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HQ Principles Course: Fundamentals for Healthcare Quality and Safety Professionals

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is excited to offer once again, the online HQ Principles Course: Fundamentals for Healthcare Quality and Safety Professionals. This is a self-paced, online course through the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) to assist frontline quality staff in South Dakota Critical Access Hospitals with quality certificate. This opportunity is made possible through the South Dakota Flex Grant for quality professionals at South Dakota Critical Access Hospitals at no cost.

HQ Principles is an on-demand certificate program that instills key learnings about quality and patient safety to healthcare professionals and leaders. Participants must complete the course by May 31, 2023.

The program, which takes approximately five hours to complete, provides a clear understanding of healthcare quality through six learning modules:


  1. The Evolution of Healthcare Quality
  2. Principles of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  3. Quality Improvement Processes and Methods
  4. Using Data to Make Decisions
  5. Teamwork at All Levels (Stakeholders)
  6. Putting IT ALL TOGETHER: Driving Quality into the Future

Upon completing the modules and passing the post-test, you will earn an HQ Principles certificate. This certificate validates your knowledge and understanding of patient safety and quality of care as well as key principles, tools and methodologies needed for quality improvement. This program is approved for 5.75 nursing contact hours.


  • Individuals new to healthcare quality
  • Individuals with newly added responsibilities in healthcare quality
  • Healthcare quality leaders seeking quality-focused education for their team

Click here to register for the class.

Once you register, you will receive and email from Klari Carlson, SDAHO’s Office Assistant, with information on how to log into the class.

The project/publication/ program and website are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $136,374 The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the US Government. 

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