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APIC’s premier face-to-face learning opportunity, the Academy, is the largest gathering of infection preventionists outside of APIC’s Annual Conference. While offering a variety of courses for all levels on the APIC competency model, both acute and ambulatory care practice settings, you will have the opportunity to network and learn with hundreds of other infection preventionists from around the country and visit with select industry leaders in our exhibit hall.

October 2-8, 2017
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX



Course Dates:

    • Education for the Prevention of Infection (EPI®)*
      • 101 - Mon-Wed, October 2-4, 2017
      • 102 - Thur-Sat, October 5-7, 2017
      • 101 & 102 Bundle - Mon-Sat, October 2-7, 2017
    • Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC)*
      • 101 - Mon-Wed,October 2-4, 2017
      • 102 - Thur-Sat, October 5-7, 2017
      • 101 & 102 Bundle - Mon-Sat, October 2-7, 2017
    • Advanced Education for the Infection Preventionist
      • Thur-Sat, October 5-7, 2017
    • Certification Preparatory Course
      • Sun, October 8, 2017

Discounts available when you register for both EPI® or ASC courses. Visit the registration page for pricing details.

Course Descriptions:

Click the course below for course description, agenda and CE credits.

ASC 101 & 102

ASC 101: Meeting CMS Conditions for Coverage

Competency Level: Novice
Attendees can earn a maximum of 20 CE credit hours*

If you are new to infection prevention in an ambulatory care center or ambulatory surgical center, this three-day course is designed for you. You’ll learn how to develop an effective infection prevention program to protect patients and comply with accrediting and regulatory requirements through evidenced-based best practices that reduce risk.

Key course content includes: Regulations and other requirements affecting, infection prevention and control programs, CMS survey tool, Introduction to infection prevention and control, Epidemiology of infectious diseases (chain of infection), Using case studies, Employee health, Surveillance, Cleaning, sterilization, and disinfection, How to implement change in your organization

General Course Agenda

Course Faculty

Libby F. Chinnes, RN, BSN, CIC
Infection Prevention and Control Consultant
IC Solutions, LLC
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Kim Delahanty, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA/HCM, CIC, FAPIC
Administrative Director, Infection Prevention/Clinical Epidemiology and TB Control
UC San Diego Health System
San Diego, CA

Frank Myers, MA, CIC
Infection Preventionist
University of San Diego Health System
San Diego, CA


ASC 102: Sustaining and Improving the Infection Surveillance, Prevention, and Control Program

Competency Level: Novice - ASC 101 prerequisite recommended but not required
Attendees can earn a maximum of 20 CE credit hours*

This course builds on the concepts and principles introduced in ASC 101; introduces new topics, such as product review and observational surveillance; and helps learners develop critical thinking skills they can apply to improve their infection surveillance, prevention, and control program.

Key course content includes: Outbreaks in ASCs: recognition, control, and prevention, Healthcare statistics and presenting data, Managing the perioperative environment, Integrating the facility risk assessment, goals, measurable objectives, performance objectives, and program evaluation into the program, Writing policies, procedures, and minutes, Construction, renovation, and remediation, Emerging pathogens, Preparing for a survey

General Course Agenda

Course Faculty

Kathleen Meehan Arias, MS, MT(ASCP), SM(AAM), CIC, FPIC
Arias Infection Control Consulting, LLC
Crownsville, MD

Steve Odachowski, RN, CIC
Infection Preventionist
MultiCare Health System
Tacoma, WA

Marcia R Patrick, MSN, RN, CIC
Consultant and Educator, Infection Prevention and Control
Tacoma, WA/West Palm Beach, FL

*One contact hour is defined as one hour of time spent in an educational experience.

EPI® 101 & 102

EPI® 101: The Fundamentals of Infection Surveillance, Prevention and Control

Competency Level: Novice
Attendees can earn a maximum of 20 CE credit hours*

If you have less than one year of experience or need an infection prevention basics refresher, this threeday course is designed for you. You’ll be introduced to the various roles and responsibilities of the infection preventionist and gain essential clinical and program management knowledge needed to develop an effective infection prevention program.

Key course content includes: Basic epidemiology of infectious diseases,Precautions and exposures to healthcare-associated infections, Introduction to microbiology, Designing a surveillance plan, Using and reporting data, Regulations and reporting, Applying NHSN surveillance definitions, Conducting a facility risk assessment.

