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NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum Accepted for Maintenance of CJCP® Certification

Tuesday, October 7, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Program accepted as continuing education for Certified Joint Commission Professionals

Boston, MA, October 7, 2014—The NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum, a 10-module, self-paced educational program, has been reviewed and accepted by Joint Commission Resources (JCR) as a continuing education activity in support of maintenance of the Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP®) credential.

Joint Commission Resources, which oversees the CJCP credentialing program, is an affiliate of The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations in the United States. The Joint Commission sets rigorous quality and safety standards for a variety of health settings and conducts periodic surveys to ensure that the standards are being met.

Currently, there are 205 individuals holding the CJCP credential who have a proven understanding of Joint Commission hospital accreditation standards and the survey process. Similar to other certification programs, the CJCP program requires professionals to participate in continuing education activities in order to maintain their certification. CJCPs must obtain 30 hours of continuing education within a three-year period, with 20 hours derived from education activities provided by Joint Commission Resources. The remaining 10 hours may now be acquired through other approved education activities. The NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum was accepted by JCR for 10.0 hours toward CJCP recertification. Credit hours will be awarded only to those who have achieved this certification. Hours will not be awarded retroactively.

“JCR convened a committee of experts to review external education programs for eligibility to fulfill continuing CJCP education maintenance requirements. The committee determined the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum meets the very specific educational requirements of our program,” said Cathy Hinckley, PhD, executive director, Publications & Education, Joint Commission Resources. “We are pleased that Certified Joint Commission Professionals will have this option for continuing education as they plan for maintenance of their certification credential.”

The NPSF Curriculum is intended to equip learners 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. The program provides background and essential knowledge about the science of patient safety; systems thinking and design; measurement and outcomes; risk management; policy and regulatory matters; and other relevant topics. The content includes lectures and presentations by a distinguished and multidisciplinary faculty. More than a thousand health professionals from a diverse range of disciplines have participated in the NPSF Curriculum since it was introduced in 2012.

“We are very pleased that Joint Commission Resources has approved the NPSF Curriculum for CJCP recertification requirements,” said NPSF President Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS. “NPSF and The Joint Commission have been working toward the same goal—safer health care—for a very long time now, so the NPSF Patient Safety Curriculum is a very relevant resource for professionals focusing on Joint Commission standards.”

To learn more about the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum, visit


About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


About Joint Commission Resources

Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Please visit our Web site at


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