Program Overview

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a Graduate Certificate in Medication Safety Program. This program is offered to students who already have their bachelor’s degree and are presently practicing in a health care discipline. The program is for students interested in incorporating and encouraging a tradition of safety in their own workplace.

The Certificate in Medication Safety program is a full 12-credit hours and is a building block for those interested in a Masters in Patient Safety Program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science. The program is intended to help teach professionals the main ideas and concepts about medication safety. Students will gain the tools needed to develop and practice these concepts.

The program has a total of five classes that total 12 credits. This graduate certificate program is mainly open to students who are interested in advancing their studies, without committing to a full masters degree program. The program works along side with other health care professionals that are practicing medicine, pharmacy and nursing and many more.

A few benefits about completing the medication safety certificate include the following: ability to critically assess the medication use process and recognize issue areas that have the chance for error. Students will also gain the tools necessary to assemble a plan to endorse the safe use of medications in their practice settings.  Finally, students will have the knowledge to create a “culture of safety,” which are safety plans combined with the goals of the individual organization.

Graduates from the Medication Safety Program at Massachusetts College will most likely hold leadership positions in medication safety. They will also have the opportunity to advance in the individual careers.  Participating in quality improvement programs is also an option for graduates.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    Students must have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Employment or work experience in a health care setting preferred.

    School Overview

    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a four-year private school located in Boston, Massachusetts. The College was founded by pharmacists in 1823, which makes it the oldest institution of higher education in the entire city of Boston and the second-oldest college of pharmacy in the United States. The online campus provides online courses that students can take from home and have a course experience that is similar to on-campus instruction. Online courses utilized discussion boards, voice/video enabled sessions, and email access.

    MCPHS is one of the few private, freestanding colleges in the United States specializing in the education of health professionals. The school offers certificates of completion, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. 


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