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Certificate Quality Improvement and Safety Processes

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
43662 USD
National
43662 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 80 USD
Department
School of Nursing
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)600
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About this course

In 1996, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched a concerted, ongoing effort focused on assessing and improving the nation's quality of care. The first phase of this Quality Initiative documented the serious and pervasive nature of the nation's overall quality problem. This initiative focuses on operationalizing a safe healthcare system that provides quality patient care.

In addition to the IOM, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project, funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was initiated in October 2005. This project continues to reshape nursing professional identity formation in quality and safety competencies.

The University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing has developed a minor in Quality Improvement and Safety Processes in Healthcare to address these competencies as defined by the QSEN faculty. Coursework focuses on patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement processes, safety, and systems-thinking skills. Students are mentored in utilizing a myriad of process improvement tools and have a unique opportunity to complete a quality improvement project in a healthcare organization.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eng lang – On the TOEFL-iBT exam (Internet-Based Test), competitive applicants tend to have a composite score of 100 and above (the exam is scaled from 0-120, with 120 being a perfect score) with demonstrated consistency on each section of the exam (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). On the Paper- Based TOEFL, Penn tends to admit students with a score of 600 and above (the exam is scaled from 310 to 677, with 677 being a perfect score).

  • IELTS - 7.0
  • GRE - 307
  • GMAT - 732

 

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Course Modules

This 3 CU minor can be pursued simultaneously with any graduate clinical program and prepares advanced practice nurses to understand how to implement quality improvement processes and measure resultant outcomes. Students are mentored in utilizing a myriad of process improvement tools, collaborate with physician peers in an interprofessional environment, and have a unique opportunity to complete a quality improvement project in a healthcare organization.

NURS 698 - Quality Improvement Practicum is the capstone course that includes the implementation of a QI project that may be completed in the student's place of employment.

Course of Study

Core Courses (2 course units)

  • NURS612 - Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement 
  • NURS650 - Systems Thinking in Patient Safety

Practicum Courses (1 course unit)

  • NURS698 - Practicum: Quality Improvement in Healthcare

 

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How to Apply

The doctoral program begins every September. Doctoral applicants, including those interested in pursuing the MS-PhD track, must submit their completed applications by December 1st of the previous year. Applicants interested in the MSN-PhD must submit their completed applications by November 1. The Graduate Admission Committee cannot properly evaluate a candidate nor offer an interview until the all required application items have been received.

A completed application includes the following documents:

$80 application fee

  • Online application
  • Response to the doctoral essay question
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one from each of the following sources: academic, employer and professional
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the last five (5) years. Competitive applicants are expected to score in the 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last two (2) years (for non-native English speaking applicants only)
  • Copy of official RN license(s), if applicable. 

Information for International Applicants

In addition to all required application materials, international applicants to the doctoral program must submit the following items:

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to obtain the BSN and MSN degree (if applicable)
World Education Services or Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools evaluation of all transcripts
Results from the TOEFL or the academic IELTS taken within the last two years for all non-native English speakers
We require a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam and a minimum combined score of 7.0 for the IELTS. International applicants who have been accepted to the PhD program may be required to attend The University of Pennsylvania's Summer English Language Program for International Teaching Assistants.  The cost of this program is to be paid by the student and will entail temporary housing.  Students will be expected to pass a language proficiency examination upon the conclusion of this course (if not passed prior to admission). 

 

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