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Infection Preventionist Training for Acute Care Hospitals (ACH) Online Course

We are updating the IP online course.
Check back for updated registration links on August 1, 2024. You may also sign up for our mailing list to receive an email notification when the coursework is available. If you are looking for more immediate infection prevention training, consider the CDC/STRIVE Infection Control Trai​ning online course​​.

Course Description:

This 20-hour self-paced course is designed for healthcare professionals to work around their schedule and does not have to be completed in one session. There is no cost to attend the course; preregistration is required. Twenty continuing education credits will be granted to those who complete the entire course and pass the post test for each module (no partial credit will be issued). 

This online course provides practical guidance for implementing an infection prevention program in an acute care hospital (ACH) using evidence-based guidelines for preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI) including central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), surgical site infections (SSI), COVID-19, and pneumonia. Students will learn how to measure staff adherence to infection prevention care practices, educate and provide feedback to staff. Students will also learn how to use their facility HAI data to focus infection prevention strategies, conduct an outbreak investigation, and how to implement the essential activities to prevent employee infections. 

Suggested Audience:

Persons responsible for infection prevention and control in an ACH. This would include individuals who have completed post-secondary education in biology, epidemiology, laboratory technology, medicine, nursing, public health, or a related field. ​

Primary Objectives:

At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 
  • Discuss the most important care practices for preventing CLABSI, CDI, HAI, SSI, pneumonia, CAUTI, and COVID-19 
  • List evidence-based sources for infection prevention recommendations 
  • Discuss principles of infection surveillance and other core disciplines such as microbiology, cleaning/sterilization/disinfection, care of the environment, antibiotic stewardship, outbreak management, and employee health 
  • Demonstrate how to create an individualized facility risk assessment and infection control plan 
  • Describe how to analyze and use HAI data to focus infection prevention activities 
  • Describe national, state, and local regulatory bodies that oversee infection prevention and HAI public reporting 
California Department of Public Health/HAI Program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 17280, for 20 contact hours.

Course Slides:

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