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RN to Master of Science in Nursing Informatics

With their expertise in healthcare technology, nurse informaticists can transform patient care. From working with telemonitoring technology to patient care devices to electronic health records, nurse informaticists help organizations find and use technology to achieve more efficient, higher quality patient outcomes.

At South University, the Online RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Nursing Informatics degree program can put you on a path to becoming a leader in nursing informatics. The MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics online program equips you to select, design, implement, and maintain informatics solutions for all areas of nursing - including providing direct care, conducting research, establishing administrative systems, designing decision support tools, and managing and delivering educational experiences. Completing this MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics program can prepare you to sit for the American Association of College of Nursing certification* exam.

*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.

Admission Requirements

Procedure for Admission to the RN to Master of Science in Nursing** Degree Program

** South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The criteria used in determining admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree 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 single-state and/or a valid unencumbered Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) multistate license as a registered nurse in all U.S. states or territories in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program is required. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure). An unencumbered license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Meet the Core Performance Standards and essential function related to the profession of nursing as described in this catalog
  • 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, professional, and volunteer experiences.
  • Once all required admissions documents and information are submitted, the application will be reviewed and evaluated for admission decision.

Provisional admission status is not available for the RN to Master of Science in Nursing degree program. Students not meeting admission requirements for the RN to Master of Science in Nursing program may be considered for the RN to BSN degree program and apply to the MSN degree program when the  admission requirements for the MSN degree program are met.

 

 

Course Requirements

RN to Master of Science in Nursing


Area I: General Education: 76 Credits


A transcript evaluation is completed for each student to transfer in up to 90 general education credits. For students to receive block transfer credit for General Education courses, they must meet the standard outlined in the General Education Transfer Credit policy.

Professional Development

Basic Communications

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Sciences


Arts and Humanities (chose two)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

General Education Elective (Choose Two)

Area II Foundation Requirements: 14 Credits


Undergraduate Nursing (45 transfer credits + 36 credits from South University)

Graduate Nursing (Students must complete core credits and one specialization)


MSN Core: 20 Credits

Specialization in Nursing Informatics: 28 Credits for Specialization, 219 Total Credits for Program


For the most up to date information on course requirements, please visit the academic catalog.

Outcomes

Upon completing this nursing informatics degree online, you should be able to:

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

Career Outlook

As a Nurse Informaticist, you may use these competencies in traditional healthcare organizations as well as for medical device vendors, software companies, disease management companies, and government agencies.

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

Comments and Concerns

Please fill out this form and email to mhsmith@southuniversity.edu with any Comments, Concerns and Complaints.

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The purpose of this form is to provide a process for the general public to submit comments, concerns, or complaints regarding their interaction with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Post Graduate Certificate, or Doctor of Nursing Practice program. A record of all complaints will be maintained and secured by campus administration. If you are a South University student, please submit your comments, concerns, or complaints according to the process outlined in the University Catalog or programmatic handbook. Please contact your Program Director or Academic Counselor if you need additional guidance.

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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.

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

Lisa Godwin 2009
Lisa Godwin Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“When I graduated, I passed the NCLEX and quickly got a great job as an RN. I felt very prepared for my new role and within less than five months, I was a charge nurse for a 36-bed med-surg unit. I'm very glad I chose South University for the start of my nursing career. My education gave me a great foundation and has made me a better nurse and practitioner.”

Emily Han 2015
Emily Han Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Master of Science in Nursing

“By allowing me to continue working during school and applying new knowledge, as well as creating my own preceptor experiences in an area of interest, I was able to carve my way to a successful business and many great, relevant connections. I love that my degree and knowledge have helped me see the limitless opportunity we have as nurses. The freedom and excitement of my new career is something that I never could have imagined, but I look forward to innovating and paving the way for others to do the same.”

Adrienne Hampton 2016
Adrienne Hampton Grad Alumni
Class of '16
Master of Science in Nursing

“I can truly say that during my experience at South University I have only encountered positive, encouraging, intelligent, and professional staff who want their students to be successful. The online courses have been challenging but knowledge enhancing as well. I have learned discipline and have decreased my test anxiety through weekly quizzes, our midterms and final exams. Moreover, the Practicum experience has exceeded my expectations by allowing me to apply what I have read, researched, and studied into practice”

Samira Monet' Hayes 2013
Samira Monet' Hayes Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“If it was not for South University professors and clinical instructors, I would not have the foundation and knowledge-base to be a successful, critical thinking nurse. Education is the key, simple and true. If I had not earned my degree I would not be in the position I am in today, nor would the opportunities that present themselves to me be available.”

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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