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Graduate Certificate in Medication Safety Program

Program Overview

Do you have a bachelor’s degree and are currently practicing in a healthcare discipline? Have you ever thought of incorporating and promoting a culture of safety in your work place? Then the Graduate Certificate in Medication Safety program might be a good fit for you! Designed to educate professionals to understand fundamental concepts and tools that will guide them in developing initiatives in medication safety at their practice settings, this 12-credit program is a stepping stone to the Master of Patient Safety program at MCPHS Online.

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Our program consists of five courses totaling 12 credits. The graduate certificate program is open to applicants who wish to pursue advanced study without a commitment to a master’s degree program. This certificate complements those healthcare professionals practicing medicine, pharmacy and nursing to name a few!

Earn your medication safety certificate from MCPHS University and you will be:

  • Able to critically assess the medication use process and identify problematic areas having the potential for error and patient harm;
  • Equipped with the tools necessary for constructing an action plan to promote the safe use of medications in your practice settings;
  • Knowledgeable in how to create a “culture of safety,” aligning medication safety plans with the goals of the organization, learning from defects in medication-related processes, incorporating human and environmental factors to reduce medication error and adverse events, and effectively implementing change.


Graduates of our Certificate in Medication Safety program will assume leadership positions in the area of medication safety and advance their careers in clinical and research practice settings. They will also leave MCPHS University with the knowledge necessary to participate in and initiate quality improvement programs.

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Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Employment or work experience in a healthcare setting preferred
  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based) or 550 (written) for all candidates for whom English is not their primary language.


MSM701 Introduction to Quality Healthcare
MSM702 Introduction to Medication Safety
MSM703 Communication and the Team Approach
MSM704 Medication Safety Tools, Analysis and Application
MSM705 Longitudinal Application Project
  Total Semester Credit Hours

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in all graduate degree programs at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information about how to fund your MCPHS University education, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729. Graduate certificate students are not eligible to receive federal aid.


Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is November 15 each year for a spring semester start and June 1 for a fall semester start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

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Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.


Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions


If I do not have a professional degree in a healthcare-related field, would I still be able to sign up for the certificate program?

We value experience in any healthcare-related setting and would encourage you to contact the Admission Office for consideration.

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May I sign up for specific courses without pursuing the certificate program?

Yes; we welcome enrollment is any course except the Longitudinal Application Project.

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How much healthcare-related work experience is required to be eligible to apply for the certificate program?

We value any healthcare-related experience and encourage you to contact the Admission Office for consideration.

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Am I required to go into the master’s program after completing the certificate program?

No. However, completed certificate program courses may be applied towards the master’s program curriculum if the applicant chooses to pursue such opportunity.

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