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Certification in Healthcare Quality Post-Graduate Patient Safety Certificate

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Register By: May 08 Classes Start: May 10

Advance in Patient Quality & Safety

  • 4 courses - earn your credential in less than a year
  • Supplement your master's in health or nursing
  • $627/credit (12 credits)
  • Master a critical focus area in healthcare today
  • 24/7 online accessibility - attend class when it's convenient
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Patient Quality & Safety Post-Graduate Certificate Program Overview

Enhance your nursing or healthcare career with Southern New Hampshire University's Patient Safety and Quality Post-Graduate Certificate.

This 12-credit program follows strategies for improving patient safety and quality, as outlined in the Institute of Medicine's report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." Students will identify ways to ensure the continuous improvement of the patient care process.

You'll specifically focus on healthcare quality improvement, risk assessment, communication, legal issues and strategies that contribute to building a culture of safety. You'll also explore ways to assure accountability and reliability in care processes and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams.

In the online patient safety and quality post-graduate healthcare certificate, you'll learn how to:

  • Propose informatics technologies that help deliver and enhance patient care
  • Apply research practices to drive real-world improvement in healthcare
  • Use data to ensure excellence in healthcare across diverse settings
  • Develop continuous improvement of the patient care process

Career Outlook

Perfect for nurses and healthcare professionals who have already earned their master's degree online, or on campus, our patient safety and quality post-graduate healthcare certificate program can help position you for advancement in various healthcare settings.

Nurses and medical professionals with advanced skills are highly sought after by employers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18% through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.1

However, these numbers don't even reflect the more recent challenges confronted by today's healthcare system. Caregivers now have the impossible task of treating a high volume of patients in stressful, often unpredictable conditions. Moreover, health leaders are needed to improve and enact procedural initiatives that could help save lives.

Dr. Karen Brooks"Given recent and ongoing health issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of Zika spread and transmission, healthcare workers need to be prepared," said Dr. Karen Brooks, graduate nursing faculty lead at SNHU. "The [patient safety and quality certificate program exposes students to strategies for effective interdisciplinary interactions and problem solving through strategic data analysis."

Graduates of the program can help reduce the projected 4 in 10 global patients harmed in primary and outpatient care each year. Of these cases, it's estimated that 80% are preventable.2

What's more, this 12-credit program can be completed in less than a year – helping you fast-track your goals and make an immediate impact in the industry.

Start Your Journey Toward a Patient Safety and Quality Post-Graduate Healthcare Certificate

Courses & Curriculum

In the online 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.

Building upon your technical aptitude, you'll gain a deep understanding of how cross-organizational teams work together within a complex healthcare system.

"The demands of patient and safety roles require interdisciplinary collaboration," said Dr. Brooks. "This is why the four courses in this certificate program are interdisciplinary health professions (IHP) courses."

Delivery of care depends on a well-oiled machine that consists of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical workers. Every touchpoint requires a set of processes built to ensure the safety of patients. Whether it's the prepping procedures before blood is drawn, or the multi-step process of delivering medication to a patient, these practices are essential in reducing harm and risk.

Beyond that, cost is a major driver of quality care.

"The four interdisciplinary courses that comprise the certificate program are tailored to address the undeniable nexus between quality and cost," Dr. Brooks said. "This is through courses that focus on organizational strategies to improve and highlight quality while also considering value and cost containment aspects."

One such course is IHP640: Measurement, Analysis & Models for Performance Improvement. By honing in on data, the course will help you play a more active role in organizational decision making. You'll learn how to use evaluation and display tools that can be shared with key stakeholders. These visualized findings will then be used to identify trends and introduce cost-effective process improvement strategies.

IHP645: Regulatory Compliance, Accreditation and Promoting a Patient Safety Culture, on the other hand, takes a close look at the processes and procedures that promote safety in healthcare environments. These include risk assessment, safety improvement, advanced communication strategies, change management and more.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.