» Master of Science in Patient Safety Program

The Master of Science in Patient Safety (M.S.P.SAF.) is a 4-semester hybrid program that provides advanced didactic education and experiential simulation training in both an online and in-person format, to advance professionals as patient safety experts and leaders.

Patient safety is an increasingly complex growing field in the evolving health care system. All institutions involved in patient care are at risk of adverse events that may cause harm to patients. Patient Quality and Safety Officers exist in a variety of healthcare roles ensuring high-quality care. Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of career opportunities in health care, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, public organizations, contract research organizations, consulting firms, and various organizations.

The School of Pharmacy is located on Chapman’s Rinker Health Science Campus, in beautiful Irvine, California.  Our location in Orange County provides unique opportunities for students to network with numerous nearby health care organizations and companies. Southern California is a hub for the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, and health care organizations. As of December 2018, there were 523 hospitals in California; 37 are in Orange County. Orange County is the #1 U.S. county by the number of employees in the health field and #2 for the number of medical equipment and supplies manufacturing establishments (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). There are a substantial number of patient safety positions and job opportunities in Southern California.

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Admission & Application Information

Application Deadlines 

Fall 2020 - Term begins late August 2020 

Apply to Master of Science in Patient Safety Program for Fall 2020 through the Chapman University Graduate Application. 

  • Priority Consideration: June 1, 2020 
  • Regular Deadline: June 30, 2020 

* Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Spring 2021 - Term begins early January 2021 

PharmGrad application portal will open in late August for 2021 admissions. 

  • Priority Consideration: November 1, 2020
  • Regular Deadline: November 30, 2020
* Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

 

How to Apply


Our Graduate Application is available here.
Application Requirements: 

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college or international university in one of the following subjects:
    • Sciences, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, dentistry, or related areas
    • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in other areas will be considered if the applicant demonstrates work experience and excellent achievements related to the Patient Safety and Health Care.
  • Preferred applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities. 
  • A copy of the official transcript from the bachelor’s degree-granting institution.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae including relevant experience 
  • A personal statement of approximately 500 words which includes:
    • Your interest in the MS in Patient Safety program at Chapman 
    • Your research goals 
    • Your career goals 
    • Your professional, academic, research, and extracurricular achievements.

 

Additional Information for International Students 

  • Transcripts – Applicants submitting transcripts from foreign universities must submit transcripts in the native language as well as an English translation. 
  • English Proficiency Exam – International applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the CAE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA.

    English proficiency minimum score requirement must be met before an application will be considered.

    Minimum Score Requirements
      • CAE = 180
      • IELTS = 6.5
      • PTEA = 53
      • TOEFL = 550 (paper–based) or 80 (internet–based).
        • Chapman University School of Pharmacy school code for TOEFL is 4047

    Applicants with low English proficiency score must retake exam to reach minimum requirement before submitting application.

    • Unofficial English Proficiency exam results submitted with application must include Student Test ID Number.
    • Student must notify test agency to allow Chapman University access official score.
  • An English proficiency examination is not required from international applicants with a bachelor's degree or higher from a university in the United States or in another country where English is the primary official language. 

 

Ways to Learn More: 

If you have any questions, please contact intladmit@chapman.edu 

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Patient Safety degree requires completion of at least 30 credits. These include 18 credits of core courses, at least 9 credits of elective courses, and 3 credits of thesis or capstone project 

A program of study is developed individually in consultation with the student's mentor and is designed to ensure expertise in the student’s principal field. This will present students with the opportunity, under the supervision of the program advisor, to tailor their academic program to prepare them for the career path of their choice. 

 

Core Courses (18 credits) 

PHS 670 

Fundamentals of Patient Safety and Health Care Quality 

3 

PHS 671 

Patient Safety Culture 

3 

PHS 672 

Organizational Leadership for Patient Safety 

3 

PHS 673 

Methods for Risk Assessment and Evaluation 

3 

PHS 674 

Patient Safety Assessment and Planning 

3 

PHS 675 

Patient Safety Programs Implementation 

3 

Elective Courses (minimum 9 credits) 

PHS 677

Methods for Evaluation of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Programs 

