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MSN in Healthcare Online Patient Safety & Quality

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Register By: May 08 Classes Start: May 10

Ensure patient quality & safety

  • $627/credit (39 credits total)
  • No caps or waiting list
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Complete in as few as 20 months
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Become a Leader in Patient Safety & Quality

Become an advocate for change and learn critical skills needed to implement a culture of safety with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Patient Safety and Quality online program from Southern New Hampshire University.

Based on the recommendations and findings defined by the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," the 13-course, 39-credit MSN Patient Safety and Quality program prepares nurses for their emerging roles and the rising demands within healthcare. The competencies defined in the IOM report include critical thinking/critical decision-making, communication, ethics, professional development, nursing technology and resource management, and much more.

The patient safety and quality program 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.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Patient Safety and Quality degree online program, you'll be prepared to make an impact in improving patient safety and quality of care.

Learn how to:

  • Propose initiatives and technologies that facilitate decision-making for patient care
  • Motivate change and drive improvement in healthcare
  • Create health prevention and promotion initiatives
  • Generate solutions for navigating quality and cost in healthcare excellence
  • Advocate for policies and effective systems that meet the needs of consumers
  • Build effective working relationships across organizations
  • Develop continuous improvement of the patient care process

Interested in exploring some other online master's in nursing track options? We also offer an MSN generalist degree, as well as specialty tracks, including a master's in nursing education, as well as a Clinical Nurse Leader track.

Career Outlook

In "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," the Institute of Medicine recommended that 80% of RNs achieve their BSN by 2020.1 In recent years, nurses all over the U.S. have excelled in answering the call – with 57% of RNs earning their BSN or higher, according to the Campaign for Action.2

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nurses with advanced skills and other medical and health services managers is projected to continue to grow 32% through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.3 BLS specifically notes an aging baby-boom population as a factor in increased demand for healthcare services.

The global pandemic has also opened the door for major changes in healthcare. According to an article by U.S. News & World Report, the pandemic revealed problems with healthcare delivery across the country, from supply chain breakdowns to staff shortages and burnout.4 In order to solve these problems, healthcare leaders will need to rethink and implement systems that positively impact patient safety and quality care.

Top treatment centers – including ANCC Magnet hospitals – are actively looking for nurses with advanced degrees to take their patient care to the next level. A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Patient Safety and Quality can expand your nursing career employment and leadership opportunities.

Start Your Journey Towards an Online Patient Safety & Quality Degree

Courses & Curriculum

The patient safety and quality online program can provide you with an advanced education focused on healthcare systems and processes that contribute to risk reduction, evidence-based practice, knowledge of the healthcare environment, leadership, accountability, professionalism and business skills.

Students enrolled in the MSN Generalist and MSN Patient Safety and Quality programs must comply with requirements of the healthcare organizations where their practicum experiences will be completed. At least one term in advance of the capstone course students will need to submit a letter of mentor support.

It is recommended, but not required that nursing students carry their own medical malpractice insurance. If an affiliation agreement is indicated, there may be additional requirements that may include (but are not limited to) criminal background checks and verification of licensure, immunization records, health insurance and medical malpractice insurance.

Students may incur additional costs to meet the healthcare organization requirements.

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
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

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

Students enrolled in MSN programs may be subject to ongoing licensure checks through a third party vendor, additional fees will apply and may vary by state.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.