Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Care Quality & Patient Safety

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Designed for health care professionals who wish to advance their expertise, this online graduate certificate program is 32 weeks long and comprised of four in-depth courses. It’s recommended for anyone in health care management, administration, public health, nursing and more. Students will focus on one course at a time and cover specific skills and topics in health care quality and patient safety. Whether you are a nurse or a health care administrator, this Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety can add great value to your career by demonstrating your commitment to quality and safety.

By completing your graduate certificate online, you have the flexibility and convenience to study at any time, from anywhere. This program was created with working professionals in mind, and we strive to support your success. Our expert faculty and engaging community will be with you every step of the way.

Study Standards of Quality and Safety in Healthcare

During this certificate program, you will:

  • Examine nationally recognized expectations and metrics for quality
  • Study different approaches to support quality improvement measures
  • Evaluate methods to track, assess, analyze and review patient safety data
  • Discuss project management models and approaches in health care
  • Gain skills to set expectations and identify ways to mitigate obstacles in health care project management and quality improvement
  • Learn about technologies that support clinical decision-making for patient safety

Can You Gain Healthcare Certifications With This Graduate Certificate Emphasis in Health Care Quality & Patient Safety?

While this program does not lead directly to a certification, this is a graduate certificate that will provide you with a specialized skillset in healthcare quality and patient safety in order to gain a potential healthcare certification. It will enhance your knowledge and hone your skills so that you can make a positive impact when it comes to quality and patient safety in health care. It is valuable for a range of professionals, including those who aspire to be in roles such as quality and patient safety coordinators, directors of risk and quality, patient safety officers, RN quality and accreditation coordinators and many others.

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Total Credits: 16
Online: 8 weeks
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The University will accept one course of the total certificate requirements in transfer.
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Course List

16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course focuses on the critical analysis of health care research and its application to the administration and delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on strategies to access current and relevant data, synthesize the information, and translate new knowledge into practice. Learners are introduced to concepts of measurement, reliability, and validity, as well as ethical issues in the design and conduct of research through an evaluative process of health care initiatives and projects.

Course Description

This course provides foundational knowledge that will equip learners to make decisions regarding quality improvement and patient safety. Learners explore the quality improvement process and examine the most commonly used models and tools for improving health care quality. Learners will also evaluate methods to track, assess, analyze, and review data relating to patient safety issues. Prerequisite: NUR-590 & NUR-630 or HCA-540.

Course Description

This course examines the models and approaches of project management in health care settings. Learners demonstrate understanding of the project management process and its application to health care quality and safety initiatives. Learners gain skills to identify various stakeholders and roles, set goals and expectations, plan stakeholder engagement, and identify ways to mitigate obstacles in health care project management. Prerequisite: HQS-610.

Course Description

This course examines components of implementing health care quality and safety initiatives. Learners examine the elements of change management, identify criteria for success in change areas, and plan phases and goals for implementation. Learners also consider change sustainability and dissemination of successful implementations. Prerequisite: HQS-620.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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