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Data is changing the way the world approaches healthcare. By earning your MSN in Nursing Informatics online from Walden, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to harness the power of information. With these competencies, you’ll be able to support clinical decision-making and create more efficient healthcare processes. In this program, you’ll learn how to collect, analyze, and evaluate essential data, using information systems and technology to further the practice of nursing while advancing your career. As an informatics nurse, you’ll be prepared to play a vital role in enhancing patient care and have a seat at the table to leverage innovation and technology in the healthcare system.

Experienced Professional Faculty

Our didactic faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees—are knowledgeable nurse informaticists who bring their insights and practical experience to the classroom.

Lead Innovation

Learn how to harness big data to improve patient care, including workflow and project management, electronic health records optimization, and systems evaluation.

Hands-On Practice

State-of-the-art learning technologies, real-world practicums, engaging case studies, and interactive media bring classroom learning to life.

Career Preparation

Deploy your skills in practical settings and best apply your knowledge directly in the field through the nursing informatics practicum experience.

Impact lives and communities

Learn how to apply your new knowledge to make a positive impact in your community.

Connect with your peers

Our Facebook communities, alumni associations, and chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing make connecting easy.


Course-Based: Receive a $1,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Tempo Competency-Based Learning™: MS in Nursing Informatics - BSN to MSN - Tempo Learning® Receive a 25% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.  

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Two Ways to Learn

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

  Course-based learning
tempo competency-based learning
   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
 The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule
Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress
Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course
All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty

Payment Plans and Scholarships*


*May not be available for all programs

Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Choose the RN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

Choose Walden's RN to BSN Accelerated Into Master's (AIM) program if you are a registered nurse (RN) who wants the opportunity to earn credits toward your MSN while completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Course-Based: Receive a $1,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Tempo Competency-Based Learning™: MS in Nursing Informatics - BSN to MSN - Tempo Learning® Receive a 25% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.  

Get Started Now

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (RN-MSN): Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN)

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-MSN): A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts.

  • The Technical Standards Policy & Clinical Site Acknowledgement Form with:
    • A statement of understanding of the MSN NP practicum requirements.
    • Identification of potential clinical sites in your local area for each of the four practicum requirement.
  • Additional Walden admission criteria required. Contact an enrollment specialist for more details.

More information for international applicants.

Become a Nursing Leader in Information Technology

Data can provide the actionable insights healthcare professionals need to deliver the highest levels of patient care. In Walden’s MSN in Nursing Informatics program, you’ll prepare to become a nursing leader, capable of recognizing gaps in service and care for patients—and using information to make real-world improvements. Build communication and gain information technology skills to translate the needs of patient care providers to IT staff, as well as train and support nurses and providers with new technology software implementations.

Optional Informatics Nursing Certification (RN-BC) is offered through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Meet Your MSN in Nursing Education Academic Team

  • Vincent Hall

    Vincent Hall

    Program Director

    As a program director for the Master of Science in Nursing program, Dr. Hall supervises MSN core courses as well as the Nursing Education, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics, and Public Health Nursing specializations. Dr. Hall serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials Task Force and on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation Review Committee. He has been an RN for more than 40 years and a nurse educator for more than 30 years.

  • Tracy Scott

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Scott is the academic coordinator for the Nursing Informatics specialization. She is a family nurse practitioner and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in nursing informatics. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching in both on-campus and online classrooms.

  • Cheryl Reilly

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Reilly is a full-time faculty member at Walden and has been involved in nursing education, health informatics, and research for more than 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston College and an MS in Nursing Administration and Child Mental Health and a PhD in Nursing with a focus in informatics, healthcare quality, health services research, and biostatistics from the University of California, San Francisco.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MSN in Nursing Informatics?

Nursing informaticists are in demand. With the rise of electronic health records (EHRs)—and recent legislation that further promotes their use—healthcare institutions rely on nursing informatics professionals to help adopt and transition new and upgraded technologies into practice. Increased demand is also the result of a growing focus to drive down escalating healthcare costs. A thorough analysis of available data by a nursing informatics specialist can lead to targeted cost savings.2

According to, the average salary for a nursing informatics specialist in the U.S. was $84,693 in April 2020.3

Career options for nurse informaticists:4

  • Clinical analyst
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Director of clinical information
  • Telehealth clinical coordinatorr
  • Clinical informatics coordinator
  • Informatics consultant
  • Informatics Faculty
  • Informatics Researcher
  • Manager of Informatics
  • Informatics Administrator
  • Electronic health record system integration specialist

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


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