Basic Infection Prevention and Control for the Paraprofessional

Preventing and controlling infections is a primary concern for health care workers. Learning about infection control and common sense work habits is important to meet the goal of controlling infections. This session is designed as an entry-level course for paraprofessionals learning about infection control. Common infectious diseases and protective practices associated with the diseases are discussed.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge checks to after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the material before proceeding to the next section. After you have completed the module content you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher on the final exam to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • State the importance of infection control measures.
  • Describe the links in the chain of infection.
  • Explain the purpose of the Employee Right To Know Law.
  • Describe the importance of hand hygiene in the prevention of infection.
  • State the various components of Standard Precautions.
  • List three common infectious diseases.
  • Outline steps to take control of the spread of infection in the home.
Contact Time

1.3 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1.3 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as home health aide, nurse aide and personal care attendant.

HLC - Higher Learning Commission
Rochester Community and Technical College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
HLC Institution ID:1399
Disclosure Statements:
Author Updating

Kimberly Aronhalt - MAN BSN RN PHN

Kimberly Aronhalt received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana and her Master of Arts degree in Nursing Leadership from Ausburg College, Minneapolis, MN. She has over 35 years’ experience healthcare including home care for maternal-child, adult and hospice populations, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Adjunct Nursing Faculty for several community colleges in Minnesota. Over the last 9 years, Kimberly has developed her expertise in infection prevention and control as an Infection Preventionist and Supervisor in Occupational and Employee Health at Mayo Clinic as well as an Infection Control Specialist for a large senior living community including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. During that time she has co-authored numerous articles related to infection control and reduction.

Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Course Category
Paraprofessional Healthcare Continuing Education