Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Informatics Specialization (Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program)

Sometimes providing the best possible care for your patients in the future means pursuing a higher education now. Grantham University’s Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Informatics specialization prepares registered nurses, like you, to use data from healthcare agencies to improve patient outcomes.

You’ll also explore current trends in leadership and management … human diversity and social issues … health promotion and disease prevention … and research and global, evidence-based practice.

What will I learn in my MSN in Nursing Informatics online program?

You will explore the foundational theory of informatics and how it impacts the healthcare industry. You’ll learn what it takes to analyze clinical and financial information, as well as how to process and report acquired data.

Plus, as part of your final research seminar, you will complete a Capstone Project at the conclusion of your specialization. Review this Comparison in MSN Specializations to explore the option that best fits your career aspirations.

Note: If you’re an RN and interested in this program, but only have your associate degree, explore our RN to MSN Bridge Option.

What careers can I pursue with the online MSN in Nursing Informatics degree?

From family nurse practitioner to informatics specialist, this nursing informatics specialization will prepare you for a wide range of data-reliant clinical positions1.

How long is the MSN in Nursing Informatics program?

At 37 credit hours, the online nursing courses in this specialization should be completed in 24 months. ​It could take less time depending on how many classes you take each term.

How much will the online MSN in Nursing Informatics degree program cost?

The graduate tuition rate for is $325 per credit hour. This rate is lower for members of the military and their families, as well as military veterans. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial assistance.

When can I start?

Courses begin frequently, so we’re ready when you are ready to begin.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program and our other accredited degree programs, as well as financial assistance opportunities, and to get all your questions about the enrollment process answered.

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Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Informatics Specialization (Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program)

Nursing Informatics Specialization Outcomes

After successfully completing this specialization track in nursing education, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in the synthesis, utilization and evaluation of all interdisciplinary information to promote quality improvement in a health care environment
  • Design health information systems to identify patterns and variances in data regarding risk behaviors, epidemiology and other health care problems/issues with the accompanying costs associated with the issue
  • Integrate ethical and legal principles to establish and maintain security of all data and compliance with all regulatory entities
  • Demonstrate the use of informatics methodologies to advocate for patient autonomy, dignity and rights and in policy development that would support both the patient and the institution
  • Analyze information systems to determine quality data output that can be utilized for improving nursing and informatics practice
Master of Science in Nursing Outcomes

Regardless of specialization, upon successful completion of an MSN program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations
  • Incorporate concepts of advanced practice nursing when making nursing diagnoses and critical thinking decisions about educational and therapeutic interventions
  • Design nursing care for a clinical or community‐based population based on cultural diversity, biophysical, psychosocial, and organizational needs
  • Demonstrate high-level communication skills when involved with patients and professionals both within and outside the healthcare field
  • Combine theory and research-based knowledge from nursing and the sciences as they relate to the interdisciplinary team when designing, coordinating and evaluating quality patient care
  • Formulate career management strategies, including self-advocacy, to enhance professional growthg
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares all of our graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Informatics Specialization (Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program)

The courses for nursing in this specialization can prepare you for number of information management and educational positions in healthcare1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Nursing Informatics Educator
  • Informatics Specialist
  • Clinical Information Systems Manager
  • Technology Researcher for Clinical Information

Employers can include:

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Hospital-based nursing schools
  • Community health agencies
  • Information management healthcare organizations

Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Informatics Specialization (Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program)

As you consider your all of your nursing school educational options, bear in mind that Grantham University’s coursework is 100% online. We provide the flexibility you need to succeed.

Note: Nursing courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence as shown here.

