Programs

Infection Control

Description

The Graduate Certificate in Infection Control enhances the knowledge base of post-baccalaureate nurses, medical technologists, microbiologists, or other health professionals employed as infection control practitioners. The director is certified in infection control (CIC) and brings over 20 years of infection control experience to administer this program. The design of the certificate encourages critical thinking skills that build competency for infection control professionals and provides managerial skills for effective infection control practice. The courses in the certificate program provide a comprehensive knowledge base to prepare students for the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) examination. (Note: specific infection control practical experience requirements must be met to sit for the CBIC exam).

Course location/delivery

This certificate is offered fully online.

Admission requirements

The applicant must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in nursing, medicine, microbiology or one in a related environmental or occupational health field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Appropriate work experience is required.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

Prerequisites

None are required.

Requirements

Twelve (12) semester hours in the following courses must be successfully completed. No substitution is allowed for the specific courses listed except as specified below. Applicants should note that the following four-course sequence will be incorporated in the existing Global Health Communicable Disease Track.

PHC 6562 - Microbiology for Healthcare Workers (3)
PHC 6517 - Infectious Disease Prevention Strategies (3)
PHC 6314 - Infection Control Program Design (3)
PHC 6251 - Disease Surveillance & Monitoring (3)

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.

Time Limit

It is possible to complete the certificate in one year if two courses are taken in the fall semester.

Contacts

Dr. Donna Haiduven
813-974-6472
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Michelle Hodge
813-974-6665 or 888-USF-COPH
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Graduate Certificates
813-974-4926
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