Infection Preventionist Specialized Training – IPCO (Version 2)

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CE Hours for Individuals — $450/member and $650/non-members

Certificate

Three certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of the program:

  1. UNMC CON CNE will provide a certificate awarding contact hours.
  2. AHCA will provide a Specialized Training Completion certificate, valid for 3 years.  
  3. 22 hours of continuing education credit for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/ Assisted Living Administration.
Renewal 
Renewal Completion certificate of specialized training is valid for 3 years. Renewal may occur via the options below:
  • Option 1: Registering for a competency exam requiring a grade of 80% or above to successfully receive certificate of renewal. 
  • Option 2: Registering for the IPCO course and completing the course requirements as outlined above. 
Renewal cost will be the cost of the competency exam registration for option 1 or the cost of course registration for option 2. Option 1 cost is $200 for AHCA/NCAL members and $450 for non-members. Please note, the renewal competency exam is only available to individuals who have previously successfully completed the full IPCO course and are seeking renewal.  

AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

 It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

Now more than ever, an Infection Prevention Control Officer (IPCO) is critical to have in your building/organization. The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living is happy to announce the launch of version 2 of the Infection Prevention Control Officer (IPCO) training.  This updated version incorporates information from the COVID-19 pandemic,  the most recent regulatory requirements as well as sections on Candida auris, Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs), and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP).  Additionally, there is an entire section on how to get an effective water management program running in your center. 

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

  1. Effectively manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program within their health care setting
  2. Convey to staff effective strategies to prevent infections
  3. Implement practices and procedures to mitigate infections
  4. Enforce practices and policies related to infection prevention
  5. Provide on-going education to others including staff, residents and families
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