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BSN-to-MSN - Nursing Informatics

Current nursing professionals seeking an advanced degree in health information technology could get the education they desire in Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-to-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-to-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this MS program must hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and should be a current RN. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What databases and data extraction techniques are used in healthcare settings? How is patient care coordinated using healthcare technology? Which methods are used to develop and implement healthcare electronic systems? These are among the topics likely to be explored in the Nursing Informatics specialization of Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-to-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Students in this specialization also have the opportunity to learn more about how electronic health information is protected, tools used in data analysis, and project management software and tasks in health information technology. A specialization course focuses on the role of a nurse informaticist in collecting and accessing health information; while core classes provide study in health delivery systems, healthcare regulations, patient care safety and quality, population health advocacy, and nursing leadership. All Nursing Informatics students also complete a practicum in which they design and implement an informatics project within a healthcare environment.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

53 quarter credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-to-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics:

A total of 30 of the 53 credits needed to complete this BSN-to-MSN program are taken in the nursing informatics specialization. Students also take 20 credits in the core curriculum and a 3-credit foundation course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health
  • Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology
  • Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice
  • Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership

Specialization Courses: Nursing Informatics (30 credits)

  • Informatics in Nursing and Healthcare
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Supporting Workflow in Healthcare Systems
  • Evaluation Methods for Health Information Technology
  • Project Management: Healthcare Information Technology
  • Capstone Synthesis Practicum

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have obtained the MSN degree in Nursing Informatics, some graduates might choose to enroll in a doctoral degree program. With this advanced degree, graduates could seek teaching or administrative careers in colleges or universities or directorial positions in nursing research.

Some degree options include:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the BSN-to-MSN - Nursing Informatics degree, graduates might assume managerial positions overseeing the use and implementation of electronic records in hospitals, clinics, group physicians' offices, surgical centers, or outpatient facilities. They could lead areas of training, project management, implementation, or program design.

Graduates could pursue such positions as:

  • Clinical analyst
  • Manager of informatics
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Health informatics consultant
  • Director of clinical information

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