Infection Control - Microbiology Infectious Diseases online course for dental professionals

Infection Control: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

This course aims to give you an understanding of what cross-infection means and how to prevent it.

It gives you an insight into basic microbiology and infectious diseases so that you can protect your patients and your team members. This also enables you to provide a safe working environment for your patients and all members of the practice team.

A thorough understanding of the microorganisms that cause disease and how best to prevent transmission of infectious agents is a requirement for all healthcare providers to enable you to fulfil your professional responsibilities, your duty of care and your legal and statutory obligations.

To provide the learner with a basic understanding of the different micro-organisms which can cause transmissible diseases within the dental practice setting and how to reduce risk of infection.

The objective of this e-learning course is to provide dental professionals with:

  • An understanding of which microorganisms can cause human disease.
  • An understanding of the symptoms of these infectious diseases.
  • Knowledge on how a basic understanding of basic microbiology can prevent the transmission of these infectious diseases.

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Infection Control in Primary Dental Care by Martin R Fulford & Nikolai R Stankiewicz

World Health Organisation

Course Curriculum

  • What is cross infection?
    5 minutes
  • Why do we need an understanding of cross infection?
    5 minutes
  • Who tells us what we need to do?
    5 minutes
  • Pathogenic microorganisms
    5 minutes
  • The chain of infection
    5 minutes
  • Blood Borne Viruses – Who is at risk?
    5 minutes
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
    5 minutes
  • Why do we need to protect ourselves from hepatitis B?
    5 minutes
  • The Vaccine
    5 minutes
  • Immunity Status Levels
    5 minutes
  • Post Exposure Prophylaxis
    5 minutes
  • Where do you get the vaccine?
    5 minutes
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
    5 minutes
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    5 minutes
  • Human papilloma viruses (HPVs)
    5 minutes
  • Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)
    5 minutes
  • Treating infectious patients
    5 minutes
  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
    5 minutes
  • Who is at risk of COVID-19?
    5 minutes
  • Influenza (Seasonal Flu)
    5 minutes
  • Norovirus
    5 minutes
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
    5 minutes
  • Meningococcal meningitis
    5 minutes
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
    5 minutes
  • Tetanus
    5 minutes
  • Prions
    5 minutes
  • Summary: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    5 minutes
  • Infection Control: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    10 questions
  • Course Feedback and Reflective Learning
    5 minutes

Your GDPR Course includes

Up-to-date information

Our course material is both current and relevant; verified by leaders in the dental industry.

Various media

We use a combination of text, imagery, videos and presentations to help you get the most out of this course.

Course downloads

This course features documents for you to download and use in your dental practice.

Post-course feedback

Upon completion of the course you are required to complete a short feedback survey.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course begins when you are ready. Although the course duration is 60 minutes, you can work at your own pace, and your progress is saved automatically.

How long do I have access to the course?

After you have successfully enrolled on the course, there is no limit on when you must complete the course by. 

Does the course have a test?

Yes. There is a short assessment at the end of the course. You must achieve 80% or more to pass the course. If you do not pass, you have the opportunity to review the content and re-take the assessment when you are ready.

Does the course offer a certificate upon completion?

Yes. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a personalised certificate. This is saved to your personal dashboard. You can download and print this certificate when you require it. In addition, you are also credited with a digital badge that will feature in your personal dashboard.

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