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Master of Patient Safety

Program Overview

If you have a bachelor’s degree and are currently practicing in a healthcare discipline, the Master of Patient Safety program is a great way to build a culture of safety in your workplace while advancing your career. Designed for healthcare professionals, the Master of Patient Safety program addresses the variety of methods through which institutions are enhancing patient safety and reducing error, risk and healthcare costs. Through this 34-credit program, graduates will learn to integrate communication, teamwork, evidence and informatics to improve the culture of safety and reduce the risk of medical error in healthcare organizations.

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Our program consists of ten courses totaling 34 credits and is open to healthcare professionals with a bachelor’s degree in healthcare or a related field. Grounded in the IOM core competencies for health professionals, the Master of Patient Safety program is a smart way to advance one’s career in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and more!

Graduates will be able to:

  • Provide patient-centered care within an interdisciplinary team
  • Emphasize evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics
  • Focus on communication, medical error science, organizational change and leadership to reduce risk and improve patient safety

All professional courses are offered entirely online with one required visit to campus for orientation.


Graduates of the Master of Patient Safety program will assume leadership positions in the area of patient safety and advance their career in clinical and research practice settings. They will also leave MCPHS with the knowledge necessary to participate in and initiate quality improvement programs.

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For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A 2.8+ GPA
  • Minimum of 2 years employment or work experience in a healthcare setting
  • 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.


MSM 701 Introduction to Quality in Healthcare 2
MSM 702 Introduction to Medication Safety 2
MSM 703 Communication & the Team Approach 2
MSM 704 Medication Safety Tools, Analysis and Application 3
MHA XXX Introduction to Health, Policy, and Management 3
MHA XXX Organization and Systems of Healthcare 3
PSM XXX Error Science. Risk Assessment and Disclosure 3
PSM XXX Research in Patient Safety, Quality and Informatics 3
PSM XXX Electives (three courses that can be taken in public health, healthcare administration or regulatory affairs) 9
PSM XXX Patient Safety Capstone/Practicum 4
  Total Semester Credit Hours

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in this program 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, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for spring 2014, complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for fall 2014, please complete the FAFSA after January 1, 2014.


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 June 1 each year for a fall semester start and November 15 each year for a spring 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


Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to apply for the program?

Yes; you must have a bachelor’s degree in healthcare or a related field.

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Do I need to take the GRE or any other entrance exam?

No, this program does not require the GRE or any other exam for admission.

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Is there a minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?

Yes; you must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 or higher for admission to the program.

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

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

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Does this program grant me any additional certifications or licenses upon completion?

No, this program does not provide any additional certifications or licenses, but does grant a master’s degree upon completion.

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How does an online program operate? What is expected of the student?

The student should anticipate spending about three hours per credit hour each week on learning activities. Faculty expects each student to access the course website no less than three times per week. For more information regarding the online education experience, we encourage you to visit our general FAQs section.

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