ANALYZE, DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT NURSING INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS.
Study financial management, information systems, data implementation and evaluation as you prepare for leadership or administrative positions. Our online nursing informatics program helps you gain skills to enhance healthcare decision-making and the delivery of safe patient care.
Your nursing informatics degree can lead to a leadership position as a clinical informatics nurse, nursing informatics analyst, information practice specialist and more.
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Achieve new heights in your vocation as you impart critical knowledge and inspire genuine enthusiasm.
The master’s degree program in nursing at Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Career Outlook: Improving Quality of Care
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities are expected to dramatically increase in both healthcare and information technology through 2028.1,2 With a nursing informatics degree, potential careers involve a reduced primary focus on direct patient care. Instead, you will provide a bridge between management and nursing, guide decision-making to ensure your team is well-supported and execute plans to improve the balance of healthcare access, cost and quality. Your online nursing informatics degree allows you to develop expertise in these areas in order to enhance the use of electronic medical records, data security, e-learning, telenursing, imaging and other nursing technologies.
Nursing Informatics Analyst:
As a nursing informatics analyst, you must be familiar with electronic health records and information technology. Your goals would be to improve efficiency, lower costs and maximize patient outcomes. You might manage records, both print and digital, develop and analyze information systems, implement new healthcare technology and communicate with stakeholders. The top 10% of nursing informatics analysts earn more than $100,000 annually.3
Clinical Informatics Specialist:
As a clinical informatics specialist, you would work with the staff of a healthcare provider to transition medical records from paper to digital formats. You might instruct other staff members in best practices for medical records, implement plans for efficiency and make reports to management. As a clinical informatics specialist, you would need extensive clinical and technological experience. The top 10% of clinical informatics specialists earn more than $109,000 annually. 4
Other titles you may qualify for:
- Nursing informatics specialist
- Clinical terminologist
- Clinical informatics nurse
- Information practice specialist
Curriculum: Theoretical, Research-Based and Practical Perspectives
In the master’s in nursing informatics online program, you will study theoretical foundations, healthcare policy, research methods, informatics, integrated clinical concepts and more. Expert faculty will guide you as you develop skills in financial management, clinical information systems and healthcare data implementation, management and evaluation.
This program includes a total of 225 clinical hours at a location of your choice, giving you necessary hands-on experience in the field.
Course Spotlight: NUR 665—Clinical Information Systems
This course examines systems the design life cycle, workflow support/analysis, data collection and technology applications for education, clinical simulation, workflow and professional development.SEE ALL COURSES
Course Spotlight: NUR 666—Healthcare Data Implementation, Management and Evaluation
This course examines integration of systems, data warehousing, technical standards, archiving principles, backup processes, analysis, decision support systems and project planning in varied environments.
More Track Options
MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Educator
Prepare to teach new nurses in the academic setting or guide experienced nurses in the healthcare setting.
MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Administrator
Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.
MS in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Nurse Leader
Champion patient care, act as a bridge between interdisciplinary teams, and provide advanced therapies.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The estimated total cost of the program is $22,533. This is subject to change.
Yes, you must pick a concentration. The first six classes are core classes and you can change your concentration at any time leading up to your seventh class.
You can choose from four specializations: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics.
The number of clinical hours required is dependent on the track chosen.
- Clinical Nurse Leader: 400 clinical hours
- Nurse Administrator: 225 clinical hours
- Nurse Educator: 225 clinical hours
- Nursing Informatics: 225 clinical hours
Application requirements include:
- A completed graduate application
- Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic coursework, indicating evidence of a BSN degree earned at a regionally accredited institution and nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE. RNs with bachelor’s degrees that are not in nursing may be considered for the program.
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Evidence of a current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 Sept. 4). Healthcare Occupations. Retrieved February 24, 2020 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019, Sept. 4). Computer and Information Technology Occupations. Retrieved February 24, 2020 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm
- Payscale (2020 February 4). Average Nursing Informatics Analyst Salary. Retrieved February 18, 2020 from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Nursing_Informatics_Analyst/Salary
- Payscale (2020 February 5). Average Clinical Informatics Specialist Salary. Retrieved February 18, 2020 from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Informatics_Specialist/Salary