Ready to make a difference in patient care and your career? Harness your passion for nursing, data, and technology to improve healthcare delivery.
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.
Choose from two degree completion options.
If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good option for you.
If you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule, the competency-based format may be for you.
“I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
“I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
“I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program, which allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will transfer to your master’s program once you complete your BSN.
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).
Dr. Vincent Hall, Program Director
Dr. Hall has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and a nurse educator for over 30 years. He 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
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.3
According to Payscale.com, the average salary for a nursing informatics specialist in the U.S. was $84,693 in April 2020.4
Career options for nurse informaticists: 5
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
I specialized in nursing informatics because the information age has globally influenced the way in which healthcare is delivered.
I chose Walden because it offered the MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics I was looking for, and it was all online. I was not in a position to be able to attend other graduate schools on-site like many programs required.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Collected using Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved February 2020, using CIP code 51.38 (Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing). Includes 2017–18 provisional data.
2Source: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS), 2020 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey.
3Source: Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, An Aging Population, Larger Chronic Disease Burden, and Reliance on Digital Self-Management Tools Require Contributions from Nurse Informaticians.
4Source: PayScale, Nursing Informatics Specialist (retrieved April 2020). National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries, and are subject to change.
5Source: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS), 2020 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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.
Program Note: The MSN program with a specialization in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, or Public Health Nursing is not a licensure-leading program and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.
Note on Certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.
Note on Competency-Based MSN Specializations
Walden University is currently unable to accept applications for the competency-based MSN specializations in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics from residents of the following states: Alaska, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.
Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option.