AHCA/NCAL Education

ahcancalED is a new learning management system from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) that contains a wealth of information including educational programs, webinars, instructional videos, training courses, and other tools. It is exclusively for members and also includes opportunities to discuss topics, learn best practices, and grow the competency of staff. It is designed to help individuals in our profession do a better job of caring for patients and residents and advance in their careers.

This member benefit is structured to make the online learning experience engaging, meaningful, and interactive for users. The fresh graphics and clearly defined sections within the site make it easy for users to navigate and find the information they need. The site also allows users to track their own learning progress. We see ahcancalED as the go-to resource for staff who need information in the moment to better care for people.



Infection Preventionist training requirement – November 2019

AHCA/NCAL is ready to help skilled nursing centers meet the new Infection Preventionist specialized training requirement finalized by CMS in the Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities required by November 2019, as well as equip assisted living providers to get ahead of the curve. This course provides specialized training for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists. Through this Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their skilled nursing center or assisted living community.

The course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country. AHCA’s/ NCAL’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) training content includes:

  • A thorough explanation of the impact of infections on the people who live, work and visit nursing centers.
  • Definitions of essential components of an effective infection prevention and control program.
  • Identification and management of common infections.
  • Strategies to prevent the spread of infections.
  • Identification and description of the steps necessary for infection surveillance, antibiotic stewardship, investigating, tracking and  reporting infections
  • Successful implementation strategies.