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No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.¹

Data and technology are changing how healthcare is delivered, providing the actionable insights clinicians need to deliver the highest levels of patient care. With an MSN in nursing informatics from Walden, you can be at the forefront of this exciting evolution.

In our MSN Nursing Informatics specialization, you’ll learn to harness innovation to support clinical decision-making and create more efficient healthcare processes. Leverage your nursing experience and serve as a bridge between your organization's technology systems and its clinical staff. Play a vital role in improving patient care and safety while reducing the burden on direct-care providers.

Why Choose Walden?

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.

Practicum Advantage

Get the support you need for a successful experience at all stages of your nursing practicum.

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.

PROGRAM SAVINGS

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

Flexible Learnings

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

  Course-based learning
Tempo 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

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Payment Plans and Scholarships*

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*May not be available for all programs

Personalized Practicum Support

Caroline SanchezWe know how valuable practicums are to your learning experience and career goals. That’s why we are committed to Practicum Advantage™—a collaborative process of coaching, resources, and self-help tools to help you identify local sites that match your needs.

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.

Tuition and Fees

FINANCIAL AID

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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Program Outcomes

Become a Nurse Leader in Information Technology

In Walden’s MSN in nursing informatics program, you’ll build a strong foundation in collecting, analyzing, and evaluating essential healthcare data. Learn to identify gaps in patient support and patient care and use information to make real-world improvements in those areas. Build the communication skills needed to translate the needs of direct-care providers to IT staff. Learn how to train and support nurses and physicians in new technology system implementations.

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

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

Nurse informatics specialists are in demand. With the rise of electronic health records (EHRs) and the need to drive down soaring healthcare costs, organizations need nurse informaticists to help them implement and adopt new and upgraded technologies.2

By earning your nursing informatics MSN online, you can open the door to new opportunities in this field. Define your path, expand your opportunities, and play a bigger role in healthcare’s transformation.

Career options for nurse informaticists:3

  • Clinical analyst
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Director of clinical informatics
  • Nurse educator/instructor
  • Consultant
  • Chief nursing informatics officer
  • Associate professor/professor
  • Manager of clinical informatics
  • Clinical applications specialist

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

MSN Career Outlook

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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.

Resources

Meet Your MSN in Nursing Informatics 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

    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

    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.

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