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

    The MSN in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare provides nurses with the skills needed to lead organizational efforts that improve and monitor quality metrics, improve safety for both patients and staff, and manage risks in a dynamic healthcare and nursing environment.

    This interdisciplinary patient safety and healthcare quality master of science in nursing program is designed for nurses seeking to develop essential competencies to assess, monitor, and improve healthcare outcomes in community-based care delivery settings, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations.

    Upon graduation, you will be able to:

    • Apply a legal and ethical framework of healthcare delivery
    • Further the role of the quality, safety, and risk management professional in the healthcare 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
    • 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 healthcare and humanity through communication, collaboration, and education

    Program Features

    • Designed for nurses 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 nursing, law, quality, patient safety, and risk management 
    • Interdisciplinary structure, offering the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively as you would in practice
    • A highly-interactive online learning method that challenges and engages while remaining convenient for working nurses 
    • 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
    • Three-year tuition lock for those who complete the program within 3 years 

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    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.

    The plan of study is designed with 1-2 courses per quarter. Graduate students who utilize student loans (FAFSA) have to maintain a minimum enrollment of 4.5 credits for a term or two courses per Quarter.

    MSN Core Courses  
    NURS 500 Confronting Issues in Contemporary Healthcare Environments  
    NURS 502 Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Healthcare  
    NURS 544 Quality and Safety in Healthcare   
    RSCH 503 Research Methods and Biostatistics  
    RSCH 504 Evaluation and Translation of Health Research   
    Track Courses  
    IPS 501 Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation  
    IPS 504 Regulations in Healthcare  
    IPS 505 Healthcare Quality and the Legal Context  
    IPS 506 HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy  
    IPS 584 Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality  
    IPS 585 Science of Safety, Human Factors, and Systems Thinking  
    IPS 586 Creating a Culture of Safety  
    IPS 601 Quality, Safety, and Risk Management Capstone   
    Total Credits 46.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
      • 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 bachelor's may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program (coming Fall 2017) to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently, or apply to the RN to MSN Bridge Program.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 
      • Those with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on their resume for evaluation
    • 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
    • Copy of your current U.S. Registered Nurse license
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    An admissions interview may be required

    Tuition

    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 program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • 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.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees

     

    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term

    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

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