Education & Certification
The Advanced Designation Program recognizes exemplary APIC members with status as a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC). Fellow of APIC status is a distinction of honor for infection preventionists who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practice, but also leaders within the field. To be considered for APIC fellow status, an applicant must:
- Be an APIC member in good standing (full/active and associate members accepted)
- Hold the CIC® certification
- Have a Bachelor's degree or higher
- Have at least seven years of infection prevention work experience
Congratulations to our 2016 APIC Fellows!
Important Application Information
Every applicant must also provide information about four activities to support his/her application:
- The first activity (Activity 1) must be publication in a peer-reviewed journal, book, or text (e.g., AJIC, APIC Text)
- The remaining activities (Activities 2-4) must include three of the four types described below. Please note that an activity can only be used once:
- Poster presentation at national level
- Oral presentation at the state, regional, or national level
- Contribution to an APIC practice resource
- APIC book or Implementation Guide, as:
- Named reviewer in opening Acknowledgements
- Named Editors
- Contribute/develop classes taught by APIC (e.g. EPI 101)
The 2016 application period for the Fellows program is February 1 - March 31, 2017.
All applications will then be reviewed, and applicants will be notified of their status prior to the APIC Annual Conference in June.
To ensure your application meets the program's standards, we strongly encourage you to take time before the application period to update your CV or resume as needed, and download a copy of the paper application to familiarize yourself with the format and prepare your responses.
What are the benefits of this designation?
FAPIC is a distinction of honor for infection preventionists who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practice, but also leaders within the field.
How will awardees be recognized for their achievement
Those receiving advanced designation status will be considered “Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology” and will have the FAPIC credential. Individuals being awarded the FAPIC credential will receive the following recognition:
- Certificate of FAPIC achievement
- Letter to applicant’s supervisor (if applicable)
- Recognition at APIC Annual Conference
- Recognition on APIC website
- Recognition in fall Prevention Strategist
- Do all my activities need to have been done with APIC?
No. The major requirement is that all activities must be related to infection prevention and/or healthcare epidemiology.
- What if I apply and don't receive FAPIC status? Do I have to reapply?
If your application for APIC Fellow status isn't approved, then you must reapply. (Please note that each application costs $125, and you will not be refunded if your application is not approved.)
- Once I receive FAPIC status, will I need to maintain my membership and CIC credential?
Yes. Continued FAPIC status is contingent on continuing your APIC membership and also maintaining CIC status. APIC will check the membership and CIC statuses of all APIC Fellows on an annual basis and will notify those who are in danger of losing their status.
- Is there a renewal process?
At this time, there is no renewal process or extra fee.
- If I applied in a previous year but was denied FAPIC status, will this affect my chances in future years?
No. Your application will be evaluated based on the application materials submitted for the current year and nothing else.
- Is there a quota for the number of new Fellows admitted?
No. Candidates are evaluated based on the criteria for admission and not in comparison to the pool of applicants for that year.
- Are APIC Associate members eligible?
- When can I expect to receive notification about the status of my application?
All applicants will be notified of their FAPIC status prior to the APIC Annual Conference.
- How will I know if you received my application?
Confirmation emails will be sent to the email from which the application was received unless otherwise noted. Payment processing may take up to two weeks for checks received.
Melissa Bronstein, MPA, BSN, RN, CIC
Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC
Joan Hebden, MS, RN, CIC
Carol McLay DrPH, BSN, RN, CIC- APIC Nurse Planner
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