Enhance your professional experience and your nursing or healthcare career with Southern New Hampshire University’s post-graduate certificate in patient safety and quality. This 12-credit program addresses the need for the continuous improvement of the patient care process through strategies for improving patient safety and quality, as outlined in the Institute of Medicine's report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."
Our post-graduate certificate program online in patient safety and quality prepares nurses and other healthcare professionals to meet the increasing demands of the healthcare industry.
The online nursing certificate in patient safety and quality focuses on healthcare quality improvement, risk assessment, communication, legal issues and strategies that contribute to building a culture of safety, and assuring accountability and reliability in care processes, among others.
In the online patient safety and quality certificate program, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning an online patient safety and quality post-graduate nursing certificate at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
MSN students must have:
The patient safety and quality post-graduate nursing certificate provides an additional credential in a high-demand area for nurses and other healthcare professionals who already hold master's degrees.
In the post graduate patient safety and quality certificate program, you'll explore healthcare systems and processes that contribute to risk reduction, evidence-based practice, knowledge of the healthcare environment, leadership, accountability, professionalism and business skills.
This course focuses on the knowledge, skills, attitudes needed to assure quality patient and family centered care provided through interdisciplinary collaborative care. Students will focus on strategies that contribute to building a culture of safety assuring accountability and reliability in care processes. Health policy issues access to care, and cost issues are addressed including pay for performance, quality outcomes, and nurse sensitive outcomes, with a special focus on healthcare reforms focus on quality.
This course examines the principles of measurement, analysis and models for performance improvement to promote continuous quality improvement. Design and data collection will be explored including sampling methodology, operational definitions, establishment of benchmarks, and data integrity and differentiating between structure, process and outcome measures. Topics for measurement and analysis examined include using statistics to describe data (e.g. mean, median, standard deviation); using statistical process control charts to identify trends and distinguish between common and special cause variation; using tools to evaluate a process or display data (e.g. fishbone, run charts, Pareto chart, control chart, etc.); and evaluating data to support decision-making. Students will also explore models for performance improvement including PDSA, Six Sigma and Lean. Students who successfully complete the course (B- or better, course work & projects) will receive 45 indirect practice hours).
This course examines the tenets that promote a patient safety culture and external controls promulgated from regulatory and accrediting agencies to assure patient safety. Students will explore healthcare accrediting and regulatory agencies including The Joint Commission, DNV, Magnet, OSHA, CMS and state licensing bodies. Topics explored in this course include: assessing the HCO patient safety culture; utilizing technology to enhance patient safety; promoting patient safety through incident or safety reporting systems, monitoring patient safety goals (e.g. National Patient Safety Goals), sentinel events and reporting, and utilizing Root Cause Analysis and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis models. Students will evaluate compliance with internal and external requirements related to clinical practice, service quality, peer review and documentation. Students who successfully complete the course (B- or better, course work & projects) will receive 45 indirect practice hours).
This course explores program design, planning and evaluation utilizing needs assessment, data analysis, resource allocation, and evaluation methodologies. This course provides the student with a strong foundation in the development of a program proposal.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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