Post-Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety
Healthcare Quality and Safety professionals are transforming healthcare delivery and redefining what it means to provide the highest-quality level of care.
Designed for working professionals, the JU HQS programs offer flexible schedules with cutting-edge programming to take students to the next step in their career.
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The Jacksonville University HQS program is one of an elite few in North America and JU is one of the 12 founding HQS schools working with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) to develop industry standards for healthcare quality and safety accreditation
The JU HQS programs are offered in a 100% online format to meet the needs of working professionals.
Career Game Changer
The JU HQS master’s degree prepares graduates for careers such as Director of Quality/ Risk Management, Chief Quality Officers, Quality analysts, Clinical excellence representatives and more. In 2017, the median annual wage for a Chief Quality Officer was $122,539 according to payscale.com.
Courses are taught by skilled faculty who bring extensive real-world experience to the classroom. The program director, Dr. Teri Chenot, has received numerous patient safety awards and is involved in healthcare quality and safety initiatives at the national/international level.
JU is the home of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute Regional Center which hosts the annual, nationally-recognized, interprofessional Patient Safety Forum. The forum has created an international network of healthcare professionals who lead quality and safety educational resources and scholarship.
Admission into the HQS program is selective and limited to those students who have demonstrated potential for successfully completing the program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission;
GRE and application fees have been temporarily waived.
- Completed online graduate application.
- Candidates must have completed a master's degree or higher at a regionally accredited
university, OR must currently be enrolled in a JU graduate program.
- Official transcripts from each graduate-level institution attended (including all courses taken, grades received, and, if applicable, degree earned) must be submitted.
- At a minimum, candidates must have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from
a regionally accredited university.
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended (including all courses
taken, grades received, and, if applicable, degree earned) must be submitted.
- Candidates must have earned a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) with a 3.0, or higher, on a 4.0 scale to be fully admitted.
- Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) with less than
3.0 on a 4.0 scale will be considered for conditional admission.
A graduate entrance exam (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, or MAT) may be required for applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended (including all courses taken, grades received, and, if applicable, degree earned) must be submitted.
- Candidates where English is not the language of instruction must also submit a TOEFL
- TOEFL - minimum score 650 (paper), 280 (computer), 114 (internet- based), or IELTS – 8.0 if candidate’s primary language is not English.
- Current CV or Resume.
- Personal Statement of Purpose/Essay may be requested.
- Letters of recommendation may be requested.
- Unencumbered background check completed by the start of the first semester. Information on the background check may need to be released to agencies for permission to participate at the healthcare site. If placement is denied by the agency, and an alternative site cannot be obtained, the student will not complete the program.
To obtain a Post Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety, each student must complete 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework, in addition to one three credit hour capstone for a total of 12 credit hours.
- HQS 501: Introduction to Healthcare Quality/Culture, Interprofessional Teams, and Simulation
- HQS 502: Health Law, Regulatory Issues, and the Business of Healthcare Quality Improvement
- HQS 503: Improvement Science, Human Factors, and Systems Thinking
- HQS 560: Healthcare Quality and Safety Capstone Seminar and Project