IPCO VERSION 2 Released, 5/5/2020

AHCA has released a new and expanded version of its popular Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO Version 2) that was first launched in 2017.  The program is available to members and non-members.  All state affiliates receive 40 percent of AHCA’s net revenue on sales of IPCO Version 2 in their respective states.

About IPCO Version 2

Here’s what’s new and changed in IPCO Version 2:

  • Updated regulatory requirements
  • Increased from 23 to 25 ANCC contact hours for nurses
  • Approved for 22 NAB CEUs for administrators
  • Length of time allowed to complete the training increased from 9 months to 12 months
  • Added course content:
    • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP)
    • Candida Auris
    • Water management programs
    • COVID-19
  • Bonus Content – All persons who register for the course receive access to additional non-CE approved content. Topics include Interim COVID-19 Guidance, and courses on PPE and N-95 mask use.

The registration fee is $450 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members.  There are no refunds and no transfers.  Payment and registration are made online at ahcancalED.  Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more.  Refer group purchasers to educate@ahca.org.

American Health Care Association (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.  The 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 nursing facility.

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.

In addition, the training addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a nursing facilities Infection Prevention & Control program

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.

For more information on the Infection Preventionist specialized training, including renewal details, click here.