MSN – Infection Prevention & Control

An MSN in Infection Prevention and Control is a specialized degree that explores the creation and monitoring of programs and critical infection control indicators in health care delivery systems. Many healthcare centers are developing procedures to fight potentially deadly strains of viruses and bacteria, and require the skills and expertise of trained professionals. Infection control practitioners are the nurses who qualify to consult on the best methods to fight these threats and ensure quality care for all patients.

Overview of a MSN – Infection Prevention & Control Program

  • These programs seek students passionate about public health, research, and policy with an interest in the prevention and control of infections in hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care practices, and/or the community.
  • Students examine epidemiology, data management and data mining to learn how they can be used to improve patient care and develop infection prevention and control polices to ensure patient safety.
  • Students prepare to work in settings where they provide colleagues with solid clinical expertise, advice, support and guidance so they can prevent, manage and control healthcare associated infections.
  • Coursework trains students on researching the environment for new and emerging issues, as well as improving the safety and quality of care.
  • Programs might include practical laboratory sessions, a focus on clinical practice, the opportunity for students to network and share experiences of investigating and managing outbreaks of infection, and a global perspective on infection control and prevention.

Steps to Become a Infection Control Practitioner

  1. Earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
  2. Receive a Registered Nurse Certification.
  3. Enroll and complete a MSN program with a concentration in infection prevention & control from an accredited school like Capella University, Georgetown University, Purdue University, South University, or University of Cincinnati.
  4. Obtain ICP certification and proper licensure, which varies by state.

Infection Control Practitioner Salary and Career Information

The job setting will vary depending on what specific job you get. Possible options include hospitals, clinics, private offices, hospice centers, nurse-managed health centers, schools, and nursing homes. While it is not often a prerequisite to find a job, membership with the American Nurses Association (ANA) can increase your employability. Other membership benefits include access to the continuing education library, annual conferences, news updates relevant to the field, savings on ANA books, professional liability insurance, and a vast network to connect with.

The average salary of nurse practitioners varies by location, experience, and the type of employer you have. For more information on your earning potential, please refer to our nursing job outlook page.

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