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Comparing the Online and Five-Day Patient Safety Certificate Programs

Effective patient safety leadership requires more than a passion for preventing harm. To thrive in this role, health care professionals need a robust set of knowledge and tools to improve culture, effect behavior change, and fix broken care delivery systems.

The Armstrong Institute has created two patient safety certificate programs—an online course and a five-day, in-person program—that prepare participants for this critically important work. These offerings are experiential and problem-based, giving learners frequent opportunities to apply the concepts they learn to realistic scenarios. Both have been designed by experts who have driven patient safety improvements at Johns Hopkins, across the United States and internationally.

Two Options for Developing Your Skills

Learners will typically choose just one of these programs, but not both, as these options have some overlapping content.

 Online Patient Safety Certificate5-day Patient Safety Certificate Program


Designed to help health care professionals lead patient safety efforts, this program delves into core patient safety concepts, as well as tools and strategies for mitigating hazards and sustaining change. The engaging curriculum gives learners frequent opportunities to apply lessons to problem-solve in true-to-life scenarios.

This in-person program covers the same concepts as the online certificate, while taking a deeper dive into methods for fixing hazards and sustaining change. Participants learn from one another while interacting with experts who have driven patient safety improvements at Johns Hopkins, across the United States and internationally.


Online onlyIn-person


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13 modules24 modules


Self-paced program taken anywhere and anytime. Requires about 18.5 hours to completeFive consecutive days of training led by Johns Hopkins experts


Apply concepts to realistic scenarios
  • Problem-solving in a "sandbox" environment that allows testing solutions with peers
  • Networking with peers and Johns Hopkins instructors


18.5 Continuing Medical Education Credits available. (Credits approved for Maintenance of Certification by American Board of Medical Specialization)29.5 Continuing Nursing Education Credits available


  • $400 per participant
  • Discounts for groups of 25 or more
  • Free for Johns Hopkins employees. A fee of $36.75 fee applies for Johns Hopkins participants seeking CME credits. Register via MyLearning.
  • $3,495 per participant
  • Group discount: 20 percent off for 3 or more
  • Free for Johns Hopkins Medicine employees, but seats are limited. Email to request a seat. 
 Learn more about the online programLearn more about the 5-day program

Who Should Participate

These patient safety training programs are designed for anyone who would benefit from training in the core competencies and skills needed to guide and participate in patient safety improvement efforts. That includes:

  • Unit- and clinic-level leaders and safety champions
  • Patient safety officers
  • Nurse managers
  • Medical directors
  • Risk managers
  • Quality improvement professionals
  • Vice presidents of medical affairs
  • Individuals moving into a safety oversight role
  • Faculty in the health care professions


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