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Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

Graduate Certificate

Effective patient safety and care. 

Since the 1970s, reporting of health outcomes by healthcare agencies and other organizations has created an environment of transparency for health care organizations. The public can now access and compare hospitals on mortality rates, infections rates, whether or not a hospital has electronic medical records or physician order entry, how many complaints a hospital or nursing home has had and much more.

The Health Care Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Graduate Certificate prepares students for addressing service-specific quality assurance issues, regulatory mandates for quality and safety and the "lean innovation model" for increasing both efficiencies in service delivery and satisfying patient expectations. QPS course work emphasizes the patient experience, relationships between patients, families and the providers of medical and behavioral services. This is accomplished through a study of data collection and analysis, effectively improving quality of care, patient satisfaction and regulatory compliance.

The core of the certificate is comprised of four courses. Students that do not have at least two years of health care experience in a hospital or appropriate setting or basic knowledge of experience using quality improvement tools may be required to take HSA 610 Health Care Delivery Systems.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online courses

Credits for Completion
12 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$715 per credit hour

Sample Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Classes

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HSA 624: Quality Improvement in Health Care Settings

Reviews the history and theory of quality management in health care settings with emphasis on patient safety, satisfaction and engagement, the patient/client experience, and regulatory requirements.

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HSA 670: Biostatistics and Health Data Analysis

Examines skills and knowledge necessary to manage and analyze biomedical data and review statistics used for decision-making, population health assessment, and inferential research analysis.

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HSA 672: Managing Patient Safety and Organizational Risk

Examines the practical and ethical dimensions of patient care and organizational leadership in the context of patient safety and risk management.

Program Details

Get all the details on our graduate certificate in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety, including course requirements and application materials.

How to Apply

To apply to the Health Care Quality and Patient Safety graduate certificate program, you will need: 

  • Completed baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale preferred
  • Current resume or documentation of professional experience
  • Completed online application

The ideal candidate for the graduate certificate in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety holds a baccalaureate degree in Health Care Administration/Management or business, clinical or health-related field with two years of management experienc in a health industry setting and some expreience with health care systems. Applicants without relevant degrees or experience may be required to take prerequisite course work.

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $715 per credit hour
Total program credits: 12

Regis also offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Rolling Admissions

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. It is recommended you apply to this program at least 4 weeks prior to your desired start date.

Starts are offered in January, May, and August.

A Culture of Excellence

The Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Graduate Certificate is offered by the Division of Health Services Education within the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.