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Online MSN: Nursing Informatics Track

Program Overview

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.

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.

Program Highlights

2

avg. years to complete

37

total credit hours

$550

per credit hour

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CCNE-Accredited Experience

Achieve new heights in your vocation as you impart critical knowledge and inspire genuine enthusiasm.

The nursing informatics degree at Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accreditation means your degree demonstrates mastery of rigorous industry standards that encompass contemporary nursing knowledge, theory and technology.

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:

$79,946/Year

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:

$77,743/Year

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
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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.

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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

Online MSN: Nurse Educator Track

Prepare to teach new nurses in the academic setting or guide experienced nurses in a healthcare setting.

Online MSN: Nurse Administrator Track

Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.

Online MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader Track

Champion patient care, act as bridge between interdisciplinary teams, and provide advanced therapies.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master of Science in Nursing, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question not covered here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

Each track in the Master of Science in Nursing program will take two years to complete if you take two courses per semester, which is considered full-time. If you choose to study part-time, you can complete the program within four years.

View the CNL course plan, the nurse educator course plan, the nurse administrator course plan, or the nursing informatics course plan.

Growth in the nursing field will be strong over the next decade, with most nursing roles showing at least 14% growth, and some roles much higher, such as nursing instructors, which indicates 24% growth, according to Burning Glass Labor Insight.

Yes. To be considered for the Master of Science in Nursing program, you must have either a BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE, or be an RN with another type of bachelor’s degree.

In addition, you must also have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.00 scale—as well as evidence of a current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program. See the MSN Admission Requirements page for more information.

Your tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing program will cost approximately $20,350. Please note that this amount does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, loan fees, and other costs you might incur. See the MSN Tuition page for more information.

If you take two courses per semester, that would be considered full-time; however, you can also study on a part-time basis if you prefer.

There are six core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing program that must be completed, regardless of which track you choose. Then, you will complete your credit hours with courses specific to your chosen track. See the MSN Curriculum page for more information.

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Sources:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 Sept. 4). Healthcare Occupations. Retrieved February 24, 2020 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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