AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training - IPCO

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AHCA is ready to help you meet the new Infection Preventionist specialized training requirement finalized by CMS in the Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities.  This course provides specialized training for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists. Through this Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their center. 

AHCA is committed to ensuring that centers are fully prepared to meet the rigors of the new requirements. The course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country. AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) training content includes:

  • A thorough explanation of the impact of infections on the people who live, work and visit nursing centers.

  • Definitions of essential components of an effective infection prevention and control program.

  • Identification and management of common infections.

  • Strategies to prevent the spread of infections.

  • Identification and description of the steps necessary for infection surveillance, antibiotic stewardship, investigating, tracking and  reporting infections

  • Successful implementation strategies.

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.

Course completion must occur within 9 months of the date the registrant starts the program. Participants must complete all training modules and successfully pass quizzes and final test with a grade of 80 or above to receive a certificate of completion from AHCA, valid for 3 years.  23 ANCC contact hours are available for completion of this program.  This activity has been planned & implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements & policies of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) through the joint providership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE) (provider) and American Health Care Association.  UNMC CON CNE is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the ANCC.

The course is open to AHCA/NCAL members for $450 and non-members for $650.  Group purchase with discount structure is available for groups of 25 or more. There are no refunds and no transfers.   

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 ($200 members and $300 non-members) for option 1 and/or the cost of course registration for option 2.

*Please note, the renewal competency exam is only available to individuals who have previously successfully completed the full IPCO course and are seeking renewal. 

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Registrations for IPCO must be done by the individual who will be taking the course, under their individual login.  Registrations cannot be done by another person or under another person’s login.