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  • MS/MSN in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare

    NOTE: This program is coming soon. Please fill out the Request More Information form to learn more.


    Beginning Fall 2017, pending final approval.

    The MS/MSN in Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare prepares you to lead organizational efforts that improve and monitor quality metrics, improve safety for both patients and staff, and manage risks in a dynamic health care environment.

    This interdisciplinary patient safety and health care quality master's program is designed for health care professionals seeking to develop essential competencies to assess, monitor, and improve health care outcomes in community-based care delivery settings, hospitals, and other health care organizations. 

    Upon graduation, you will be able to:

    • Apply a legal and ethical framework of health care delivery
    • Further the role of the quality, safety, and risk management professional in the health care system through scholarship, clinical experience, and organizational involvement 
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in decision-making
    • Integrate multiple technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data to care for patients, families and communities
    • Integrate culturally sensitive health promotion activities that contribute to the health and wellness of the community into practice
    • Demonstrate leadership through the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues
    • Evaluate and modify the quality and effectiveness of care based on current research findings, standards of care, and patient outcomes
    • Contribute to the advancement of health care and humanity through communication, collaboration and education

    Program Features

    • Designed for those interested in a career that will impact quality, safety and risk management in the healthcare industry
    • Faculty who are current practicing experts in the fields of law, quality, patient safety, and risk management 
    • Interdisciplinary structure, offering the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively as you would in practice
    • Realistic virtual simulation experiences and a short on-campus experience in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, which allow you to apply principles learned throughout the program to realistic, high stakes, simulation activities

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation 
    IPS 504Regulations in Health Care 
    IPS 505Health Care Quality and the Legal Context 
    IPS 506HIPPA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy 
    IPS 584Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality 
    IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and Systems Thinking 
    IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety 
    IPS 601Quality, Safety, and Risk Management Capstone  
    Choose from one of the following sequences: 
    MSN Sequence 
    These are the Core MSN courses that all MSN students take. They incorporate the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) and QSEN Graduate Competencies (AACN, 2012).  
    NURS 500Confronting issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments 
    NURS 502Advanced ethical Decision Making in Health Care 
    NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare  
    RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics 
    RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research  
    MS Sequence 
    These include interdisciplinary courses with similar content to the NURS counterpart courses.  
    HSAD 530Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources 
    HSAD 505Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy 
    IPS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare 
    RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics 
    RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research 
    Total Credits for MSN Degree46.0
    Total Credits for MS Degree48.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • For nurses pursuing an MSN: Your BSN must be from an institution accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
    • Nurses with a non-nursing BS may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program (coming soon) to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently.
    • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed
      • Those with a lower GPA may be considered on an individual basis
    • While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of your recommender
    • Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
    • Resume
    • For nurses pursuing an MSN: Copy of your current U.S. Registered Nurse license
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    An admissions interview may be required


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $940 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1044 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the MS/MSN Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare

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