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Course Description

The NPSF Certified Professional in Patient Safety Online Review Course is a five-module, online course designed to help participants prepare for the CPPS exam by reviewing the domain content areas and test-taking strategies.


Participation in this course will provide learners with the opportunity to:

  • Review the five patient safety domains, following the exam content outline
  • Evaluate patient safety scenario examples similar to actual exam questions
  • Assess their own level of preparedness for the exam and address additional areas for self-study  

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination.


Module Faculty

This course was adapted from a series of live presentations. Original presenters and contributing faculty include:


Dan Degnan, PharmD, MS, CPPS, Senior Project Manager, Center for Medication Safety Advancement, Purdue University College of Pharmacy 


Karen Frush, MD, CPPS, Chief Patient Safety Officer, Duke University Health System 


Karen Garvey, RN, BSN, MPA/HCA, CPHRM, CPPS, Vice President, Quality, Safety &, Performance Improvement, Parkland Hospital & Health System 


Erin Graydon-Baker, MS, RRT, CPPS, Patient Safety Officer Director of Risk Management, Maine Medical Center 

John Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS, Associate Director, Center for Medication Safety Advancement, Purdue University College of Pharmacy 


Regina Hoffman, RN, BSN, MBA, CPHRM, CPPS, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority 

Mark Jarrett, MD, MBA, CPPS, Chief Quality Officer, Northwell Health


Donna Jenkins, RN, MS, CPPS, Patient Safety Staff Specialist, Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality & Safety, Massachusetts General Hospital 


Judy Milne, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, Patient Safety Officer, Duke University Hospital 

Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPPS, Chief Medical Officer, HCA Medical City


Dot Snow, MPH, CPPS, Director, National Risk Management & Patient Safety, Kaiser Permanente

Module Content

Each module in the series addresses one of the five patient safety domains that are included on the CPPS exam.

  1. Culture
  2. Leadership
  3. Patient Safety Risks and Solutions
  4. Measuring and Improving Performance
  5. Systems Thinking and Design / Human Factors

About CPPS Certification


The CPPS credential distinguishes health care professionals who meet the competency requirements in the areas of patient safety science and human factors engineering, and who demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to effectively plan and implement patient safety initiatives.

More than 2,000 health professionals have become certified since the CPPS credential was introduced in 2012.


Continuing Education (CPPS CE) 

This program is approved for six (6) contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of CPPS (Certified Professional in Patient Safety) recertification. 


Recorded Lecture and PowerPoint

Each module contains an audio lecture on the topic, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation that automatically advances as the lecture progresses. Each lecture is approximately 45 minutes in length.

The audio lecture for each module is also provided as a downloadable file, for those preferring to listen without the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint presentation that accompanies the audio lecture as well as a full transcript of the audio are also provided for download and printing.

While the lecture and the PowerPoint are available to be accessed and used individually, the full conveyance of the module content requires that both be reviewed, either together or separately.



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