Education Partners

Gero Nurse Prep

Gero Nurse Prep was created with long term care nurses in mind. It is a nationally accredited, web-based continuing education program that not only provides RNs with the latest clinical knowledge, skills and competencies needed to care for the elderly, but it helps prepare them to successfully complete the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification Exam in Gerontological Nursing as well. Content in the course is planned out to ensure success in ANCC certification, and alums of the course have a 96% pass rate on the certification exam.

Research has shown that there has been a significant improvement in empowerment, knowledge, competence, collaboration, satisfaction and intent to remain for those nurses who become ANCC certified. Additionally, Analyses conducted by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) show that skilled nursing centers with RNs who have been certified in gerontological nursing by ANCC are twice as likely to have a 5-star rating from CMS.

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Herzing University

Through our new partnership with Herzing University, IHCA members are eligible to receive exclusive benefits, not available to the general public, toward select educational programs. Established in 1965, Herzing University is a regionally accredited, non-profit institution that offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to meet the needs of professionals along their career pathway in the areas of technology, business, nursing, health care and public safety.

Partnership Benefits

  • 20% Tuition reduction for select programs
  • Waived application fee
  • Free evaluations of prior learning for transfer credit
  • Dedicated Support Team
  • Classes available online or on-campus
Key Programs for Long Term Care Professionals
  • RN – BSN Online (click here to find out more)
  • Accelerated RN to MSN (click here to find out more)
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Leadership and Administration (click here to find out more)

To find out more about the opportunities with Herzing University, visit or call 262.671.1234.

Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO)

Now more than ever, it is critical to have an Infection Prevention Control Officer (IPCO) in your center/organization. With this in mind, AHCA/NCAL has launched version 2 of their IPCO training program. This program is a specialized course of study for individuals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

This updated version incorporates information from the COVID-19 pandemic, the most recent regulatory requirements as well as sections on Candida auris, Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP). Additionally, there is an entire section on how to get an effective water management program running in your center. 

IHCA and AHCA are committed to ensuring nursing centers are fully prepared to meet the rigors of the new RoP requirements. This course is an online, self-study program with 25 hours of ANCC hours (22 hours of CE credit for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/Assisted Living Administration) and course participants have 12 months to complete the training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country. To find out more, or to register, click here.

Wound Certification Preparation Course Virtual

WCPC LogoIHCA, and the Long Term Care Nurses Association (LTCNA) are both proud to partner with Wound Certification Preparation Course (WCPC) Virtual to offer virtual wound management education. The WCPC is specifically designed to prepare participants for the CWCA, CWS and CWSP certification exams. Content is deeply rooted in all of these areas of wound management and will not only help health care professionals succeed in becoming wound care certified but will also offer invaluable knowledge to be able to manage wounds in long term care facilities.
WCPC Virtual classes are offered live or on demand. Click here to view an informational brochure. See below to see information regarding the schedule for upcoming courses and the special pricing available to IHCA and LTCNA Members.
IHCA/LTCNA Partner Discounts
$400 off WCPC Live Course Regular Rate
$350 off WCPC 90 Day On Demand
$225 off WCPC Virtual Regular Rate
WCPC On-Demand:
90 Day Access to Pre-Recorded Learning Modules
To register online via the WCPC website, click here.
If you have any questions regarding the course or registration you may contact Makayla Davies at or via phone at 845.774.9481.