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Online Nursing Informatics Post Graduate Certificate

South University's Online Programs College of Nursing and Public Health 2023 Commencement
South University's Online Programs College of Nursing and Public Health 2023 Commencement
The online* Nursing Informatics Post Graduate Certificate is designed to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders. Through the optimization of information management and communication, nursing students may provide support for many areas of nursing practice, including the direct provision of care, establishing effective administrative systems, designing useful decision support systems, managing and delivering educational experiences, enhancing lifelong learning, and supporting nursing research**. Throughout the program, nursing students have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop and implement information management systems in a variety of settings including home health and hospice agencies, nursing homes, public and community health agencies, physician offices, ambulatory care centers, medical device vendors, large and small software companies, web content providers, disease management companies, and government agencies.

*Fully online programs can have a ground clinical or practicum experience.
** South University does not promise or guarantee employment.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

College of Nursing and Public Health

Procedure for Admission to the Post Graduate Certificate Programs

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Consistent with the requirement for admission to the MSN program, the requirements for admission to the Post Graduate Certificate programs are as follows:

  • Completion of the application for admission.
  • A master’s or doctoral degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended within 5 weeks after the initial start date. *Effective August 14, 2023 - Students beginning classes at Online Programs will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.
  • A valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all US states or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state 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).

    Note: An unencumbered license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.

For additional admissions information please see the admissions section here.

Outcomes

Offered at Online Programs.

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The 21st century nurse informaticist will transform care of patients and communities by optimizing information management and communication. These activities include the design and use of informatics solutions and technology to support all areas of nursing practice, including the direct provision of care, establishing effective administrative systems, designing useful decision support systems, managing and delivering educational experiences, enhancing lifelong learning, and supporting nursing research. The Master of Science in Nursing program with a specialization in Nursing Informatics at South University is designed to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop and implement information management systems in a variety of settings including home health and hospice agencies, nursing homes, public and community health agencies, physician offices, ambulatory care centers, medical device vendors, large and small software companies, web content providers, disease management companies, and government agencies. Students will complete 240 practicum hours during progression through the program.

Program curriculum for the MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics includes key attributes from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Masters Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2011), the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (2010), and the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice (2008). Students completing this program will be eligible to sit for the AACC certification examination.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Synthesize theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines for application in advanced nursing roles.
  2. Analyze current scientific research for application of findings to initiate change and to improve practice.
  3. Create comprehensive plans of action that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of individual, family, and community populations.
  4. Formulate a plan for ongoing contributions to improvement of healthcare delivery and development of health policy in a cost-effective manner.
  5. Apply an ethical decision-making process in professional practice and an analysis of systems of healthcare.
  6. Model a professional leadership role that fosters improvement of healthcare and advocates scholarly activities to advance self and profession.
  7. Employ informatics and technology in various aspects of the advanced nursing leadership role.
  8. Practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.

Specialized Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Evaluate information requirements for nursing practice.
  2. Use principles of database management to collect and analyze the comprehensive data, information, and knowledge pertinent to a situation in nursing practice.
  3. Use principles of project management to develop and implement a plan that prescribes strategies, alternatives, and recommendations to attain expected nursing informatics outcomes.
  4. Integrate current theories of technology implementation to influence the identified plan, enhance the abilities of other professionals, and effect change in nursing practice.
  5. Analyze computer and information technologies for their application to nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate with professionals in other informatics-related disciplines to develop informatics solutions to nursing problems.
  7. Develop strategies for introducing, modifying, and evaluating information systems for nursing practice.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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success stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our graduates have to say.

Michela Mazard
Michela Lambert Mazard Grad Alumni
Class of ‘11 and ‘16
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing-South University, Online Programs

“I wanted an education that would prepare me to build relationships and treat patients and families throughout their lifespan with interaction among their physical, emotional, and mental systems. I chose South University because I was confident that I would receive a well-rounded education that ensures I am armed with the skill set I need to provide the best care possible. Read more

Charrita Ernewein
Charrita Ernewein Grad Alumni
Class of ‘12 and ‘15
Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice-South University, Tampa

“Being a military wife, I had the opportunity to work all over as a nurse in many specialties. Now that my children are older, I am focused on helping others, training the next generation of nurses and nurse practitioners, fighting human trafficking and influencing the policies that affect my profession. Read more

Laura Skrodski 2009
Laura Skrodzki Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-South University, Tampa

“I like people, and sometimes taking time to listen to patients who are hurting can be just as valuable in their healing process as administering medicine. South University's nursing program has taught me how to help patients, not only by addressing their medical issues, but also by taking an interest in their relationships and well-being outside the hospital. Patients are husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children.”

Scott Wood 2017
Scott Wood Grad Alumni
Class of '17
Post Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner-South University, Online Programs

“The program was very demanding and required me to be proficient in the area of study before graduating, he says. "Also, the program mixed classroom learning with clinical experiences that reinforced the materials presented in a ‘real-world’ setting."”

Kimberly Foncham 2013
Kimberly Foncham Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Master of Science in Nursing-South University, West Palm Beach

“South [University] prepared me for my career with the classroom and clinical hours we had to endure. This education has made a big difference in my life. I was an RN for twenty years and now I feel fulfilled at work.”

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).