3 

PHS 678 

Medication Safety 

3 

PHS 676 

Health Information Technology and Patient Safety 

3 

PHS 625 

US Regulatory Framework. FDA Regulatory Pathways and Options 

3 

PHS 640 

US Nonclinical and Clinical Regulation of Biomedical Products 

3 

PHS 602 

Drug Discovery and Development 

3 

PHS 612 

Advanced Principles of Drug Action 

4 

PHS 614 

Biologics 

2 

PHS 615 

Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics 

3 

PHS 621 

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Process 

3 

PHS 631 

Medical Diagnostics 

3 

PHS 632 

Medical Devices 

3 

PHS 651 

Quality System for Development and Manufacturing Drugs 

3 

PHS 661 

Biomedical Market Access, Pricing and Reimbursement 

3 

PHS 662 

Economic Evaluation of Health Care Services and Products 

3 

PHS 690 

Internship  

3 

PHS 701 

Research  

1-3 

PHS 702 

Research Methods 

1 

Thesis or Non-Thesis Option (3 credits) 
One of the following

PHS 696 

Capstone 

3 

PHS 698 

Thesis 

3 

 

M.S. in Patient Safety Program Learning Outcomes 

  1. Expresses foundational knowledge of the elements of the patient safety sciences, including current research literature, policies and procedures, and methodology.
  2. Understands patient safety sciences by exploring and applying new ideas to current research. 
  3. Effectively communicate scientific principles, ideas, and research results with different audiences.

Why Choose CUSP?

CUSP will provide students with a solid foundation in an integrated and interdisciplinary program within the patient safety science and practice that combines: 

  • Comprehensive education and training to include strong foundational knowledge, current practices, ethics, and regulatory issues related to patient safety. 
  • Leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship in patient safety through didactic course work, simulation and active-learning internships.
  • Course work and simulation that broadens the trainees’ background to enhance career opportunities in the industry.
  • The School of Pharmacy's location in Irvine, Orange County, CA, provides unique opportunities for students to network with nearby health care organizations and companies. Orange County is a hub for the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, and health care organizations. There were 523 hospitals in California and 37 in Orange County in Dec 2018. Orange County is the 1st US county by the number of employees and 2nd by the number of medical equipment and supplies manufacturing establishments (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). There is a substantial number of patient safety positions and job openings in Orange, California and the US.
  • Ranked #125 out 399 top-tier universities in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report, Chapman offers students personalized educational opportunities and a world-class faculty. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the career opportunities in patient safety? 

Patient safety is growing field. All institutions involved in patient care use are at risk of adverse events that may cause harm to patients. Patient quality and safety officers exist in a variety of healthcare roles. Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of career opportunities in health care, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industry, public organizations, contract research organizations, and consulting firms, among other organizations. 

The School of Pharmacy's location in beautiful Irvine, Orange County, CA, provides unique opportunities for students to network with nearby health care organizations and companies. Orange County is a hub for the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, and health care organizations. There were 523 hospitals in California and 37 in Orange County in Dec 2018. Orange County is the 1st US county by the number of employees and 2nd by the number of medical equipment and supplies manufacturing establishments (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). There is a substantial number of patient safety positions and job openings in California and the U.S. 

 

Does MS program require accreditation? 

No, there are no requirements for accreditation, certification, or licensing associated with the MSPS degree. Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. 

 

What are the admission requirements? 

  • Please see Admission & Application Information Section above. 

 

I do not have a bachelor’s degree in sciences, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, or dentistry. Can I still apply for this program? 

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in other areas will be considered if the applicant demonstrates work experience and excellent achievements related to the Patient Safety and Health Care.

When can I enroll in the program? 

Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters. 

 

Can I transfer from another program into the Chapman’s MSPS program? 

Transfer will be considered on a case-by-case basis if the curriculum requirements are met. 

 

What is the cost of the program? 

There are Fall and Spring semesters in a year. Please visit the Chapman University Tuition & Fees Information page for detailed information on Rinker Campus Graduate Programs. Textbooks are provided by the program for most classes. Students are responsible for their own housing and other related expenses. 

 

Is there any financial assistance or tuition waiver plans? 

The University’s financial aid office can provide more comprehensive information on other forms of federal, state or private funding: (714) 997-6741 or gradfinaid@chapman.edu. 

 

Is the School of Pharmacy on the Chapman University Campus in Orange, CA? 

No. CUSP is located on the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. The campus is 15 miles south of the Chapman Campus at 9401 Jeronimo Rd. CUSP is conveniently located 1.5 miles east of the I-5 Freeway, off of Alton Parkway, and within 2 miles of the Irvine Spectrum. 

 

Is there student housing near the School of  Pharmacy? 

Currently, there is no official Chapman student housing near CUSP. However, there are several apartment complexes within a few miles of the Rinker Health Science Irvine campus. A list of local apartment complexes, housing options, and other related resources is available on the CUSP Housing page 

 

Can I apply for the Pharm.D. program after I finish the MS in Patient Safety program? 

Yes, students who have completed the MS in Patient Safety program can apply for the Pharm.D. program. They must fulfill the Pharm.D admission and pre-requisite requirements like all other applicants.