Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety

How to Apply

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This is an on-site program in Philadelphia, PA. Students must be currently working in a healthcare setting. We are not accepting international students at this time. Reach out to chips@pennmedicine.upenn.edu with questions.

All applicants will be required to submit the following materials:

An updated CV detailing your relevant education and experience.

A one-page description of your career goals that includes a description of how the HQS certificate program meets your educational objectives.

Your personal statement should include the following:

  • A brief summary of your background and current role in healthcare
  • A description of why you are interested in the program and how you feel the program could advance your professional career goals
  • Consider sharing one or more examples of improvement opportunities in your environment that you would like to work on in the program (optional)

Unofficial transcripts from all past undergraduate and graduate degrees.

*If any of your degrees were received from outside of the United States, you will be required to submit Evaluated Transcripts in place of Unofficial Transcripts. In the application homepage, please choose “Certifile” to send your Evaluated Transcripts.

Two letters of recommendations are required from individuals who can speak to your academic or professional preparation and experience.

For applicants who are part of a training program, please include one letter of recommendation from your program director and one from a leader in quality and safety in your division/department.

Please notify your letter writers of the LoR deadline (same as application deadline).

  • Physician Fellows applications – 11/30/2022
  • All other applicants – 3/1/2023


There is a $75 application fee through the online application interface, which accepts credit cards.

Tuition Information

Costs listed below reflect the 2021-2022 academic year for HQS courses per CU. The Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety is 4CUs total (3 required HQS CUs).
0.5 CU 1 CU 2 CU 3 CU
Tuition $2,598 $5,196 $10,392 $15,588
General Fee $221 $442 $884 $1,776
Technology Fee $94 $188 $376 $564
Clinical Fee $324
Total $2,913 $5,826 $11,652 $18,252

Visit Student and Financial Services to view the cost of electives outside of HQS.

Employees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and CHOP may be eligible for tuition benefits. If you are employed outside of the above named institution,  please refer to your employee handbook.

University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and CHOP Tuition Benefits Tip Sheet

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Tuition Assistance Guide

Penn CHIPS Health Equity Improvement Scholarship for Trainees
Program Start Date: July 2023

Deadline extended until 1/31/2023

Click here to access the RFA.


Department of Medicine HQS Scholarship for Fellows
Program Start Date: July 2023

Deadline: 11/30/2022

Click here to access the RFA.

Deadline: March 1, 2023

For new applicants only. Click here for more information.