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Infection Prevention & Control Online Course

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This Infection Prevention and Control course is a fully online program with interactive content for health professionals who are new to the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) 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. 

 

Online Learning

90 hours of immersive and interactive asynchronous online learning over 19 weeks

IPAC Canada endorsed

The course will cover all IPAC Canada / APIC professional practice standards

Redesigned and Updated

Redesigned to update IPAC content and to reflect current pedagogical strategies

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This Infection Prevention and Control course is a fully online program with interactive content for health professionals who are new to the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) or are about to enter into the practice of IPAC.

Kathir Puveendran

Since I work full time, I liked how I was able to follow the course material at my own time. This allowed me the ability to do some work in the early mornings which for me was a lot better for my schedule. I found the modules great since it provided a lot of examples that I have been exposed to working in the health field. The discussion boards were also very helpful and responsive which made the class a lot less stressful.

 

Kathir Puveendran, 2021 Queen's Infection Prevention and Control Learner & Program Coordinator, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Course Information

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. If you have not obtained one of these credentials we recommend having experience in the IPAC field. We will consider a combination of educational background and work experience.

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. Apply research, teaching, and life-long learning skills through engagement within a problem-based, online learning community

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: https://www.cbic.org/CBIC/Candidate-Handbook.htm

We survey outgoing learners each cohort and per the latest surveys they confirm an average of between 7-12 hours per week spent on the coursework. This is the combination of modules, discussions, assignments and quizzes each week. This varied depending on the learner's comfort level with that week's topics and their prior experience in the IPAC field.

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 instructors and fellow classmates.

Outline

This course has been endorsed by IPAC-Canada.

Please note that this course does not equate to being a certified infection control practitioner. For more information on Certification in Infection Control (CIC) please refer to the CBIC website: https://www.cbic.org/CBIC/Get-Certified.htm

You will receive a certificate of completion from taking this course as long as you complete all assignments and quizzes and finish the course with a 70% average or higher.


The course includes 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)
  • Employee and Occupational Health (2 weeks)
  • Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation (5 weeks)
  • Epidemiology of Health Care Acquired Infections (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, etc.
  2. Knowledge practice involves assigned case studies of infection control problems, short answer questions and online quizzes. There will be individual assignments as well.
  3. Knowledge sharing is a huge part of this course. Students' progress through the phases of knowledge gathering, practice and sharing will be continuously monitored. Your assignments will be graded and you will receive feedback on your performance throughout the course.

Course Dates

Fall 2021: Registration is now closed

Winter 2022: Sign up for our mailing list to learn more.

 

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Fees and Refund Policies

Fee - Fall 2021: $1500 CAD

In order to confirm a place in this course, you must pay the full fee at the time of registration.

Only online credit card payments are able to be accepted as our office is operating remotely. Payments will be taken through the online registration system.

Refund Policies are firm and strictly enforced. 

Learners must ensure that they process and confirm any intended withdrawals by July 29, 2021 since unawareness of the deadline or its consequences will not be accepted. No special financial consideration is given to Learners who must withdraw after the deadline. Learners should be aware that when they withdraw from a course at any time after the refund deadline, they have effectively occupied a place in the class for the entire term. Since space in classes is limited, an underlying principle of this policy is to ensure that as many opportunities as possible are left open for learners seeking to register.

Weekly Dedicated Time is Necessary

The IPC program will require 7-12 hours per week on average  doing coursework. This is the combination of modules, discussions, assignments and quizzes each week. Please confirm that you are committing to these hours. No special financial consideration is given to Learners who were unaware of the hours this course entails. One module opens per week and everyone goes through each week together as a cohort. There is no opportunity to work ahead.

Review of all IPC Course Information

Please ensure you read and understand the information about what the program entails on the IPC Overview webpage, prior to registering for the program. Failure to clarify any questions about how the course is laid out before registration will not be considered for refund after the July 29, 2021 deadline.

Any questions surrounding the program can be sent to queensic@queensu.ca 

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50% refund of the course fee will be refunded for notices of withdrawal received up to 3pm ET on July 29, 2021 via email to queensic@queensu.ca.

No refund will be given for withdrawal requests received after 3pm ET on July 29, 2021.

 

Registration is non-transferable.

 

Registration:

 

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Course Leadership

Course Director

Dick Zoutman, MD, FRCPC, CCPE, C. Dir,  Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology. Emeritus Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, and of Nursing, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Past C0-Chair Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC), Past Physician Director Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada). 

More information

Course Advisor

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

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

Dick Zoutman, MD, FRCPC, CCPE, C. Dir,  Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology. Emeritus Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, and of Nursing, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Past C0-Chair Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC), Past Physician Director Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada). 

Mailing List

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Questions?

Please contact Laura Offord at queensic@queensu.ca