Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree 
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 15.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 11-9111

About the Program

The post-bachelor's certificate in Quality, Safety and Risk Management 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
  • 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

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited program
  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required
  • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable.)
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
    • Letter of recommendation requirement is waived if GPA is a 3.0 or higher.

Program Requirements

IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation4.5
IPS 504Regulations in Health Care4.5
IPS 584Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality 3.0
IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and System Thinking3.0
Total Credits15.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
IPS 5044.5IPS 5014.5IPS 5843.0IPS 5853.0
 4.5 4.5 3 3
Total Credits 15

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Certificate in Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare webpage and on the Drexel University Online Certificate in Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare webpage.

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