General Course Agenda

Course Faculty

Karen Anderson, CLS, MT (ASCP), MPH, CIC
Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant (CPIC) – Infection Control
Quality & Clinical Effectiveness Team, Office of Patient Experience
Sutter Health
Northern, CA

Carolyn Fiutem, MSOL, MT(ASCP), CIC, FAPIC
Infection Prevention Officer
TriHealth
Cincinnati, OH

Pat Metcalf Jackson, RN, MA, CIC, FAPIC RN, MA, CIC, FAPIC
Director, Infection Prevention and Control
Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Dallas, TX


EPI® 102: The Fundamentals of Infection Surveillance, Prevention and Control

Competency Level: Novice - EPI®101 prerequisite recommended, but not required
Attendees can earn a maximum of 18 CE credit hours*

If you have at least one year of infection prevention experience, have already taken EPI® 101 and are ready to move to the next level, this three-day course is for you. Content builds on the concepts and principles introduced in EPI® 101, with an emphasis on evidencebased interventions to prevent or reduce risk.

Key course content includes:The infection preventionist as program manager, Building coalitions and stakeholders, Performance improvement, Infection prevention in surgical settings,Outbreaks: investigation, prevention and control, Preventing device-associated infections, Disinfection and sterilization of instruments, The IP’s role in construction and renovation, Emergency preparedness

General Course Agenda

Course Faculty

Lela Luper, RN CIC, FAPIC
Infection Preventionist
Chickasaw Nation Department of Health
Ada, OK

Amy Hunter, RN, MHS, CIC
Director, Patient Safety and Quality
BJC HealthCare
Saint Louis, MO

Sharon Williamson, MT(ASCP)SM, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Prevention Program Director
Texas Health Resources
Dallas, TX

*One contact hour is defined as one hour of time spent in an educational experience.

Advanced Education for the Infection Preventionist

Competency Level: Advanced
Attendees can earn a maximum of 14.5 CE credit hours*

This proficient and expert-level three-day course is designed to improve your competencies in key areas essential to lead an effective infection prevention program within today’s complex healthcare environment.

Day 1: Budget, Finance, and the Infection Prevention Program

Like it or not, healthcare has become a business. Resources are scarce and stretched to the breaking point. Doing more with less is routine. Infection control practitioners need to understand how to navigate their way through a variety of challenges in order to make the case for investments in reducing infections. This program will focus on the following areas and will give participants a sound grounding in the business concepts essential to making their case.
 
 

Day 2: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Learn tactics and strategies to successfully manage conflicts and negotiate budgeting, staffing, and process implementation. This interactive program focuses on understanding why conflicts are caused, building productive relationships, and developing meaningful conversations.

General Course Agenda

Day 3: Construction and Renovation

Gain insight into all phases of construction and renovation projects to offer knowledgeable input and guidance into those projects and develop a comprehensive infection control program.
 

General Course Agenda

Course Faculty

Mary Alice Lavin, RN, MJ, CIC
Consultant
Lavin Consulting, LLC
Glenview, Il

Stacey Lee, JD
Assistant Professor
The John Hopkins Carey Business School
Baltimore, MD

Lewis Johnson, MS, CIH
System Industrial Hygienist
Epidemiology/Infection Prevention
Lee Memorial Health System
Fort Myers, FL

Rich Vogel, MS, CIC
Infection Control Specialist, Infection Prevention and Control
New York Presbyterian
New York, NY

Bill Ward, MBA
Associate Professor of Health Finance and Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD


*One contact hour is defined as one hour of time spent in an educational experience.

Certification Preparatory Course

Competency Level: Advanced
Attendees can earn a maximum of 7.5 CE credit hours*

Are you preparing to take the CIC® exam for the first time? Gearing up for your recertification exam? This highly interactive course helps anyone who is either taking the CIC® exam for the first time or taking the recertification exam by:

  • Focusing on the eight CBIC competency areas and what each competency is really testing
  • Providing practice questions throughout the day that are similar to what you’ll see on the exam
  • Creating a classroom environment where all attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the instructors and each other to help them prepare

Please note that this class won’t teach the basics of infection prevention and control. It will help attendees develop familiarity with the exam’s content and structure and will help develop confidence in taking the exam.

  • Describe the fundamental concepts of the 8 areas of infection prevention and control practice as defined in the CBIC content outline
  • Discuss how examination questions are constructed.
  • Examine the steps in the certification process
  • Identify strategies to assist with test taking and development of study plans.

General Course Agenda

Course Faculty

Linda McKinley, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC
Madison VA Hospital
Madison, Wisconsin

Carol McLay, DrPH, MPH, RN, CIC
CEO, Infection Control International
Lexington, Kentucky

Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Director, Infection Prevention and Control
Greenville Health System
Greenville, SC


*One contact hour is defined as one hour of time spent in an educational experience.

General Registration Information:

Registration fee includes APIC Academy course manual, handout material(s), continuing education credit, breakfast, lunch, and daily morning and afternoon beverage breaks.  It does not include travel expenses (airfare or hotel accommodations).

