Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure

The online Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure is a three-course program that will introduce you to the fundamentals of the patient safety field.

In this program you will:

  • 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

The program is designed for healthcare professionals who work full-time while completing the courses.

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Program Structure

To earn the certificate, individuals must complete the following three courses:

PSL 401: Patient Safety and Quality Care Improvement (4 Semester Hours)

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 (4 Semester Hours)

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 403: Communication and Collaboration (4 Semester Hours)

Introduces advanced communication strategies for patient safety success in the current and future healthcare systems. Topics include enhanced communication skills, individual and group design/presentation techniques, hand-off, chain of command, critical thinking strategies and skills, stress and time management and learning team dynamics.

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.