APIC releases updated infection control certification study guide

APIC releases updated infection control certification study guide
Content reflects latest changes to exam outline 

Washington, D.C., July 28, 2015—To continue to meet the demands of the rapidly changing field of infection prevention and equip professionals to obtain board certification, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has released the Certification Study Guide, 6th edition

APIC’s Certification Study Guide, 6th edition, was written by a team of experts to reflect current infection prevention practices, as assessed by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). The 6th edition, structured to follow the CBIC 2015 Examination Content Outline, includes chapter-by-chapter guidance, more than 650 practice questions, three practice tests, and other test-preparation resources. 

“The certification in infection prevention and control (CIC®) credential identifies healthcare professionals who have demonstrated mastery of knowledge needed to practice infection prevention and control,” says lead author Carol McLay, DrPH, BSN, RN, CIC. “In addition, a growing body of evidence suggests a link between certification and adherence to evidence-based practice, which may result in improved outcomes for patients.” 

Designed to be a practical resource, APIC’s updated guide provides study tips, as well as specific guidance for reviewing primary and secondary resources used by CBIC to write the CIC® exam. This is followed by a series of practice questions specific to each content area and an answer key. Additionally, every question includes a rationale for the correct answer and at least one reference to resource materials. Two new chapters cover “Environment of Care” and “Cleaning, Sterilization, Disinfection, Asepsis.” 

The CIC® credential is awarded by CBIC and is the centerpiece of the infection preventionist competency model developed by APIC to advance the profession. Visit the APIC Bookstore to learn more about the Certification Study Guide, 6th edition, view the table of contents, and preview the Environment of Care chapter. 


About APIC
APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou.  

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