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Though APIC does not certify, we work closely with the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) to provide the best materials to prepare you for certification.
APIC is pleased to announce the 2013 Competency Advancement Assistance (CAA) program recipients:
|Debra Summers (Franklin, TN)||Donna C. McDaniel (Ronan, MT)|
|Heidi LePard (Great Falls, MT)||Debra Spavone (Newnan, GA)|
|Amanda Guspiel (Minneapolis, MN)||Victoria Mieth (Phoenix, AZ)|
|Scarlett Rivera (Valdosta, GA)||Laura Kehler (Garden City, MI)|
|Katelyn Harms (Madison, WI)||Susan O'Connor-Wright (Sandy, UT)|
|Maura K Kivlin RN, BSN (Scranton, PA)||Kathleen Pitts (Rochester, NY)|
|Ann P. North (Florence, SC)||Heidi Leeper (Rensselaer, IN)|
|Sue Ann B. Avin (Florence, SC)||Valerie Lambiase (Salt Lake City, UT)|
|Pamela Webb (Great Falls, MT)||Karen C. Ray (Bel Air, MD)|
|Erin Minnerath (Fort Harrison, MT)||Kisha Wilkinson (Philadelphia, PA)|
|Kathryn Larsen (Miles City, MT)||Debra Graem (Fort Worth, TX)|
|Rhonda K. Reed (South Bend, IN)||Kelley Tobey (Knoxville, TN)|
|Lauri Holmes (White House, TN)||Deborah Paul-Cheadle (Wyoming, MI)|
|Sheri Bishop (Fayetteville, AR)||Mary Kowatch (Sebastopol, CA)|
|Karen K. Pitman (Olympia, WA)||Sarah E. Partain (Tigard, OR)|
|Elaine Flowers (Mount Vernon, OH)||Paula Simplot (Ottumwa, IA)|
|Donna Sears (Attleboro, MA)||Karel A. Curtis (Williamsburg, VA)|
|Teresa Barnett (Temple, TX)||Mary Post (Lake Oswego, OR)|
|Maribeth Blethen Coluni (Blacksburg, VA)||Cheri Bell (West Bend, WI)|
|Sonia Rodriguez (Milwaukee, WI)||Ranay Storms (Knoxville, AR)|
|Sheila S. Newman (Troy, AL)||Cindy Barloga (Highlands, NC)|
|Teal Jeffers (Metter, GA)||Perri Brooks-Correll (Dalton, GA)|
|Angela Howell (Watsonville, CA)||Brittain Avery Wood (Morrisville, NC)|
|Sherry Brace (Saint Petersburg, FL)||Joyce E. Weaver (Bucyrus, OH)|
|Kayera Kashmiri (Tampa, FL)||Michael Grow (Williamsport, IN)|
|Sandra Neola (South Russell, OH)||Lee Ann Angelini (Clearwater, FL)|
|Catriona MacBean-Mann (Saint Paul, MN)||Stacia Brown (Tacoma, WA)|
|Amy Michelle Gray (Corinth, MS)||Jennifer VanderZee (Cedar Rapids, IA)|
|Paola Beatriz Acuna (Lima, Peru)||Rebecca Bartles (Colorado Springs, CO)|
|Michelle Raab (Branson, MO)||Elizabeth Coe (Corbin, KY)|
|Donna Sears (Attleboro, MA)|
APIC thanks its Strategic Partners for its generous and unrestricted support!
Listen to an audio recording for inspiration about obtaining your CIC
CBIC interviews Patti Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, 2013 APIC president, about the value of certification. Listen now.
What is the CIC® credential?
CIC® stands for “Certification in Infection Prevention and Control.” It is a designation awarded by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC). The credential identifies healthcare professionals who have shown mastery in knowledge of infection prevention and control by sitting for and passing the certification exam.
What are the requirements to take the exam?
In order to take the certification exam, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- You must be a licensed or certified healthcare professional or have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree.
- You must currently work in healthcare.
- Your primary role/responsibility in your current position must be infection prevention.
- You must have had sufficient experience in infection prevention.
How can APIC help?
APIC has a number of educational resources and member networks available to assist members, whether sitting for the exam for the first time or recertifying. Visit the APIC Store to view books and manuals to help you prepare for the exam. Take the IP Competency Review Online Course to test your knowledge in the latest infection prevention practices. Or, connect with a local chapter to find local study groups.
Certification shows a commitment to best practices in infection prevention and control and improved patient care. Certification also signals to your employer and your colleagues that you are committed to professional growth and advancing the practice. To meet the demands of the rapidly expanding field of infection prevention, and equip professionals for the challenges of the future, APIC has created the infection preventionist (IP) competency model. The model outlines the skills needed to advance the infection prevention field and was created to help direct the IP’s professional development at all career stages. Certification is a critical stage in the model. In addition, several studies have been released related to the benefits of certification:
- A study published in the February 2013 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control by Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH bolsters support for the CIC® credential. Read the study, and the press release.
- A study in the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control found that hospitals whose infection prevention and control programs are led by CIC have significantly lower rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections than those that are not led by a certified professional. Read the press release about the study.
Additionally, news articles are noting the value of certification. Read an article in Becker's Hospital Review. Also read personal accounts about certification from APIC members in Prevention Strategist.
For more information about certification, visit CBIC's website at www.cbic.org.
CAA 2013 application deadline 7/31/13
The deadline for application has passed. We encourage and look forward to receiving your application next year. Please be sure to watch for announcements about the CAA application process in 2014.Thank you for your interest in the CAA program.