Informatics

Information technology continues to play a key role in enhancing patient care. Walden’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Informatics places you at the forefront of technological innovation in healthcare.

Nursing informatics is defined by the American Nurses Association as a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. Graduates of this certificate program will be able to integrate data, information, and knowledge to support patients, nurses, and other caregivers in their decision-making in all roles and settings.

The convergence of information technology with healthcare has enormous potential. Dramatic improvements in the quality and delivery of healthcare for patients and practitioners as a direct result of information technology is emerging and will play a significant long-term role in improving patient care as new technologies emerge.

This program can prepare you to effectively use information technology to enhance decision-making in various healthcare settings. Fieldwork experience in NURS 6431 provides you with an opportunity to apply learning in a real-world environment. Our team of practicum coordinators is available to help at every step of your fieldwork journey.

Help Enhance Your Career Prospects While Helping Patients and Practitioners

Gain the expertise to integrate data, information, and knowledge to support decision-making processes that positively affect patients and practitioners. For nurses who already hold a master’s degree, this is the right time to advance your career by adding depth to your portfolio of skills. Coursework for this program blends nursing science with computer and information science and focuses on core concepts in nursing informatics, knowledge and information management, and effective project management.

Completion Requirements

  • 28 total quarter credits
  • Optional additional practicum (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum credits to completion. Credits to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate, call an enrollment specialist at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6002/6003 Course Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6401 Course Informatics in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6412 Course Information and Knowledge Management Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6421 Course Supporting Workflow in Healthcare Systems Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6441 Course Project Management: Healthcare Information Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6451 Course Evaluation Methods for Health Information Technology Credits (5 cr.)

Practicum Course (Optional)

Students in the Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Informatics program may elect to earn additional practicum experience by adding an optional course, NURS 6461 (216 practicum hours), to their program of study:
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6461 Course Capstone Synthesis Practicum Credits (5 cr.)

Note on Field Experience and Relocating
Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their Student Success Advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program. Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their Student Success Advisor immediately when considering relocating.

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