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IPAC Canada Sponsored Online Novice IPAC Course

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2018-19 course. Watch for an announcement of the 2019-2020 session.

The IPAC Canada Novice Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) course runs from September to June each year.

Preference for admission will be given to novice infection prevention and control professionals (ICPs) 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

  • This is a distance education course and is offered entirely online.
  • The course consists of six modules and a 12-hour practicum.
  • 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, on line quizzes, a final take-home exam, and may include assignments.
  • Graduates will receive a certificate of completion from IPAC Canada on successful completion of the six modules (with a minimum grade 65% in each module) and the practicum.

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

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

Topics and Schedule


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 Practicum (June):

This is a twelve-hour learning experience where the student is mentored with an experienced professional, such as IPAC, Occupational Health, Microbiology, etc. Some examples of opportunities in which the student can participate include:

1. Learning about the functioning of a diagnostic microbiology laboratory
2. Attendance at various committee meetings dealing with issues relevant to IPAC
3. Surveillance
4. Auditing
5. Staff education on IPAC issues
6. Outbreak management
7. Working with the environmental services department
8. Observation of the reprocessing department
9. Shadowing an ICP to observe daily activities and problem solving or attendance at a local chapter of IPAC Canada


Tuition is $1790.00 CDN paid in two installments of $895.00 due August 1 and February 1. Tuition can be paid through post-dated cheques (payable to IPAC Canada) or credit card. International students must pay by bank draft or money order. The cost of any textbooks required is not included in the tuition.

A T2202A will be issued to Canadian students who personally pay for their tuition fees (i.e. are NOT being reimbursed by their employer), for Canadian tax purposes.

Certificate of Completion

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


Please thoroughly review Frequently Asked Questions document (see link below). If, after reading this, you still have questions about the course contact Heather Candon or Jane Van Toen, IPAC Canada Course Coordinators at basicde@ipac-canada.org.


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