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Up-to-date IPC training is essential for your safety and the safety of your patients. Complete our free, comprehensive online curriculum to expand your knowledge of IPC guidelines, COVID-19 precautions, and best practices. Learn more about the science behind these guidelines and earn CNE credit. Courses cover a wide range of topics across all roles and settings so you and your team can apply best practices wherever you work.

Current Training Courses

Introduction to Infection Control and Virus Basics
This educational activity is made up of four (4) episodes designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.
Injection Safety
This educational activity is made up of two (2) episodes designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on important injection safety actions to take when using multi-dose vials. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.
PPE Basics
This educational activity is made up of four (4) episodes (created June 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on important personal protective equipment (PPE), including eye protection, gloves, and gowns. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.
Respirator Basics
This educational activity is made up of three (3) episodes (created June 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on important personal protective equipment (PPE): respirators. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.
Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course
This course will provide infection prevention and control (IPC) training for individuals responsible for IPC programs in nursing homes so they can effectively implement their programs and ensure adherence to recommended practices by front-line staff. The course will include information about the core activities of an effective IPC program, with a detailed explanation of recommended IPC practices to prevent pathogen transmission and reduce healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance in nursing homes. Additionally, this course will provide helpful implementation resources (e.g., training tools, checklists, signs, and policy and procedure templates).
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Basics
This educational activity is made up of three (3) episodes (created July 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on environmental cleaning and disinfection. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.
Ventilation, Source Control, and Hand Hygiene
This educational activity is made up of four (4) episodes (created August 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on ventilation, source control, and hand hygiene.
How COVID-19 Spreads
This educational activity is made up of five (5) episodes (created August 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on how COVID-19 spreads.

Coming Soon

IPC Basics
Learn the fundamentals of viruses and infections, including how they develop, how they spread, who is at risk, and evidence-based practices and procedures to protect yourself and your patients.
Focused IPC Topics
Delve deeper into specific practices that impact infection risk. Get the latest scientific data on respirable airborne particles, hand hygiene in health care settings, proper glove use, and core elements of effective antibiotic stewardship.
Vaccination IPC
Learn best practices for medical injections so you and your staff can safely administer vaccines. Understand the risks associated with multi-dose vials and learn the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear while giving patients vaccines and immunizations.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of PPE. Review the latest quality standards and guidelines, up-to-date donning and doffing practices, what to wear on the front lines, and strategies to optimize your PPE supply.
Disaster Preparedness & Execution
Understand the ANA's Crisis Standards of Care so you are prepared to lead effectively during any type of disaster or emergency. Learn how to transition from contingency to crisis mode, triage patients, manage limited resources, ensure proper staffing levels, and effectively communicate with staff, patients, and the public.
IPC as a Form of Self-Care
Find evidence-based guidelines and best practices to keep yourself and your family safe. Gain self-advocacy techniques that help you and your nurses feel whole and empowered and support mental health and resilience.

Insights

Project Firstline conducted a brief survey to help us better understand nurses' educational needs and questions. These responses help inform and enlighten us to develop relevant CNE training, tools, and resources to enable nurses to confidently apply IPC principles.

Vaccination IPC Survey

CDC Facilitator Resources

These facilitator toolkits from the CDC are designed to work with your team's learning styles and busy schedules. Whether you've got 10 minutes, or 60, these resources will help you deliver a great training. You don't need to be an infection control expert to lead these trainings. The resources in these toolkits will help you along the way.

Facilitator Self-Assessment Form
Session Feedback Form
Inside Infection Control Participant Booklet
Project Firstline Facilitator Toolkit Guide
Training Session Plans

The Project Firstline program is a national training collaborative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with ANA and the American Academy of Pediatrics, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.

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Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline health care workers and public health personnel. ANA is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

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