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MSN - Nursing Informatics (CCNE-accredited)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics program at Capella University offers students an advanced education in health care technologies and information systems. Learn more about this online MSN program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the MSN in Nursing Informatics program should hold an RN license and a bachelor's degree in nursing. Strong computer and analytical skills are helpful. All applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

How are data and databases used in nursing informatics? What is the nursing informatics life cycle? Which rules and regulations apply to nursing informatics? These are some of the topics students could expect to learn about when they enroll in Capella University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics program. Other topics of study within this specialization include nursing informatics roles and theories; the design, building, and implementation of clinical information systems; health data management and interpretation; and project management principles applicable to the life cycle of nursing informatics. The application of methods and concepts learned throughout the program is achieved in a practicum and a capstone, wherein students participate in a field experience and produce an electronic portfolio. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

54 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Nursing Informatics:

To earn this MSN in Nursing Informatics degree, students must complete 34 core credits and 20 credits in the area of specialization. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (34 credits)

  • Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master's Learners
  • Health Care Law and Policy
  • Economics and Decision Making in Health Care
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health
  • Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care
  • Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 1
  • Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  • MSN Practicum and Capstone

Nursing Informatics Specialization Courses (20 credits)

  • Principles of Nursing Informatics
  • Health Informatics Systems Planning, Analysis, Design, and Build for Nursing
  • Data Management and Health Care Technology
  • Managing the Nursing Informatics Life Cycle
  • MSN Practicum

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have obtained the MSN degree in Nursing Informatics, graduates who wish to pursue upper level administrative careers in clinical settings or in academics might seek a doctorate. A doctoral degree could be necessary to qualify for these types of positions, which could lead to such responsibilities as designing health care delivery systems or overseeing nursing programs at colleges or universities.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • DNP - Nursing Informatics
  • Doctor of Health Administration

Career Paths:

Once they have been awarded the MS in Nursing - Nursing Informatics, graduates could apply their leadership and technical skills to the analysis, design, and implementation of health information and electronics health records systems. They could perform these tasks in clinical settings, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, group medical offices, surgical centers, or long-term care facilities, or in non-clinical environments including managed care companies or medical insurance companies.

Some positions that graduates might find of interest include:

  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Clinical informatics coordinator
  • Chief nursing informatics officer
  • Manager of health outcomes analytics
  • Electronic health records project manager

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