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Healthcare Risk Management Online for Florida Residents

The University of Florida Healthcare Risk Management Pre-Licensure program is designed to prepare working professionals in healthcare, law or insurance services to enter the field of healthcare risk management and patient safety.

Job opportunities exist as self-employed consultants and as employees in healthcare facilities. Healthcare, law, and insurance professionals each have unique knowledge and experience. These courses bridge the gap between that knowledge and the healthcare risk management role.

Salary: Salaries for a Risk Management Director can vary depending on the size of the medical facility, location and experience. As of August 2014, reports that, the median annual income for a Risk Management Director is $107,637.00. For more details view the full-report.

Note: If you are seeking to become a Florida Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager you should first determine if you are eligible by contacting the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration at (888) 419-3456. You may also want to visit the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) website.



Kenneth R. Nanni, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenneth Nanni is the overall faculty coordinator for all of the courses associated with the Health Care Risk Management and Patient Safety Graduate and Pre-Licensure Programs. He received his undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida, his Doctorate Degree in Social & Systemic Studies from Nova Southeastern University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. His research interests are in the areas of clinical risk management, patient safety, alternative dispute resolution and public policy. He has worked in a variety of settings within the health care field including acute care, managed care, long term care and he currently serves as an affiliate clinical associated professor. Dr. Nanni is a Licensed Health Care Risk Manager in the State of Florida, a former board member for the Florida Society of Health Care Risk Management/Patient Safety, and an active member of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management.

Patricia Ann Bemis, RN CEN LHRM

Patricia Ann Bemis is a registered nurse licensed as a Health Care Risk Manager in the state of Florida. She has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry. Bemis is the president of the National Nurses in Business Association and the recipient of the 100 Great Nurses Award presented by the Florida Nurses Association. She is an experienced national speaker and a leader in the field of nurse entrepreneurship and the area of healthcare employees and the law.

Bemis teaches on-site classes for hospitals that prepare nurses for the emergency nursing certification exam. Forensic nursing science and liability issues are included in all her educational products. For example, she teaches emergency nurses how to implement the clinical aspects of forensic nursing science in the emergency department and avoid liability issues Her experience includes working with the medical examiner during autopsy, legal defense counsel on personal injury and workers' compensation claims, and in several other areas of legal nursing.


  • Risk Management Handbook for Healthcare Organizations, 2nd Edition: ISBN: 978-0470300176 (currently available through You can find copies of this book new and used by searching with the ISBN number through these websites: BookFinder4u,


Withdrawal Policy

A tuition refund will be granted after written request for withdrawal from a course within 30 days of enrollment. This request must be in writing, and may be sent by fax, email, or U.S. mail. All requests will receive written responses. Refunds will be the amount of tuition, less a $100.00 processing charge. Allow four to six weeks for refund checks. No refunds are granted after 30 days.

Course Duration

For the 120 hour course you have 1 year from the day you receive your log in instructions to complete the course.