Program Core Credits: 37
Total Credit Hours: 37
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 37
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU500 Title: Graduate Student Success Credits: 1
  This course is designed to introduce the concepts of professionalism and scholarly research to new graduate students at Grantham University. Students will explore the construct of professionalism, including relevant educational requirements, ethical behavior, required experience, certification or credentialing examinations, and field-specific organizations in light of their chosen disciplines. Further, this course introduces the concepts of scholarly research as both a field of literature and as a systematic method of inquiry. Students will prepare for potential scholarly research projects that may be required in their degree programs by exploring the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) modules and reviewing the steps to propose a research study. Throughout the course, students will demonstrate skill sets related to career success: distributed collaboration, critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, data and information literacy, and ethical b
Course: NUR506 Title: Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing Credits: 3
  This course concentrates on theories and concepts related to Advance Practice Nursing: the roles, the essential knowledge, behavioral motivation and decision-making techniques of the APN. Application of various aspects of advance practice nursing will be explored including evidence-based practice (EBP) and research with 22.5 hours of applied practice learning experience (APLE) conducted in regard to these principles when providing nursing care to clients, families and the community.
Course: NUR552 Title: Legal and Ethical Issues of Advanced Practice Nursing Credits: 3
  This course presents the moral, ethical and legal aspects facing the advanced practice nurse in their daily professional work with an emphasis on the ethical practices and decision-making processes faced by all nursing. The 22.5 hours of applied practice learning experiences (APLE) focuses on the basic tenets of these practices and the practical application of professional nursing principles as they are examined throughout this course and continue throughout the nursing program.
Course: NUR540 Title: Essentials of Nursing Informatics Credits: 3
  This course explores the essential concepts related to the development and utilization of nursing informatics in healthcare institutions. Students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of the specialty of nursing informatics and the impact of informatics on the healthcare environment. A comprehensive overview of the role of the nursing informaticist is examined in addition to analyzing clinical and financial information and processing and reporting acquired data. Nursing informatics trends and issues are also explored.
Course: HSN501 Title: Healthcare Systems Credits: 3
  Students will examine healthcare systems and their effect on the health of populations. The purpose of this course is to bring the student up-to-date on significant developments that have occurred in the American healthcare system. The student will explore the widespread penetration of managed care with its service management and cost control strategies resulting in an open market competition among healthcare providers. Topics included are systems/theory thinking, case management, health policy, the inter-relatedness of elements within healthcare systems, and strategies to influence systems.
Course: NUR516 Title: Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the process and design of nursing research. Studies in the research process include the context of established nursing theories, nursing research and evidence-based nursing practice. A review of quantitative and qualitative studies and guidelines to support evidence-based practice will result in the development of a research project. Strategies are developed for research utilization, protection of subjects and dissemination of findings in advanced nursing practice. During the 22.5 hours of applied practice learning experience (APLE), the culmination of this course will be the creation of a modified research paper, the first step toward the capstone project for master's level nurses.
Course: NUR514 Title: Project and Change Management Credits: 3
  This course examines the knowledge sets, skills, tools and techniques of project and change management with an emphasis on how planning contributes to the strategic goals of an organization. Topics include strategic management; prioritization and planning; risk evaluation; resource allocation and scheduling, and project teams and partner management issues. Additionally, some of the most common change management challenges and best practices related to change will be explored.
Course: NUR513 Title: Diverse Populations and Healthcare Credits: 3
  This course provides an introduction to and exploration of concepts and theories relevant to healthcare for diverse populations with 22.5 hours of applied practice learning experience (APLE) embedded for the application of the concepts and theories to a population's health care needs. Diversity is examined relative to family and social organizations, roles and expectations and communication patterns and the value/beliefs underlying health-illness behaviors between western and non-western cultures.
Course: HSN509 Title: Clinical and Administrative Systems Credits: 3
  Students examine the foundations of clinical information collection, processing, recording, and use to support decision-making in healthcare environments. Emphasis is placed on compliance with regulatory standards, safety, and quality implementation. Other topics include technology for e-health applications and Tele-health, hospital information systems, utilization of electronic pharmacy systems, data integrity, and implications and applications of information technology in healthcare management.
Course: HSN521 Title: Modern Organizations and Healthcare Credits: 3
  This course exposes students to an in-depth discussion of both the theories and practical applications of healthcare management. In addition to the primary management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling, specialized topics like communication, ethical responsibilities, process management, and leadership are discussed. Students also investigate alternative management and leadership styles that can be utilized as effective models and approaches for managing change, resources, time, and performance.
Course: HSN548 Title: Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Environments Credits: 3
  This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. The course will provide the student with an overview of the field of information security and assurance. Students will be exposed to the spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures. Coverage will include inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction to threats to information assets, and examination of pre- and post-incident procedures, technical and managerial responses, and overview of information security planning and staffing functions.
Course: NUR607 Title: Nursing Informatics Research Seminar Credits: 3
  The MSN Nursing Informatics Research Seminar requires the student to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the program in nursing informatics. The student will explore plans for evaluating, contracting and implementing a new technology in a healthcare organization. Utilizing 45 hours of applied practice learning experiences (APLE), the culmination of this course results in a capstone project proposal related to nursing informatics; the practice, concepts and/or major issues.
Course: NUR608 Title: Nursing Informatics Practicum Credits: 3
  The practice experience for Nursing Informatics requires the student to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired through a variety of experiences in healthcare informatics. This course requires 90 hours of practice experience (PE) related to nursing informatics in a healthcare environment. The culmination of this course will result in the completion of the capstone project related to nursing informatics; its practice, concepts and/or major issues in today's complex healthcare environment.