I know this is late, but may help someone else.
I am working toward getting my CIC (Certified Infection Control). UNC Chapel Hill has a two week course which is very good. It is done in two one week classes. Infection Control Part I and Infection Control Part II. Part I is done in the spring and Part II is done in the fall. They also have a one day course for the RNs who have two years experience to take to help prepare you to take the certification board, which cost a few hundred dollars to take, so you want every help you can get.
I was lucky, I was helping the case manager here and when she left, I was asked to take her job. Well Infection Control was one of her jobs. My turn over was about 5 minutes, here is a list of what I monitor, good luck.
Well it turned out that she was not doing even 10% of what was suppose to be done. I ended up rewriting every IC policy and learning from the ground up. Thankfully I had some exp with Navy OSHA and 14 years as a nurse to pull on.
As far as going straight into IC straight out of school. You could do it, but I would not recommend it. You need to know what the different lab results mean, how to know what an imaging reports says, C&S reports, what needs to be reported to public health and how fast, what requires isolation and what type of isolation.
If you can attend Chapel Hill, this will give you so much information it will make your head spin. The more I do IC the more I like it.
What you need is to find a job that needs an assistant to help with IC and you can get some exp and then move on up. Good luck and don't give up.