Core Unit 4: Infection Control

There are 2 sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Factors that Increase the Risk of Infection
  • Section 2: Preventing the Spread of Infections

There are learning activities, list of resources, and quiz at the end of each part of this unit. The learning activities will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in the course. 

A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. 

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is direct care professionals.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of Unit 4, Section 1, you will be able to:

  • Review terms related to infection control
  • Explain the importance of infection control
  • Identify the main phases of the cycle of infection
  • Explain how germs can spread from one host to another
  • Identify groups of people who are most vulnerable and susceptible to infection
  • List the signs of infection

Upon Completion of Unit 4, Section 2, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of OSHA and CDC in disease prevention and transmission
  • Explain Standard Precautions and its role in preventing the spread of infection
  • Explain the importance of hand hygiene
  • Identify the times when hand hygiene should be completed
  • Compare and contrast handwash and handrub
  • Demonstrate proper hand hygiene
  • Discuss the use of disposable gloves in preventing the spread of infection
  • Demonstrate putting on and taking off disposable gloves
  • Discuss actions that the DCP can take that will help prevent the spread of infections
  • Discuss the responsibilities of the employer and the DCP in meeting infection control guidelines
  • Discuss appropriate actions to take when moving from a “dirty” area to a “clean” area

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Competencies identified

Analytical/Assessment Skills, Communication Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Marcia Driscoll, RN

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

October 31, 2012