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Infection prevention (HLSC 605)



Course Name


Infection 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 Code


HLSC 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.










There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is assumed. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this expectation.



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 Douglas College 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.





Students 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 Timeframe


Two (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.


Summer 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
 Weekly, Monday  21212  Friday, one week prior

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