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.​​​​

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Upcoming CPPS Review CoursEs

​Date ​Format ​Fees and Registration

December 13, 2022
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

​Live webinar

​IHI Forum 2022 Online

Register now

You can also take the CPPS Review Course on demand whenever you like. Learn more.


​​Sheri Herner headshot photoDot 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.

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Kara 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.


Jonathan Cohen, MD, MS, FASA, CPPS is an Associate Member in the Department of Anesthesiology at Moffitt Cancer Center. He is board-certified in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine and holds a Master of Science degree in Patient Safety Leadership. He has been the patient safety officer of the anesthesiology department since 2012 and has led several safety initiatives aimed at improving the response to crisis events in the operating room, improving communication between members of the anesthesia care team, and improving the treatment of opioid overdose. Dr. Cohen has been the recipient of Moffitt’s Excellence in Safety Award for two consecutive years. He has been an invited speaker on the topics of patient safety and naloxone administration at several national meetings, including the annual meetings of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Dr. Cohen is currently a member of the ASA Patient Safety Editorial Board and the ASA Committee on Patient Safety and Education and serves as a faculty member of the Patient Safety Leadership Graduate Program at the University of Illinois Chicago.


All 20 of our scholarships have been awarded for 2022. We will offer new scholarships next year that include full coverage for the fees of:
  • Online CPPS Review Course
  • CPPS Practice Exam
  • CPPS credentialing exam
Any professional working in or around health care who is able to demonstrate need is encouraged to apply. Applicants must also possess academic and professional experience at one of the following levels:
  • Baccalaureate degree or higher, plus three years of experience (includes time spent in clinical rotations and residency programs) in a health care setting or with a provider of services to the health care industry
  • Associate degree or equivalent plus five years of experience (includes time spent in clinical rotations) in a health care setting or with a provider of services to the health care industry​
For details about these scholarships and to apply, please visit our application webpage.

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 5​​,000 health professionals have become certified since the CPPS credential was introduced in 2012. Learn more about certification.​​​​