do so at the risk of missing specific features within the lectures/lesson series.

The above-mentioned technical details are considered minimum requirements.

Fee: $1500 CAD. 

In order to confirm a place in this course, you must pay the full amount of registration

Refund Policy

Full refunds will be given up to Monday, October 21, 2019. 

50% of the course fee will be refunded for notices received after October 21st, 2019  and up to Monday, November 4, 2019.

No refund will be given after November 4th, 2019.


SARS Memorial Fund for Infection Control Practitioners

The SARS Memorial Fund for Infection Control Practitioners is a tuition/certification/professional development reimbursement program funded by the Molson Canada SARS concert (2003) and sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. The fund provides grants for Infection Control Practitioners from any discipline to support continuing education, certification/re-certification and professional development for individual Infection Control Practitioners so that they can improve their knowledge and lead Infection Control Practices within their health care settings. Learn More


The January 2020 course registration is now closed. The course is full. To receive updates including announcements for upcoming intakes please join our Queen's IPC mailing list below.


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