Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare

Major: Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 48 (MS); 46 (MSN)
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

This program is designed to prepare health professionals who can lead organizational efforts to improve and monitor quality metrics, improve safety for both patients and staff, and manage risks in a dynamic healthcare environment. Graduates of this program will be prepared to lead teams in a wide variety of quality and risk management initiatives including:

  • Aligning the patient safety, risk, and quality functions within the organization.
  • Ensuring that the patient safety, risk, and quality activities are aligned with the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Assessing current activities in patient safety, risk, and quality to clarify responsibilities and reduce duplication of effort.
  • Establishing a structure that ensures that patient care activities are addressed in a coordinated manner involving the patient safety, risk, and quality functions.
  • Assembling a team to ensure that the structure for patient safety, risk, and quality activities maximizes legal protections while allowing for the flow of information across all functions.
  • Coordinating process changes, data collection, data analysis, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Evaluating the roles of patient safety, risk, and quality as the organization's needs change.

This program has a mandatory 2-day on-campus intensive experience during the term prior to the capstone practicum. 

For more information, contact:  

Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor
jnr56@drexel.edu 
267.359.5692

Admission Requirements (MS)

Bachelor of Science from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Grade Point Average (GPA): A GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed. Applications from individuals with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on individual basis.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required. Transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelope directly from colleges/universities.

Prerequisites: N/A

References: Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened.

Personal Statement/Essay: Personal statement describing interest in MS degree and particular specialty.

Interview/Portfolio: Admissions interview may be required

CV/Resume: Required.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience: While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.

International Students: International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If students take the TOEFLiBT exam, they must have:
• A minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
• a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
HSAD 530Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources4.0
HSAD 505Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy4.0
IPS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Major Courses
IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation4.5
IPS 504Regulations in Health Care4.5
IPS 505Health Care Quality and the Legal Context4.5
IPS 506HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy4.5
IPS 584Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality 3.0
IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and System Thinking3.0
IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety2.0
IPS 601Quality, Safety and Risk Management Capstone5.0
Total Credits48.0

Sample Plan of Study (MS)

Term 1Credits
HSAD 505Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy4.0
HSAD 530Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 2
IPS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 3
IPS 506HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy4.5
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits7.5
Term 4
IPS 505Health Care Quality and the Legal Context4.5
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
 Term Credits7.5
Term 5
IPS 504Regulations in Health Care4.5
IPS 584Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality 3.0
 Term Credits7.5
Term 6
IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and System Thinking3.0
IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety2.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 7
IPS 601Quality, Safety and Risk Management Capstone5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 48.0

Admission Requirements (MSN)

Bachelor of Science from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

  • Those with a BSN must be from an institution accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE. 
  • RNs with a BS in in a field other than nursing, may wish to pursue the RN-MSN "bridge" program or the Dual RN-BSN-MSN Pathway

Grade Point Average (GPA): A GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed. Applications from individuals with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on individual basis.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required. Transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelope directly from colleges/universities.

Prerequisites: N/A

References: Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened.

Personal Statement/Essay: Personal statement describing interest in MSN degree and particular specialty.

Interview/Portfolio: Admissions interview may be required

CV/Resume: Required.

Licenses: Copy of current U.S. Registered Nurse license required for nurses pursuing MSN. 

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience: While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.

International Students: International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If students take the TOEFLiBT exam, they must have:
• A minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
• a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Major Courses
IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation4.5
IPS 504Regulations in Health Care4.5
IPS 505Health Care Quality and the Legal Context4.5
IPS 506HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy4.5
IPS 584Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality 3.0
IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and System Thinking3.0
IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety2.0
IPS 601Quality, Safety and Risk Management Capstone5.0
Total Credits46.0

Sample Plan of Study (MSN)

Term 1Credits
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 3
IPS 506HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy4.5
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits7.5
Term 4
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
IPS 505Health Care Quality and the Legal Context4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 5
IPS 504Regulations in Health Care4.5
IPS 584Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality 3.0
 Term Credits7.5
Term 6
IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and System Thinking3.0
IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety2.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 7
IPS 601Quality, Safety and Risk Management Capstone5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 46.0
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