In North Carolina, every healthcare organization that performs invasive procedures (including injections) is required to designate a credentialed staff person to receive infection control training and implement an infection control program. The approved infection control curriculum developed by SPICE prepares designated healthcare providers to implement the North Carolina rule, 10A NCAC 41A .0206 INFECTION PREVENTION – HEALTH CARE SETTINGS. Learners will be able to ensure and systematically assess that their facility has the appropriate infection prevention policies and procedures in place to allow healthcare personnel to provide safe patient care consistent with the NC communicable disease rule .0206.
- Epidemiologic principles of infectious disease;
- Principles and practice of asepsis;
- Sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation;
- Universal blood and body fluid precautions;
- Safe injection practices;
- Engineering controls to reduce the risk of sharp injuries;
- Disposal of sharps; and
- Techniques that reduce the risk of sharp injuries to health care workers.
The NC Infection Control Curriculum is offered on-line for outpatient, dental, and home health/hospice settings by the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology. Each course costs $150 by credit card. If an invoice is needed for payment by check, please complete this form. Click below to register, pay, and get started!
How does the on-line infection control course work?
When you register for an on‐line course, you will receive an email with user name, password, and link to log in. If registration occurs at night, or on a weekend or holiday,
the email with user name and password will be delayed until next business day. The on‐line course is self‐paced. You can log in as many times as needed. Each on‐line course (outpatient, dental, or home health / hospice) contains 6 to 8 modules. After each module there is a lesson quiz to complete before proceeding to the next module. Each module will take approximately 45 min to 1 hour to complete. Upon completion of the last module, you will be redirected to a short course evaluation, and then redirected to the course certificate – type in your name and print it out.
What does the course cost?
The on-line course is $150. Fees vary for courses offered by approved providers in classroom and webinar settings. For more information about class formats, and schedules, click here: outpatient, dental, home health / hospice.
How long does the course take?
Completion time will vary, but you can anticipate completing the course in 5 – 7 hours.
Can I get continuing education credit?
Yes, the NC Nurses Association awards 6.25 contact hours for the on-line course. At the conclusion of the on-line course, you will have an opportunity to print out a course completion certificate. Contact the approved course provider for CE details.
What if we have more than one facility?
Each non-contiguous, separate facility must designate a healthcare provider to oversee infection control activities in their facility and take the .0206 infection control training.
Doesn’t the annual OSHA training also count as infection control training?
The .0206 rule mandates that someone in your office is designated and trained to direct Infection Control activities. This person must take an approved .0206 infection control course at least once. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen training will not make you compliant with the .0206 rule. There is some overlap with between the OSHA bloodborne pathogen requirements and the NC .0206 rule, but the .0206 rule required training is more comprehensive with regard to infection control and covers safe injection practices, disinfection and sterilization, and the epidemiologic principles of infectious disease, all topics that are not covered by the annual required training for OSHA.
Who can serve as the person “designated to oversee infection control activities?”
The NC Rule .0206 does not specify who should serve in this capacity. Frequently, designees are: registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, physicians, medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, dentists, dental assistants, etc.
What if no one in my facility takes the course?
The .0206 rule enforcement is complaint driven. If a complaint were filed with either NC OSHA or the NC Communicable Disease Section, documentation of appropriate training will be requested. Non-compliance with the .0206 rule is a violation of state law and punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
Do I need to file my .0206 Infection Control course certificate with a state agency?
There is no place to officially register that the designated staff member has been trained. Keep a copy of the course completion certificate at your facility. Your course provider is required to maintain documentation on course attendees. Contact your course provider if you need a replacement certificate.
How often do I need to take the .0206 Infection Control course?
The facility’s designee only needs to take the course one time. Taking the course every 5 years is suggested because the field of infection control evolves rapidly. If the person taking the .0206 infection control course leaves your facility, someone else must be designated and take the training.