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  1. What is the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum?
  2. What are the benefits of taking the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum?
  3. What is the ASPPS member cost for the Curriculum?
  4. What is the nonmember cost for the Curriculum?
  5. How do I log in to the course?
  6. How long does it take to complete the modules?
  7. Who are the faculty?
  8. Is there a quiz?
  9. What is a passing score?
  10. How many times can I take a quiz?
  11. Is there a time limit for completing all 10 modules?
  12. Can I complete the modules in any order?
  13. How do I access the supplemental materials, including the essential and recommended readings?
  14. How do I get continuing education (CE) credits?
  15. How do I get continuing medical education (CME) credits?
  16. When will I get my CE/CME certificate?  
  17. Will the Curriculum prepare me for the Certification for Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) certification exam?
  18. How do I share my feedback on the Curriculum?
 

1. What is the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum?

The NPSF Patient Safety Curriculum is a 10-module, online course intended to equip the learner with the foundational knowledge necessary to understand the context, key principles, and competencies associated with the discipline of patient safety, and how these tenets and skills are applied in everyday practice. It takes the learner through the history of the patient safety movement, describes the science and disciplines used in this work, presents current best practices, and outlines strategies for overcoming barriers to safe care. The modules are aligned with educational standards for patient safety competencies and are anchored by didactic audio/PowerPoint lectures given by NPSF board members and members of the Lucian Leape Institute at NPSF. The modules also include reading materials, videos, and module quizzes to focus learners on key patient safety principles. This knowledge is imperative for those working in, or in partnership with, the health care system of today.
 

2. What are the benefits of taking the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum?

The Curriculum will equip the learner with the foundational knowledge necessary to understand the context, key principles and competencies associated with the discipline of patient safety, and how these tenets and skills are applied in everyday practice.

This knowledge is imperative for those working in, or in partnership with, the health care system of today.

Learners can receive continuing medical education (CME) credits or continuing education (CE) credits while enhancing their patient safety knowledge at a schedule of their convenience from their home, office, or other remote location.
 

3. What is the ASPPS member cost for the Curriculum?

Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) can purchase the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum at a discounted price of $199.00. Member discounts will only apply if you are logged into the website with your assigned member username.

Click here for assistance with your username or password.
Click here to learn more about ASPPS membership.
 

4. What is the nonmember cost for the Curriculum?

The cost of the Curriculum for those who are not members of ASPPS is $399.00. Before nonmembers can use a credit card to purchase the course, they will still need to register a username on our website.

Click here to register for a nonmember username and password.
 

5. How do I log in to the course?

Go to www.npsf.org
Click “Member Login” at the top right corner of the page
Enter your username and password
Click “Online Learning Center”
Under “Available Courses” on the right, click “Patient Safety Curriculum”
From this page you may open and review the modules (lectures, PowerPoints, recommended readings) at your convenience
To take a quiz, click the link below “Quizzes and Continuing Education Information” on the right
 

6. How long does it take to complete the modules?

Each module in the Curriculum takes approximately one hour to complete. However, there is no time limit for completing all 10 modules and you are free to exit the Curriculum and return at any time.
 

7. Who are the faculty?

To review the faculty that contributed to each module in the Curriculum, click here. Each faculty name is a link that directs you to a brief biography.
 

8. Is there a quiz?

Each module contains a quiz to test the learner on the content and against the stated learning objectives. Each quiz has 20 or fewer multiple choice questions. They are intended to help assess the learner’s command of the content and indicate where further study might be needed.
 

9. What is a passing score?

A score of 80% or higher is required on each of all 10 quizzes in order to be eligible for a certificate of completion or to apply for continuing education credits.
 

10. How many times can I take a quiz?

Quizzes may be retaken as many times as desired during the time the Curriculum is available in order for the learner to continue to use the materials until the content is mastered.
 

11. Is there a time limit for completing all 10 modules?

There is no time limit for completing all 10 modules. The Curriculum is designed to be self-paced and able to be used at the convenience of the learner.  Access to the Curriculum does not expire.
 

12. Can I complete the modules in any order?

The 10 modules that comprise the Curriculum are intended to be taken sequentially, but the learner is not precluded from taking them in order of preference.
 

13. How do I access the supplemental materials, including the essential and recommended readings?

Accessibility of the essential and recommended reading varies. Some are open access and available via direct link. Others require payment or subscription to the publishing journal.
 

14. How do I get continuing education (CE) credits?

Click here for more information on Continuing Education credits.
 

15. How do I get continuing medical education (CME) credits?

Click here for more information on Continuing Medical Education credits.
 

16. When will I get my CE/CME certificate?

CE certificates will be available immediately for you to print or save to your computer.
CME certificates will arrive by mail in 10-14 days.
 

17. Will the Curriculum prepare me for the Certification for Professionals in Patient Safety (CPPS) certification exam?

The NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum is not intended for use as preparation for the Certification for Professionals in Patient Safety (CPPS) certification exam. The Curriculum is intended to equip the learner with the foundational knowledge necessary to understand the context, key principles, and competencies associated with the discipline of patient safety, and how these tenets and skills are applied in everyday practice.

CPPS Exam Preparation: To prepare for the CPPS certification exam, it is recommended that candidates review the resource list as well as take the self-assessment exam. To learn more about the self-assessment exam, visit www.cbpps.org/practice-exam.

While taking the self-assessment exam does not guarantee passing the certification exam, CBPPS data indicate that people who take it do score higher on the CPPS exam.
 

18. How do I share my feedback on the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum?

To share your feedback on the Curriculum, contact us at info@npsf.org or through our website contact form.
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