Infection Prevention and Control

IPAC - BRC-101

Bay River College’s 16-week Infection Prevention and Control Program is an online-based interactive program, endorsed by IPAC Canada. This program is designed for front-line health care workers, and or health professionals who are looking to enter the field of Infection Prevention and Control. The ultimate learning goals for this course are to increase student’s theoretical knowledge and to establish practical skills to prevent infections and diseases and solve real healthcare problems.

Online Learning

Endorsed by IPAC Canada

Based on CBIC Exam

Admission Open 2021

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Program Summary

Bay River College’s Infection Prevention and Control Program is a self-study course endorsed by IPAC Canada that will allow the learners to progress and complete the course in the allotted time at their own pace. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the practice of Infection Prevention and Control and to increase participants’ knowledge and skills for managing the prevention and control of infections and disease. It will be delivered exclusively online by qualified instructors to achieve intended learning outcomes. Throughout the course, learning will be provided through evidence based knowledge supported by theoretical and conceptual principles. The program will offer students learning under the supervision of industry-leading professionals to develop a comprehensive understanding of IPAC core competencies. 

The program will facilitate students to learn about the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of infection prevention and control program. A blended integrated approach will be employed online to teach the course content. Various modes of instruction will be applied to enhance the engagement of learners. 

The rapidly emerging fatal illness during the past one and a half decades and the recent episode of COVID outbreak endorsed the need for effective and consistent prevention and control of infections within the healthcare environment. The comprehensive knowledge and appropriate skills to prevent and manage infections among healthcare professionals will serve to deliver high-quality care. Furthermore, failure to appropriately control and prevent infections will increase the spread of disease, cause the burden on healthcare, and ultimately increase healthcare costs and decrease the quality of care.

Bay River College is passionate about enhancing its students’ personal as well as professional careers, equipping them with the abilities and knowledge obliged in the current and challenging workplace

This course has been endorsed by IPAC-Canada.

The Infection Prevention and Control Course is a facilitated, asynchronous, and self-determined program that gives the schedule flexibility for students to progress and complete the training in the allotted time at their own pace. By providing and utilizing industry-related theories, students will learn and be equipped with the principles of planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating infection and prevention control in all Canadian health care settings.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Facility Design and Development
  • IPAC and Principals of Communication and Leadership
  • Surveillance / Surveillance Program
  • Laboratory Approaches
  • Outbreak Knowledge and Response
  • Nosocomial and Community Associated Infections/ Routine and Additional Practices
  • Occupational Health and Safety/ Environmental Sanitation
  • IPAC and Principals of Management and Professionalism
  • Researching the Literature
  • Adult Education
  • IPAC: Infection Prevention and Control
  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • The Basic Concepts of Epidemiology
  • Clinical Microbiology


Healthcare professions from a range of disciplines will be eligible to apply for the program. The applicant must have a four-year health-related baccalaureate degree from an accredited Canadian university. International students are required to submit the Canadian evaluation or equivalency reports of their transcripts/degree(s);

Standard Admission::

  • Successful entrance interview with Bay River College Administration. ​
  • BSc degree in Healthcare.​

English Language
For applicants whose English is a second language (ESL), you must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways Proficiency (ELP)

  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and not an average of 7;​
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT): 71;​
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General: 7, with no section score below 6;​
  • By completing an approved Canadian high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12), with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study in English;​
  • By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.​

Note: Any ELP test results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of the program. Results that expire prior to the Start Date of the program will not be accepted.

The course is available for students to register:

  • September 20, 2021
  • November  2021
  • January  2022

Interested applicants can request detail about the program (course, program structure, curriculum, and important dates) by emailing at [email protected] or book an appointment with our admission advisors by calling at 403-457-6400.

Fee – Fall 2021 – $2,040 CAD (including all services charges)

In order to confirm, a place in this course, you must pay the full fee at the time of application and registration.

Students will receive a post-graduate certificate in Infection and Prevention Control, endorsed by IPAC from Bay River College upon completion of all course modules and achieving an aggregate of not less than 70% in all of the assessments of the program

Upon completion of the Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC) course, students will be able to;

  • Understand the role and principles of infection prevention control and the IPAC committee and apply them appropriately.
  • Develop and evaluate an adult education program to educate and train staff on the implementation of infection control practices, policies, and systems.
  • Provide quality infection prevention and control service in an effective, efficient, and safe manner following established standards.
  • • Conceive the principles preventing the spread of infection, routine practices to control as well as additional precautions to restrain the spread of infection and develop the IPAC program accordingly.
  • Address the different ways of investigating, managing, and coordinating an outbreak of the infection.
  • Implement and evaluate the concepts of quality improvement, occupational health and safety related to healthcare workers and environmental sanitation at their facility.
  • Engage in surveillance, consult all stakeholders and address the risk in construction, renovation, maintenance, design (CRMD) projects according to the current standards of CRMD.
  • Understand research designs and critically appraise the validity and reliability of the information to provide relevant evidence-based practice.
  • Devise and demonstrate the core competencies of communication, leadership, management, and professionalism in their professional role.

Upon graduation, students are highly trained and ready to work within the health professional industry. Here are a few career options you may want to consider:

  • Infection Control Practitioner
  • Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator
  • Quality Specialist, Infection Prevention
  • Epidemiologist, Infection Control
  • Program Manager, Infection Prevention and Control

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Latest updates

March 15, 2020 update – Bay River College Calgary Campus.