IMPORTANT NOTE:

    • Registrations are not confirmed until payment is received and processed by APIC on or before the registration deadline.
    • Once payment is received, an email confirmation will be sent within 24 hours to the email address on file. Please ensure email is received prior to making travel arrangements. If you do not receive an email confirmation please contact education@apic.org.
    • For attendees arriving on site and payment has not been received a credit card must be provided for payment. Admittance will not be granted until payment is made.

  Early Registration Deadline:
July 31, 2017
Registration Deadline:
September 15, 2017

Course Early Member   Early Non-Member* Regular Member
Regular Non-Member*
Advanced Education for the Infection Preventionist $700 $850 $850 $1,000
ASC 101 $700 $850 $850 $1,000
ASC 102 $700 $850 $850 $1,000
ASC 101 & 102 Bundle** $1,150 $1,300 $1,450 $1,600
EPI® 101 $700 $850 $850 $1,000
EPI® 102 $700 $850 $850 $1,000
EPI® 101 & 102 Bundle** $1,150 $1,300 $1,450 $1,600

New in 2017
(Please note: Course fee is based on the above registration category at the time of registration (member/non-member).
Certification Preparatory Course Member $295  Non-member $325


*If you register at the non-member rate, you'll receive a complimentary 1-year APIC membership.

  • Please note: complimentary membership is not available for lapsed members.

**Members save $250 if you register for both EPI® or ASC 101 and 102 courses. To receive bundle pricing, select the bundle during registration checkout.

**Non-members save $400 if you register for both EPI® or ASC 101 and 102 courses which includes a complimentary 1-year APIC membership. To receive bundle pricing, select the bundle during registration checkout.

Download the fillable PDF registration form.

If paying by check, please mail payment along with registration form on or before registration deadline to:

APIC
ATT: Academy
P.O. Box 79502
Baltimore, MD 21279


Cancellation Policy

A $75 cancellation fee will be charged to all cancelled registrations. Cancellations must be in writing and received via fax or email no later than 5 business days prior to the start of the course.  No refunds or credits/transfers will be granted after this deadline. Participants who are “no shows” will not be granted a refund or credit/transfer of registration fees. Please submit cancellation requests to education@apic.org or via fax to (202) 789-1899. Substitutes are allowed. Please see substitution policy for further details.

Substitutions

All substitution requests must be received by APIC Headquarters via fax or e-mail 10 days prior to the start of the course. Registration fees may be transferred to the same course within the same calendar year based on space availability.

Group Registrations

APIC offers special group registration options for organizations registering four or more individuals from the same institution for a course.

  • 4-9 registrants: 5% discount per person
  • 10+ registrants: 10% discount per person

To register a group:

  • Contact education@apic.org for group registration form.
  • Complete a registration form for each individual and submit with group form for pricing to education@apic.org.
  • Group invoice will be generated for processing of payment (credit card or check) for registration.
  • Each registrant will receive an email confirmation once payment is processed and registrations are complete.

Please Note: Group registrations are not confirmed until payment is received and must be processed by APIC on or before the registration deadline.

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
Discounted hotel rooms are available until Spetember 8, 2017 or until the room block is full.

Address: 101 Bowie St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (800) 648-4462
Room Rate: $199.00 Single/Double (Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 8)
(includes complimentary guestroom internet)
Rate does not include taxes (sales tax 8.25%, hotel occupancy tax rate 16.75%)

When making phone reservations, ask for the APIC Fall Academy group rate.

Click here to book your reservation

Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations
Note that the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is the only official hotel associated with our event. While other hotel resellers may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the conference. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.  Our official housing call-in number and website are through the San Antonio Marriott. The hotel will not solicit you to make a reservation.

If in doubt, please do not provide any personal details and contact APIC.

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION

The closest airport to the meeting location is the San Antonio International Airport (airport code: SAT). There are over 100 flights daily to San Antonio and the airport is about 8 miles from downtown San Antonio or a 15-minute cab ride. The airport is serviced by Airtran, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American, Delta, Frontier, Interjet, Southwest, and United.


GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Super Shuttle is San Antonio International Airport's authorized and single shared- ride shuttle service. Shuttles depart from 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily to downtown hotels every 15 minutes. Passengers may purchase tickets at the airport's baggage claim area.  Tickets are $19 per person to downtown or $34 for round trip.  Book online or call (210) 281-9900.

A one-way taxi fare is $25- $29.

Accreditation, CEUs and Evaluation

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). One contact hour is defined as one hour of time spent in an educational experience.

Course evaluations will be available via an online link provided in course materials. All evaluations must be completed within 30 days. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or for your records indicating CEUs.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.

Click here to access course evaluations.

  • Username: APIC Member ID # (hint: your badge ID #)
  • Password: apic (all lowercase)