Quality Improvement & Safety Processes in Healthcare Certificate

Supporting the Institute of Medicine’s long-standing mandate to work toward delivering care in a more safe and effective way, this minor focuses on improving operations to reshape quality and safety in the nursing profession. 

About the Program

This certificate program focuses on patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement processes, safety, and systems-thinking skills toward improving the quality and safety of healthcare delivery. This is an on-campus program for master’s level nurses with the potential for some online work.

Program Information


Program Length

15 months

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Learning Format

In-person *

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format.

Program Details


This three-course certificate can be done simultaneously with any graduate clinical program, and works to prepare advanced practice nurses to implement quality improvement processes and measure the resultant outcomes. You’ll take Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking in Patient Safety, as well as one practicum course unit.

Click the links below to view the curriculum and plans of study for this program.

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Minimum qualifications for the program

BSN and MSN with a minimum GPA of 3.0



International Applicants

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Application Deadlines

2024 Enrollment Deadline: March 15, 2024

Latest Decision Notification:
Summer start: mid-April
Fall start: mid-May

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Every student’s living situation and personal expenses are different, but below are the projected academic year Summer and Fall/Spring costs per CU. These can be multiplied by the total number of CUs in your part-time plan of study to estimate the total cost of a program:

School of Nursing certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid. However, some tuition assistance may be available to you via alternative loan programs, please follow this link to find out more: https://srfs.upenn.edu/financial-aid/loans/private-alternative. Students can always apply for personal loans through their bank.

Students can also sign up for a payment plan if they do not have tuition reimbursement from their employer or if they can’t pay their bill in full. The link for the Penn Payment Plan is: Penn Payment Plan | Penn Student Registration & Financial Services| Penn SRFS (upenn.edu).

Program Outcomes

Penn Nursing is leading to healthier, more equitable future.

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