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Graduate Certificate in Essentials in Healthcare Safety and Quality

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The online Graduate Certificate in Essentials in Healthcare Safety and Quality is a three-course program that will introduce you to the fundamentals of the patient safety field. It is designed for healthcare professionals who work full-time while completing courses.
  • Develop

    organizational leadership skills specific to patient safety issues

  • Learn

    strategies for proposing and implementing process improvements within your healthcare organization

  • Review

    advanced communication strategies for patient safety success in health care systems, including the CANDOR toolkit

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To earn the certificate, individuals must complete the following three courses. Students typically take one course per eight-week term. If courses are taken in consecutive terms, the certificate can be earned in six to eight months.

PSL 401

Patient Safety and Quality Care Improvement:

Introduces students to relevant theory, content, tools and methods in the field of patient safety. Focuses on the historical concepts, demographic trends, and current issues of patient safety and quality care.

PSL 402

Error Science, Risk and Disclosure:

Teaches error theory and systems thinking, as well as methods for risk assessment and patient safety improvement, including high risk contexts for error occurrence. Students will be introduced to what is currently known about effective methods for error disclosure.

PSL 413

Quality and Performance Improvement:

This course is an exercise in practical application of an improvement science project
as it applies to healthcare systems. It is intended to focus the learner on the multiple everyday processes used by practitioners that are in need of improvement. The course readings, presentations, hands-on exercises are designed to develop students to a level of mastery in the field of patient safety. The course requires the learner to synthesize and integrate process improvement science models and apply them toward specific patient safety and quality situations found within the organizational setting.