CPPS Review Courses

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers review courses to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. This course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies.

These courses are not required to pass the certification exam. Participation in any of these courses does not guarantee a passing score on the certification exam.​​​​


  • October 7, 2021, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    Format: Online | Register now
  • February 17, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    Format: Online | Registration coming soon!
  • On Demand | Register now


Regular rate
$395 USD​

IHI Premium Members
$355.50 USD 

IHI Premium Plus Members​
$316​​ USD​

​NEW CPPS Scholarship Program for Nurses: Advancing Equity in Safety Certification

​​​Through the generous support of Medtronic, in recognition of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, sixty scholarships for Black nurses, Indigenous nurses, and nurses of color were made available for the Certified Professional in Patient SafetyTM (CPPS) credentialing program. The majority of the scholarship spots were filled in 2020 and the remaining 17 will be filled this year.

  • ​Additional details about this scholarship available here
  • Application form for one of the remaining scholarships available here

Scholarship application forms are due by September 30, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET.

October 7 CPP​​S Re​​vie​w Cour​​se Agenda​ ​ ​

​Time (all times ET)


​10:00 AM - 10:05 AM​Welcome and introductions
​10:05 AM - 11:10 AM​Culture
​11:10 AM - 12:25 PM​Measuring and improving performance
​12:25 PM - 12:50 PM ​Break
​12:50 PM - 2:05 PM​Patient safety risks and solutions
​2:05 PM - 2:15 PM​Break
​2:15 PM - 3:30 PM​Systems thinking and human factors analysis
​3:30 PM - 3:40 PM ​Break
​3:40 PM - 4:40 PM ​Leadership​
​4:40 PM - 5:00 PM​Q&A and wrap up

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​review course faculty​

Headshot of Dot Snow, MPHDot Snow, MPH, CPPS, CPHQ joined Kaiser Permanente in 1988 and presently serves as Managing Director Health Plan Regulatory Services in Regional Health Plan Utilization Management, Northern California. Dot’s service in Kaiser Permanente spans a variety of areas including research, quality, utilization, pharmacy operations, performance improvement, patient safety, and risk management. Dot currently manages Health Plan utilization management activities within the KP Northern California market. Dot completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley; she became a Certified Professional in Patient Safety in 2012 and a Certified Professional in Health Care Quality in 2019.  ​

Headshot of Kara Lvven, MBAKara Lyven, MBA, CPPS is the Executive Director for Patient Safety at Duke University Hospital. She provides oversight and operational leadership for the hospital’s patient safety program. She works collaboratively with hospital leadership to advance safety culture and the organization’s commitment to zero harm through evolving systems, processes, event analyses and trainings. A key focus of Kara’s professional role is recognizing the interconnectedness of human error, system design and safe choices in every day clinical work. Kara joined Duke in 2016 as a Senior Patient Safety Associate and previously served as the Director of North Carolina Hospital Association’s (NCHA) Patient Safety Organization. She gained extensive experience as a Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Specialist for a 452 bed hospital in upstate NY and has served as a Regulatory Safety Associate at Pfizer in Manhattan. Kara holds a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Studies. In addition to being a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), she is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, is Green Belt trained, and has served on multiple Patient & Family Advisory Committees as a strong patient advocate.

Headshot of Mark Jarrett, MD, MBA​Mark P. Jarrett, MD, MBA, CPPS is Chief Quality Officer of Northwell health. In this role, he is responsible for system-wide initiatives in quality and safety. Dr. Jarrett is also Northwell’s deputy Chief Medical Officer and a Professor of Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He previously served as Chief Medical O​fficer and DIO at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). Prior to that appointment, Dr. Jarrett was Director of Rheumatology at SIUH from 1982-1999. Dr. Jarrett has extensive research experience, and has been published on the subject of the immune response in systemic lupus erythematosus, quality, and cybersecurity in health care. Dr. Jarrett is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, and past president of the Richmond County Medical Society. Dr. Jarrett earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, and a fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Jarrett also holds an MBA from Wagner College and an MS in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. He is also a certified Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP).​

Cancellation Policy​

​​All cancellation requests may be submitted in writing at CPPS@ihi.org​. Requests received 72 hours (3 business days) in advance of the scheduled start time will receive a full refund. Refund requests submitted less than 72 hours (3 business days) in advance of the scheduled start time will be ineligible for a refund.​

About Certification

The CPPS credential distinguishes health care professionals who meet the competency requir​ements in the areas of patient safety science and human factors engineering, and who demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to effectively plan and implement patient safety initiatives.

​More than 3​,000 health professionals have become certified since the CPPS credential was introduced in 2012. Learn more about certification.​​​​