Infection prevention (HLSC 605)

Course NameInfection Prevention
Course Description

This fully on-line course is intended for primarily for HCAs. The course covers the content from the Health Care Assistant Provincial Curriculum Guide (2015) related to infection prevention.

This course is also suitable for anyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge of infection prevention techniques.

Subject CodeHLSC 605
Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will

  • understand the factors involved in the spread of infection; and
  • be able to demonstrate the practices of infection prevention.
Pre-requisiteCompletion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail on the General Admission Information page. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration but may be requested by Ƶ.
Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • microorganisms, including MROs, and the spread of infection;
  • principles and practice of medical asepsis;
  • routine practices;
  • hand hygiene;
  • gloving;
  • isolation precautions; and
  • safety practices related to prevention of infection.
Learning Resources

All required resources will be provided within the course.

The primary resource used is Mosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker (4th Canadian Edition). It is available through the Ƶ Bookstore for anyone wishing to order a copy. It may also be available at public college libraries throughout BC where the Health Care Assistant Program is offered. This textbook is used by HCA programs throughout BC, and most of Canada. It is a good resource for anyone working as an HCA in BC.

Instruction Method

Interactive online course, delivered through Blackboard.

Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.

AssignmentsStudents will complete short quizzes and assignments throughout the course. Students will require access to a digital camera, smart phone, tablet, or laptop, et cetera, in order to create and upload short video clips.

The course is graded as Mastery/Non-mastery.  

Successful course completion proven with official transcript request.

Completion TimeframeTwo (2) months (5 hours) from course start date. Students can also expect to spend additional time on assigned readings and assignments.
Registration and course start

Registration is easy: simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

CRN: 21419

Start DateDeadline to Register
Weekly, MondayWednesday prior