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Certificate in Quality, Safety and Risk Management

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
Maximum Time Frame: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Program

Drexel University’s 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.

Upon completion, you'll be prepared to lead teams in a wide variety of quality and risk management initiatives including:

  • Aligning patient safety, risk, and quality functions within the organization
  • Ensuring that 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 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

Certificate in Quality, Safety and Risk Management Program Features

  • 100% online
  • Credits may be transferred into one of Drexel’s online MSN or MS Advanced Role programs
  • Learn from faculty in Drexel’s respected College of Nursing and Health Professions

FAQS ABOUT OUR ONLINE PBC IN HEALTHCARE QUALITY, SAFETY, AND RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Can the credits from this program transfer into the MS or MSN in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare?
Credits you've earned during the Online PBC in Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Risk Management may be transferred into one of Drexel’s online MSN or MS Advanced Role programs.

Do I need to come to campus?
While we love when our students visit campus, you don't have to be on-campus as a requirement of the online PBC in Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Risk Management.

Note: Drexel University is not authorized to admit students from Louisiana and South Dakota to our online nursing programs

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    • If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume. You must also provide two professional letters 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.
  • While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive.

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
  • Two professional letters 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
    • If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, this requirement can be waived
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for International Students

An admissions interview may be required.

Application Deadline:
March 4, 2024

Curriculum

This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two-semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

For Full List of courses, please visit Drexel Online.

Accreditation

CCNE: This program is fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Outcomes

  • Practices within a legal and ethical framework of health care delivery.
  • Advances the role of advanced nursing practice in the health care system through scholarship, clinical experience and political involvement.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in clinical decision-making.
  • Integrates multiple technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data required to develop plans of care for patients, families and communities.
  • Integrates culturally sensitive health promotion activities that contribute to the health and wellness of the community into clinical practice.
  • Demonstrates leadership in nursing and health care through involvement in the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues.
  • Evaluates and modify the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice based on current research findings, standards of care and patient outcomes.
  • Contributes to the advancement of nursing, health care and humanity through communication, collaboration and education.

Nursing Program Mission and Values

The Nursing program faculty and staff are committed to educating nurses to embrace both the art and science of nursing, to integrate caring into practice, to think critically and practice competently, compassionately and safely in complex rapidly changing practice environments. The Nursing program supports administrators, faculty, staff and students in developing holistic evidence-based programs, which create healing and caring environments at all levels that reflect innovative education, interdisciplinary practice and research.

The highest goals of the program include demonstrating efficacy, quality and cost-effectiveness of evidence-based nursing interventions in promoting health, preventing disease, preserving human dignity, reducing health disparities and caring for the sick and injured.

All efforts in the Nursing program are designed to build nursing knowledge, enhance nursing practice, foster professional integrity, promote innovation, engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and ultimately improve the health outcomes of patients and families from diverse communities across the continuum of care.

The Nursing program is committed to excellence in nursing education through educational programs that are:

  • Authentic: We value a deep connection to others, appreciation of diverse opinions and respect for the other’s frame of reference. We value going beyond objective assessment to understand the context of the other, creative use of self and engagement in the artistry of the caring-healing process—the essence of Nursing.
  • Complex: We value complexity science by recognizing that our Nursing program is a complex, dynamic, unpredictable, emerging, self-organizing and adaptive system that cannot be reduced to the sum of its members. As such, we seek that administrators, faculty, staff and students develop skills to improvise, build on the innovations of others, develop positive interpersonal interactions, appreciate the reciprocity that our actions have on the larger system and ourselves and embrace surprise as an opportunity to learn, make sense of our dynamic reality and make a positive impact on the health of our clients.
  • Rigorous: We continuously review and redesign programs, courses, technology-infused learning systems and educational products for depth and quality with the learner's experience and background in mind.
  • Relevant: We continuously examine changing market forces, the progression of nursing knowledge and the best practices in health care and education to redesign educational programs. There is a strong commitment to population-focused care practice in diverse communities; therefore, we strive to ensure clinically relevant education and simulation experiences. Our faculty serves as excellent role models for developing clinicians.
  • State of the Art: We value the use of technological innovation and patient simulation scenarios which foster advanced and evidence-based interdisciplinary communication and teamwork, multiple patient management and crisis resource management skills, provision of culturally relevant care, decreased prevalence of errors and adverse events and a higher intellectual standard in both undergraduate and graduate nursing education.
  • Learner-Friendly: In consideration of the demanding, fast-paced lives of our students and nurse consumers, we offer high-quality educational programs in convenient and contemporary formats, including access to academic online courses with attention to user-friendly interfaces as well as resources to enhance academic success. In addition, the College of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to being a challenging and rewarding work environment for faculty, staff and administrators. Information and data on all aspects of the college’s operations are widely shared with faculty, staff and students and all are encouraged to participate in its decisions and activities.