RN to MSN Track

Recent healthcare legislation has called for more widespread use of information technology to enhance the quality of patient care. Because nurses are at the center of care coordination for patients, knowledge and competence in nursing informatics is becoming increasingly important in the healthcare field. With this specialization, you can study how technology systems and workflows can improve and expedite communication and patient data. Coursework in the Nursing Informatics specialization focuses on such key areas as information systems, database concepts, effective project management, information protection, and knowledge management in a healthcare practice setting. Fieldwork experience provides you with the opportunity to use your new knowledge in a real-world environment.

The RN Track is for registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN).

This track requires that you fulfill general education requirements. Once you meet these requirements, you can begin the foundations courses for the MSN.

If you already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), see the BSN Track.

Completion Requirements

  • 76 total quarter credits
    • Foundations courses (26 cr.)
    • Core courses (20 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (25 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Foundations Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 3101 Course Issues and Trends in Nursing Credits (6 cr.)
Course Code NURS 3151 Course Foundations of Nursing Research Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4006 Course Topics in Clinical Nursing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4211 Course Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4221 Course Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6050 Course Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6051 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6052 Course Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6053 Course Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6401 Course Informatics in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6411 Course Information and Knowledge Management Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6421 Course Supporting Workflow in Healthcare Systems Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6431 Course Evaluation Methods for Health Information Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6441 Course Project Management: Healthcare Information Technology Credits (5 cr.)

Capstone Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6600 Course Capstone Synthesis Practicum Credits (5 cr.)

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

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