This certificate is offered fully online.
The University of South Florida's Graduate Certificate in Infection Control enhances the knowledge base of post-baccalaureate nurses, medical technologists, microbiologists, or other health professionals employed as infection control practitioners. The director is certified in infection control (CIC) and brings over 20 years of infection control experience to administer this program. The design of the certificate encourages critical thinking skills that build competency for infection control professionals and provides managerial skills for effective infection control practice. The courses in the certificate program provide a comprehensive knowledge base to prepare students for the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) examination. (Note: specific infection control practical experience requirements must be met to sit for the CBIC exam).
Credit toward graduate degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.
The applicant must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in nursing, medicine, microbiology or one in a related environmental or occupational health field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Appropriate work experience is required.
Please visit www.gradcerts.usf.edu/admissions.asp to access the application. In addition, to the application forms please submit:
- Departmental Approval Form (Please print, sign, and submit with all other documents to our office).
- Official transcripts
- A resume
- A 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives in pursuing this course of study
First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to http://usfonline.admin.usf.edu/, the link to OASIS, USF's online registration system. Follow directions given online.
To access online course materials, students must have the USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain the NetID.
Tuition and fees
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It is possible to complete the certificate in one year if two courses are taken in the fall semester.