CPHQ Test Breakdown

CPHQ Exam Content Outline [Infographic]

We can help you pass the CPHQ exam by reviewing the CPHQ exam content outline.  With Mometrix Test Preparation, you can study with lots of practice questions and focus on the topics you need to master. Get the tips you need on your CPHQ test and become a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

CPHQ Certification


CPHQ Test Breakdown Updated

CPHQ Test Plan

Effective January 2018

Exam Administration
CPHQ Examination Length
3 hours to complete
• 140 multiple-choice questions
• 15 pre-test questions which do not count for or against the final score

CPHQ Secrets Study Guide
CPHQ Secrets Study Guide

Distribution of Content for the CPHQ Exam
35 items – Organizational Leadership
• 30 items – Health Data Analytics
• 40 items – Performance and Process Improvement
• 20 items – Patient Safety


Overview of the CPHQ Test Content

1. Organizational Leadership

a. Structure and Integration
• Support organizational commitment to quality
• Participate in organization-wide strategic planning related to quality
• Align quality and safety activities with strategic goals
• Engage stakeholders to promote quality and safety
• Provide consultative support to the governing body and clinical staff regarding their roles and responsibilities
• Facilitate development of the quality structure
• Assist in evaluating or developing data management systems
• Evaluate and integrate external best practices
• Participate in activities to identify and evaluate innovative solutions and practices
• Lead and facilitate change
• Participate in population health promotion and continuum of care activities
• Communicate resource needs to leadership to improve quality
• Recognize quality initiatives impacting reimbursement

b. Regulatory, Accreditation, and External Recognition
• Assist the organization in maintaining awareness of statutory and regulatory requirements
• Identify appropriate accreditation, certification, and recognition options
• Assist with survey or accreditation readiness
• Participate in the process for evaluating compliance with internal and external requirements
• Facilitate communication with accrediting and regulatory bodies

c. Education, Training, and Communication
• Design performance, process, and quality improvement training
• Provide education and training on performance, process, and quality improvement
• Evaluate effectiveness of performance/quality improvement training
• Develop/provide survey preparation training
• Disseminate performance, process, and quality improvement information within the organization

2. Health Data Analytics

a. Design and Data Management
• Maintain confidentiality of performance/quality improvement records and reports
• Design data collection plans
• Participate in identifying or selecting measures
• Assist in developing scorecards and dashboards
• Identify external data sources for comparison
• Collect and validate data

b. Measurement and Analysis
• Use data management systems
• Use tools to display data or evaluate a process

CPHQ Flashcard Study System
CPHQ Flashcard Study System

• Use statistics to describe data
• Use statistical process control
• Interpret data to support decision-making
• Compare data sources to establish benchmarks
• Participate in external reporting


3. Performance and Process Improvement
a. Identifying Opportunities for Improvement
• Facilitate discussion about quality improvement opportunities
• Assist with establishing priorities
• Facilitate development of action plans or projects
• Facilitate implementation of performance improvement methods
• Identify process champions

b. Implementation and Evaluation
• Establish teams, roles, responsibilities, and scope
• Use a range of quality tools and techniques
• Participate in monitoring of project timelines and deliverables
• Evaluate team effectiveness
• Evaluate the success of performance improvement projects
• Document performance and process improvement skills

4. Patient Safety

a. Assessment and Planning
• Assess the organization’s culture of safety
• Determine how technology can enhance the patient safety program
• Participate in risk management assessment activities

b. Implementation and Evaluation
•  Facilitate the ongoing evaluation of safety activities
• Integrate safety concepts
• Participate in safety and risk management activities

CPHQ Certification Resources

  • Official site (link)
  • CPHQ Exam Secrets Study Guide: CPHQ Test Review for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality Exam: (link)
  • CPHQ Review Course (link)
  • CPHQ Exam Flashcard Study System: CPHQ Test Practice Questions & Review for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality Exam: (link)
  • CPHQ Exam Practice Questions: CPHQ Practice Tests & Review for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality Exam: (link)
  • CPHQ Practice Test (link)

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