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IPAC Canada Essentials in Infection Prevention and Control

Sponsored by IPAC Canada. Online Course.

Applications have now closed for the 2022 Accelerated and Regular Course Programs. Applications for 2023 will open in December 2022.

Admission to the Accelerated Program requires students to be actively working in an Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) role - or transitioning into an IPAC role. Because this is an accelerated version of the course, a signed letter of support from the student's employer is required.

Preference for admission into the Regular program will be given to novice IPAC practitioners with less than 2 years' experience. Applications will also be considered from others working in healthcare and/or exploring opportunities in infection prevention and control.

Course Structure (Accelerated Program)

  • This is a distance education course and is offered entirely online.
  • The course consists of six modules and a final paper.
  • Evaluation is based on online discussion participation, online quizzes, a final take-home exam, and may include individual and/or group assignments.
  • Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from IPAC Canada on successful completion of the six modules (with a minimum grade of 65% in each module) and the final paper.

Course Structure (Regular Program)

  • This is a distance education course and is offered entirely online.
  • The course consists of six modules and a final paper.
  • Modules vary in length from 3 to 5 weeks.
  • There is a one-week break between modules and a longer break scheduled over the December holiday period.
  • Evaluation is based on online discussion participation, online quizzes, a take-home exam at the end of each module, and may include individual and/or group assignments.
  • Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from IPAC Canada on successful completion of the six modules (with a minimum grade of 65% in each module) and submission of an acceptable final paper.

Students must be able to dedicate 12-15 hours per week to read course material, participate in discussions and complete assignments and exams. However, this is an estimation and may vary depending on student's background.

Computer Requirements (all programs)

  • Reliable internet access (preferred web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox)
  • Email address
  • Word processing program
  • Adobe
  • Powerpoint

Topics and Schedule (Regular Program; Accelerated Program is condensed into 5 months)

Fall:

  • Module 1 (6 weeks): History of IPAC; IPAC Roles and Responsibilities; Teamwork in IPAC; Ethics in IPAC; Teaching and Persuasion; Technical Aspects of Presentations; Policy and Procedure Development; Chain of Infection; Hierarchy of Controls; Hand Hygiene, Routine Practices and Additional Precautions; Personal Protective Equipment
  • Module 2 (6 weeks): Pathophysiology of Infection; Basic Bacteriology; Basic Virology; Interpretation of Microbiology Lab Results; Antibiotic Therapy; Antibiotic Resistant Organisms

Winter:

  • Module 3 (4 weeks): Common Infections: Respiratory, Surgical Site, Bloodstream, GI, Urinary Tract, Skin and Soft Tissue
  • Module 4 (5 weeks): Concepts of Epidemiology; Purpose and Types of Surveillance; Data Collection and Management; Data Analysis and Interpretation; Communication Surveillance Results

Spring:

  • Module 5 (3 weeks):
    Identification of Outbreaks; Managing Outbreaks; Occupational Health
  • Module 6 (5 weeks): Sterilization and Disinfection; Environmental Cleaning; Reuse Issues; Waste Management; Product Selection; Design, Construction and Renovations; Mechanical Systems; Audits and Review Processes

Final Paper:
The purpose of the final paper is to allow the student to focus on how they can apply the theory presented in the course into their practice. Full details will be provided by the course coordinators to students in either program.

Tuition

Tuition for the both program is $1790.00 CDN. The cost of any textbooks required is not included in the tuition.

A T2202 tax form will be issued to Canadian students, for income tax purposes. It is a requirement of the Canada Revenue Agency that we file a T2202 form for qualifying students, even if your tuition is paid by a third party or by your employer. IPAC Canada will contact accepted students for their social insurance number.

Certificate of Completion

On successful completion of the course, and by request, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from IPAC Canada.

Inquiries and Online Registration

Applications will be accepted (online only) until the deadline dates noted above.
Applicants must only apply for ONE course offering at a time (Accelerated, OR Regular)

If you have any questions after reading the FAQs, please contact the course coordinators, at basicde@ipac-canada.org.

 

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