13 Resources for Future Nurse Informaticists

Below are resources and educational information for future nurse informaticists.

Masters in Nursing:  Guide to accredited programs offering a Masters Degree in Nursing http://www.mastersinnursing.com/

RN to MSN:  http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/masters-in-nursing/

Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing

MSN degree in Health Systems Management which has two tracks:  one in Healthcare Informatics and one in Outcomes Performance Management.  The MSN is a 41 semester hour program.  This program can be completed almost exclusively online.  In addition, they offer a post baccalaureate 12 semester hour online certificate program in Healthcare Informatics as well as an online certificate program in Outcomes Performance  Management.  For more information, please go to the website for more information:   http://www.luc.edu/nursing/graduate_hsm.shtml

Duke University School of Nursing:  Duke University offers a distance-based program that uses both synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods for nurses who wish to specialize in nursing informatics. The program offers a Master’s of Science in Nursing and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing. Students can complete the 39 credits required for a master’s degree in approximately two years. Post-master’s students complete the informatics courses in four semesters. The school accepts applications for both January and September start dates for the Master’s degree and a January start date for the Post-Master’s Certificate.

Case Western Reserve University/Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing


Students in Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) MSN in Nursing Informatics program will specialize in an area of interest within Nursing Informatics. These areas include but are not limited to: systems analysis and design, emerging technologies, database management, and organizational implementation of information systems. An internship of one semester will provide an opportunity for the student to obtain practical experience as a Nursing Informatics Specialist (NIS) in a variety of clinical, educational, research, and administrative settings. The program includes 500 hours that may be credited toward the required 2,000 hours for certification as a Nursing Informatics Specialist through the ANCC.

Excelsior College-Master of Science in Nursing – Major in Clinical Systems Management

Master’s program is 44 credits with a large informatics component and is administered almost exclusively online.

University of Phoenix: The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), enhances the knowledge and skills of registered nurses with baccalaureate-degree preparation. The program prepares advanced practice nurses to function in leadership roles in practice and educational settings. Advanced nursing theory and research provide the foundation for nurses to influence the future of nursing and health care.

Students complete core courses in advanced nursing content and process, as well as on leadership skills. Specializations assist students to concentrate on developing increased knowledge and/or skills in a specific area of informatics. The specialization in Informatics degree is for those who want to add the role and skill of information technology implementation. Thirty-nine credits are required for completion of the degree.

Website:  http://www.phoenix.edu/

University of Missouri: http://web.missouri.edu/~nursing/academics/leader.php

The University of Pittsburgh  http://informatics.nursing.pitt.edu

 Robert Woods Johnson  Executive Nurse Fellows Program 

For more information about the program, please visit www.enfp-info.org.

Jefferson School of Nursing has a Graduate Nursing Informatics program that is offered online. The curriculum is predicated on the belief that professional nursing is an art and a a science incorporating theory, research and clinical practice. All students enrolled in the M.S.N. program share a core curriculum. The Nursing Informatics specialty requires 36 credits. Full-time students can complete the course of study in 15 months beginning with a summer semester. Part-time options are also available.

Walden University is offering nursing informatics programs entirely online, and is intended to fit into the schedules of working professionals who are continuing their higher education. The curriculum of the Nursing Informatics program combines nursing science, computer science and information science as proposed by experts in the field. The specialization offers nurses information technology skills to enhance the safety and quality of patient care.


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