Nursing Informatics Certification and Certificate Program Information

Nursing informatics provides healthcare professionals with the technical skills to develop and manage information systems for nursing practice. One program commonly offered is a Nursing Informatics Certificate program.

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Essential Information

Nursing informatics certificate programs introduce nurses and nursing students to the clinical information systems used in healthcare. This educational option is most commonly offered as either a credit or non-credit certificate. Students explore healthcare information technologies, human-computer interface design, policy-creation guidelines, project management, healthcare information distribution and nursing statistics. The primary goal of these programs is to teach registered nurses to act as liaisons between licensed physicians and information technology specialists. Board certification may be offered to registered nurses who have completed a sufficient number of nursing informatics continuing education units. Prerequisites include having professional clinical experience.


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Nursing Informatics Certification

Courses included in a nursing informatics certificate program combine advanced computer science with nursing and healthcare systems. Such courses might include:

  • Healthcare delivery systems
  • Information systems management
  • Clinical information systems
  • Consumer health informatics
  • Information technology and project management
  • Nursing informatics practicum

Popular Career Options

Registered nurses who are trained in informatics can go on to positions in healthcare which may include:

  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Nursing informatics consultant
  • Coordinator of nursing information systems
  • Clinical informatics officer
  • Project director for nursing informatics

Career Outlook and Salary Info

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides career-related data for registered nurses in general, and it predicts that job openings for RNs should grow by 16% from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). As of May 2015, the BLS reported that the median salary for registered nurses was $67,490.

Certification Options

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a branch of the American Nurses Association, offers Registered Nurse, Board Certified credentials (RN-BC) for nursing informatics professionals who pass a computer-based examination. To qualify for board certification, individuals must be registered nurses who have completed a baccalaureate degree as well as at least 30 hours of continuing education in nursing informatics.

Nursing informatics certificate programs provide registered nurses with the skills and knowledge necessary to gain board certification and become specialists or consultants in nursing information technology.

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