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Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN)

Earn Your BSN and MSN Nursing Informatics Degree in Under 4 Years

Our CCNE-accredited RN to MSN Nursing Informatics program offers an efficient, streamlined path for learning how to use technology and information systems to support patient care and improve the overall operations of healthcare systems. Learn more about this flexible online program today.

Program is offered at the following campuses. Select a campus to learn more.


Nursing Informatics: An Essential Role in 21st Century Healthcare

Informatics nurse specialists work to optimize technology and information systems to improve nursing and healthcare systems. Careers in nursing informatics involve designing and using informatics solutions and technology for all areas of nursing--including to enhance daily patient care and interactions, establish effective administrative and decision support systems, manage and deliver educational experiences, and support nursing research.

An informatics nurse specialist may work in traditional healthcare settings or for medical device vendors, software companies, web content providers, disease management companies, and government agencies. Nursing informatics salary varies by experience, employment type, geographic region, certification, and education, according to the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) 2017 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey.

With skills in both nursing and information management, nursing informatics specialists play a critical role in today’s healthcare systems, especially as the use of electronic medical records and other healthcare technology continues to rise.

Industry-Aligned RN to MSN Nursing Informatics Curriculum

Our RN to MSN nursing informatics program provides an intensive course of study in which you can earn both a BSN and MSN as you move from foundational nursing theory to advanced practice concepts and courses focused on nursing informatics.

In as little as 40 months, you can learn how to plan, launch, and evaluate new information management processes and systems for healthcare settings--studying best practices for everything from training staff on new technology to collecting and analyzing data for improving clinical care. In addition, our curriculum can help you to expand your clinical judgment, communication, and leadership skills.

For starters, the general education and foundation RN to MSN requirements include courses in communications, professional development, math and statistics, natural sciences, arts and humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. Upon entering the undergraduate nursing portion of the curriculum, you'll explore:

  • Foundations for professional nursing
  • Foundations of nursing research
  • Information management and technology
  • Concepts of teaching and learning
  • Leadership in a diverse society
  • Illness and disease management across the lifespan
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Trends in healthcare policy
  • Health promotion and clinical prevention

The required MSN core and nursing informatics courses will cover topics such as:

  • The role of the advanced practice nurse
  • Advanced theoretical perspectives for nursing
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Health policy and health promotion in advanced nursing practice
  • Nursing research methods
  • Information technology infrastructure
  • Pharmacology
  • Issues and trends in nursing informatics

You’ll even have the opportunity to gain 240 hours of clinical practicum experience in database management and nursing informatics project management under the supervision of knowledgeable mentors. Finally, you'll also conduct a scholarly project in which you apply the advanced nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and research skills you've acquired in this program.

After completing our online RN to a master’s in nursing informatics program, you will be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing informatics certification*.

RN to MSN Nursing Informatics Requirements for Admission

Admissions requirements to our RN to MSN Nursing Informatics program include:

  • Completion of the application for admission
  • An associate's degree in nursing from an accredited collegiate institution, or a diploma in nursing from an accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative CGPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended (within 10 weeks after the initial start date)
  • A valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the U.S. state or territory in all states in which licensed in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure.) An unencumbered license must be maintained throughout the program
  • Meet the Core Performance Standards and essential function related to the profession of nursing as described in the South University academic catalog
  • An interview with the Chair/Program Director or designated faculty for campus-based students
  • Submission of the following:
    • Three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form. At least one of your references should hold a master's in Nursing or higher degree in nursing
    • An essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals, reasons for your choice of specialization, and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in nursing
    • A resume describing relevant work and professional and volunteer experiences

    For answers to questions about the MSN in Nursing Informatics requirements admissions opportunities, contact us at 1.800.688.0932. Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

    BSN-prepared nurses interested in becoming an informatics nurse specialist can continue their educational journey in our MSN online nursing informatics programs.

    *Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

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