Schools for Aspiring Nursing Informatics Specialists

Nursing informatics programs explore how technology, computers and scientific research influence the practice of nursing. For more information on nursing informatics specialists schools, read on.

Numerous 4-year colleges and universities across the country offer graduate degrees and certificates in nursing informatics.

Top 10 Schools with Nursing Informatics Programs

These top universities can provide nursing training for aspiring nursing informatics specialists:

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition (In-state, 2015-2016)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private $38,060
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private $36,216
University of California-San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public $26,803
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private $1,568 per credit
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Public $37,392
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-year, Private $1,219 per credit
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private $40,024
University of Maryland--Baltimore Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public $682 per credit
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public $20,550
University of South Florida Tampa, FL 4-year, Public $348 per credit

Source: U.S. News and World Report

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School Selection Criteria

The following items are important considerations when choosing a nursing informatics school:

  • Choose a clinical or research-focused program based on your academic interests and career aspirations.
  • Make sure that you meet the minimum admissions requirements for the programs you are considering; some programs require candidates to have a BSN and/or real-world nursing experience.
  • Explore the curriculum to find out about the coursework, which typically includes coursework in both IT and nursing-related topics, such as information systems, network applications, information lifecycles and healthcare delivery.
  • Find out if the school has been accredited by the NLNAC.

Certificate in Health Informatics

The certificate is designed for aspiring nursing informatics specialists without a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, but with the desire to learn more about informatics. A bachelor's degree in a health-related field is often required.

Master of Science in Nursing Degree

Many master's degree programs in nursing offer an informatics specialty. Programs usually involve a practicum or internship and may require completion of a thesis. Courses might be offered online, on-site or in a hybrid format; however, even fully online programs will usually require students to complete field experience.

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Informatics

Students who already have a Master of Science in Nursing and would like to add a specialty in nursing informatics can pursue a post-master's certificate. A practicum is usually required. Class schedules are often tailored to a student's computer skills and nursing experience.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Students who want to take a leadership role in healthcare and evidence-based practice might consider a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Prerequisites, depending on the program, may involve a bachelor's or a master's degree in nursing. In addition to practicums and residencies at hospitals, these programs involve small, seminar-style classes. A DNP program may require students to write a thesis or complete a capstone project. DNP candidates study research-heavy topics.

Aspiring nursing informatics specialists can enroll in graduate-level programs that integrate advanced studies in nursing and information technology.

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