CIC Certification

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    does anyone have any feedback to offer about this exam? i just ordered the review pack from apic and plan on testing late this spring.
    thanks,
    jenn
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    Quote from bsrn0523
    does anyone have any feedback to offer about this exam? i just ordered the review pack from apic and plan on testing late this spring.
    thanks,
    jenn
    hi jenn,

    i want to take the exam too, but have not set a date. there is so much to learn! do you go to the local apic meetings? there may be review classes available at a local hospital. you wrote this almost four months ago, have you already taken the exam?

    do you work with an active ic department, or are you the only ic person (like i am). i was surprised to find out how little help there actually is for studying for the exam if you are on your own. (as evidenced by this being the only reply you have received in over three months. )

    good luck to all of us!

    opera
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    hi opera,

    i just scheduled the exam for october 15th. i have ordered all of the study material, but boy, there is a ton to know! like you, i also noted that unlike some other specialty certifications (ex: wocn,ccrn), the cic cert. does not have a great deal of review material available. right now, i am just utilizing the outline and the apic manual and the other ancillary references listed on the website.

    i plan on attending the local chapter apic meetings when they start up again in the fall. hopefully, i will meet others studying for the exam. like you, it is just me, myself, and i at the large ltac i work for. do you work in acute care?

    feel free to message me, and if you hear of any review classes for the exam, let me know.

    good luck to you,

    jenn
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    hi jenn,

    i have been studying off and on for the past 6 months. last month i bought the online practice exam. that made me realize how hard the test really is! i am not even half way through the exam (70 questions). it takes me a long time to find the answer to each question, and sometimes i cannot even find an answer. i mainly search the apic text online version for the answers, which has free online access for a year if you bought the book. i have probably spent nearly $1000 on apic materials--i think i have bought everything there is to study for the exam, with my own money.

    i found the state infection control organization to be a good value. in my state they are having a 3-day seminar in september for 'only' around $300. it's not geared specifically toward certification, but will probably help, and will at least be good for networking.

    other than that, the only review classes i know of are the ones on the apic web site. there may be local classes in our areas sometime in the future. i guess we'll find out at the local or state apic meetings.

    thanks,

    opera
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    Quote from bsrn0523
    does anyone have any feedback to offer about this exam? i just ordered the review pack from apic and plan on testing late this spring.
    thanks,
    jenn
    apic now offers a course you can purchase that is a prep course for the cic exam. you may want to look at that. it paces you through several weeks of study to get you ready. i think once i finish my bshs degree next summer i will try to take their prep course. good luck. if anyones has taken it, how rough is it? do they allow re-takes. i panic to the point of hyperventilating and throwing up with testing. yuck.
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    Quote from cheyfire
    apic now offers a course you can purchase that is a prep course for the cic exam. you may want to look at that. it paces you through several weeks of study to get you ready. i think once i finish my bshs degree next summer i will try to take their prep course. good luck. if anyones has taken it, how rough is it? do they allow re-takes. i panic to the point of hyperventilating and throwing up with testing. yuck.
    hi chey,

    can you post a link to this? i am not familiar with this course. and, as far as i know, you can retake the exam, though i have not taken it.

    thanks,

    opera
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    Quote from bsrn0523
    hi opera,

    i just scheduled the exam for october 15th. i have ordered all of the study material, but boy, there is a ton to know! like you, i also noted that unlike some other specialty certifications (ex: wocn,ccrn), the cic cert. does not have a great deal of review material available. right now, i am just utilizing the outline and the apic manual and the other ancillary references listed on the website.

    i plan on attending the local chapter apic meetings when they start up again in the fall. hopefully, i will meet others studying for the exam. like you, it is just me, myself, and i at the large ltac i work for. do you work in acute care?

    feel free to message me, and if you hear of any review classes for the exam, let me know.

    good luck to you,

    jenn
    would love to network-am new to this role - working for a huge snf/acute facility-am taking epi 101 in 2 wks
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    Quote from dogwalker
    would love to network-am new to this role - working for a huge snf/acute facility-am taking epi 101 in 2 wks
    You will probably know more than I do after taking the EPI course! Ha. Good luck! As I mentioned in a previous post, I believe you get more bang for your buck with the local APIC orgs, though you still would need the national organization.

    Opera
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    here is the link from the apic website that discusses a cic study course. i am going to epi 101 in october in atlanta. has anyone taken the exam yet? is it as hard as i fear it may be?



    http://www.apic.org/content/navigati...ert_review.htm
    certification review course





    overview:
    for those planning to become certified in infection control (cic) or renew their certification, apic has made it easier to prepare for the exam with the online certification review course--the most comprehensive online study course available. begin the course today and enjoy the luxury of studying at your own pace, while earning up to 15 ceus.

    course objectives:

    effectively supplement preparation for the infection control certification exam through focus on:
    • strategies for data collection, analysis, and reporting in surveillance and epidemiology investigation;
    • evaluation for host factors, microbiologic agents, clinical findings, and diagnostic testes related to the infectious process;
    • identification of communication and management strategies utilized by the infection preventionist;
    • selection of principles of adult learning program planning, instructional methods, and evaluation for preparation of educational programs;
    • application of research findings to practice and educational programs;
    • development of strategies to reduce the risk of infection transmission between patients and healthcare workers; and
    • identification of types of test takers and strategies that can be used to enhance performance.
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    Excellent! Thanks. Yes I am a member of APIC.

    Opera26


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