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.​​​​

CPPS Review Courses

​Date ​Format ​Fees and Registration
November 15 – 16, 2023
12 PM – 4 PM ET

​​    Live webinar
​          Register now
You can also take the CPPS Review Course on demand whenever you like. Details​ here.


Erin Graydon Baker.pngErin Graydon Baker, MS, RRT, CPPS is a retired Patient Safety and Risk Management Professional. She is a registered respiratory therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. She transitioned from her position as Director for Respiratory Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to begin a career in Patient Safety in 1999 as the Education Director for the Boston Center for Medical Simulation. After 3 years in teaching medical personnel about medical errors at the Simulation Center, Erin continued her work in Patient Safety as the Director for Patient Safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then as Program Director for Patient Safety across the Partners Hospital System. After moving to Maine, she spent a year as the lead for Quality and Patient Safety at York Hospital and several years as Director for Risk Management and Patient Safety at Maine Medical Center. In 2019, she joined MaineHealth Integrated Quality and Safety Department as the Clinical Risk Manager to help drive safety and mitigate risk throughout the MaineHealth system. She retired from this role in December of 2022 but remains as faculty for the IHI and member Emeritus in the Northern New England Society for Risk Management. She has her Respiratory Therapy degree from Northeastern University and her graduate degree in Training and Human Resource Development from Lesley University. Erin participated with 15 other Patient Safety Professionals from across the country in writing the content for the Certification for Professionals in Patient Safety offered by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Erin completed the Advisory Board Fellowship in 2019. She also holds a Lean/6 Sigma Green Belt.

Jonathan B Cohen.pngJonathan 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.

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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.


The application window for this year's scholarships has closed. A new scholarship window will open in May 2024.

Scholarships 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​

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 requirements 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 6,000 health professionals have become certified since the CPPS credential was introduced in 2012. Learn more about certification.​​​​