Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2


The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and
Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) present
Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO)
(Version 2)

Now more than ever, an Infection Prevention Control Officer is critical to have in your building/organization.
AHCA’s 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.
The training is an on-line, self-study program on ahcancalED. The training includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country.
Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:
  • Effectively manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program within their health care setting
  • Convey to staff effective strategies to prevent infections
  • Implement practices and procedures to mitigate infections
  • Enforce practices and policies related to infection prevention
  • Provide on-going education to others including staff, residents and families
The course is available on-demand and designed for participants to take at their own pace. It also was designed in small time segments, most averaging 20-35 minutes, to help busy staff members easily move through the course. Participants have 12 months to complete the course from the date the course is opened.
Participants must complete all training modules and successfully pass quizzes and a final test with a grade of 80 or above to receive a certificate of completion from AHCA, valid for 3 years.
Module 1 Implementing an Effective Infection Prevention and Control Program
Module 2 Implementing an Effective Infection Prevention and Control Program
Module 3 Infection Prevention & Management
Module 4 Infection Surveillance
Module 5 Infection Prevention & Control Programs: Antibiotic Stewardship and Water Management
Module 6 Tracking, Reporting, Managing and Investigating Infections
Module 7 The Big Picture
Module 8 Partnering to Heal
Module 9 Sustaining Infection Prevention and Control Program
Expert faculty from around the country has been assembled to develop the nine modules of the Infection Preventionist Specialized Training. They were chosen based on their expertise in public health, infection prevention, adult education, and years of experience and practice in long term and post-acute care.

Linda Behan BSN, RN, CWCN, CIC
Corporate Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Genesis HealthCare

David Gifford MD, MPH
Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at the American Health Care Association, Board Certified Geriatrician, Adjunct Faculty, Brown University

Stefan Gravenstein MD, MPH
Board Certified Geriatrician, Professor of Medicine, Case Western University School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor at Brown University; specializing in infectious diseases

Holly Harmon RN, MBA, LNHA, FACHCA
Vice President, Quality, Regulatory & Clinical Affairs at the American Health Care Association

Marguerite McLaughlin MA
Former Sr. Director of Quality Improvement, American Health Care Association, current Sr. Director Healthcentric Advisors (QIO)

Stacey Merritt Hord LNHA, MCD, CCC-SLP, QCP
Owner and CEO of Comprehensive Healthcare Consulting, LLC, past chair of AHCA Quality Improvement Committee

Gail Polanski RN, BSN
Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Tara Cares; Chair of the AHCA 2020/2021 Clinical Practice Committee

Janet Robinson MEd, RN, CIC
Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist, Educator, Consultant and Mentor; Healthcentric Advisors (QIO) Infection Prevention Specialist

Elie Saade MD, MPH
Board Certified Geriatrician Assistant Professor Medicine, Case Western University School of Medicine specializing in infectious diseases

Janet Snipes NHA
Executive Director, Holly Heights Center in Denver, where she has worked for 40 years.  Board of Directors, Colorado Health Care Association; past chair of the AHCA Quality Improvement; chair of the AHCA Survey Regulatory Committee and serves on the AHCA Board of Governors

Pam Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP, RAC-CT
Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services at the American Health Care Association

25 ANCC contact hours for nurses and 22 hours of continuing education credit are NAB approved for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/Assisted Living Administration are available for completion of this program.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and 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.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Two 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.
AHCA/NCAL Members: $450
Non-Members: $650

To learn more and/or register for IPCO V2, click here.