NEW! Infectious Diseases and Pathogens

Understand common diseases and pathogens found in healthcare settings and the necessary precautions to put in place to prevent spread within your facility.

Infection preventionists (IPs) work closely with epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, and other healthcare professionals to identify and track diseases coming in and out of the facility. To facilitate effective communication and collaboration and ensure patient safety, it is critical that IPs have a core understanding of common diseases and pathogens.

Learn about the cause, diagnosis, spread, and prevention of common infectious diseases and pathogens in the healthcare setting and ensure that your facility is prepared to follow necessary precautions to prevent spread.

Proficiency Level:

Novice; Becoming Proficient


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In this course, we provide an overview of infectious diseases and pathogens in the healthcare setting, how they spread, and how to prevent further infections through proper isolation precautions.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply transmission-based isolation precautions
  • Identify some of the most common concerns and/or infectious diseases and their pathogens
  • Describe the cause, diagnosis, spread, and prevention of specific infectious diseases, as well as appropriate precaution techniques and post-exposure follow-up specific to the disease

This program is mapped to the APIC’s IP Competency Model. This model describes the knowledge, skills, and behaviors considered key to advancement and guides IPs toward areas of professional development throughout all career stages. Click here to view the full model.

Paying by check? Please download the 2020 registration form and mail it to the noted address. Please ensure that the registration form and any corresponding documents are included as we cannot process registrations without payment.

Bulk sales are available. Email for more information.


The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Course evaluations will be available in your online training menu at the end of the course.

All course-related evaluations must be completed within 30 days of course completion. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or download under My Transcripts 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.

Technical Requirements

APIC Education Online courses are accessed through a web browser. The web browser you use must accept cookies, run Adobe Flash, and run JavaScript.

We recommend the below browsers and plug-ins for the best online learning experience

  • Minimum Internet Bandwidth
    Standard Definition (SD) videos: 5 Mbps
  • High Definition (HD) videos: 8 Mbps

Computer Operating System

  • PC: Windows XP or newer
  • Mac: OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or newer

Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or above
  • Firefox support for most recent 2 public versions
  • Safari support for most recent 2 public versions
  • Google Chrome support for most recent 2 public versions

Browser Plug-ins
Flash Player version or higher. Go to Adobe Flash Player to install the latest version.

Note: APIC Education Online is a mobile-responsive website however, devices running iOS (like iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) are not able to display course content at this time, due to Flash restrictions on iOS.
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Cancellation Policy

APIC must receive all cancellations in writing within 30 days of purchase if you have not yet started the course. If you have started the course, you must submit your cancellation within 7 days of the start day to be eligible for a refund.

Please submit cancellation requests to or via fax to (202) 789-1899. Courses are non-transferrable and remain with the original registered individual regardless of position changes or employee departures.