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Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Informatics

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Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Informatics

Improve healthcare processes by interpreting and leveraging data.

A nursing informatics degree can help you lead change within healthcare organizations, advance quality improvement, and address access and equity.

Combine your nursing experience with cutting-edge data science to improve patient care.

Designed for working nurses, the Nursing Informatics program is for RNs with BSN degrees seeking to take their place in a dynamic, in-demand specialty practice area. This online program at St. Catherine University combines the art and science of nursing with an advanced understanding of the informatics role in healthcare quality improvement, healthcare data science, analytics, and information technology.

Our program focuses on interprofessional education. This means you will learn with and about other health professions and collaborate across healthcare programs at the University. You’ll experience a learning environment where information and communication meet compassionate care, where data is leveraged to improve nursing practice and health outcomes, and where analytics is used to advance social justice and address health inequities. Specifically, you will:

  • Learn core skills to apply informatics to clinical nursing practice, using a broad-based understanding of information technologies and how to gather, retrieve and apply healthcare data
  • Understand applications of informatics for quality improvement across the spectrum of clinical care settings
  • Gain opportunities to apply patient-centered nursing skills at scale – you’ll learn to leverage what you know about one-to-one patient care to make a difference for entire populations
  • Focus on leadership and interprofessional learning, grounding nursing informatics in an understanding of how to advance the work of healthcare teams and to make healthcare better for all
  • Understand project management principles and lead change in health systems
  • Get a head start on your Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master's degree and apply up to 15 credits from your MSN: Nursing Informatics program
  • Meet the content and minimum hour requirements that allow you to sit for the Nursing Informatics Certification Exam

Students of all genders are welcome in the program.

Cost & Time

Cost per credit: $745 (2022-23 rates)

Credits required: 36

Time to completion: 28 months

Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

Accreditation

The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. For successful admission and continuance in St. Catherine University’s prelicensure nursing programs, a specific set of essential cognitive, sensory, communication, psychomotor, and behavioral/emotional/spiritual health abilities are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.  Read the full requirements here. Learn more about accreditation and outcomes here.

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Plan of Study

Below are sample plans of study. For course descriptions and other details, consult the University catalog.

Year 1

  • Fall
    NURS 7140 Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (3cr)
    STAT 7000 Introduction to Biostatistics (3cr)
  • J-Term
    NURS 6040 Nurse Informatician as Change Agent (1cr)
  • Spring
    MHI 5110 Applied Healthcare Database Principles (3cr)
    NURS 7080 Informatics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7060 Evidence Based Practice (3cr)
    NURS 8300 Advanced Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation (3cr)

Year 2

  • Fall
    NURS 7095 Leading Healthcare Quality Improvement (3cr)
    MHI 5170 Population Health Informatics (3cr)
  • J-Term
    NURS 7085 Enacting Change as a Nurse Informatician (1cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 7125 Nursing Data to Wisdom (3cr)
    NURS 8150 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 8350 Capstone Practicum (3cr)
    NURS 7402 Innovation and Technology for Teaching (2cr)

Year 1

  • Spring
    NURS 7140 Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (3cr)
    STAT 7000 Introduction to Biostatistics (3cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7080 Informatics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3cr)
  • Fall
    NURS 7060 Evidence Based Practice (3cr)
    NURS 8150 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3cr)

Year 2

  • J-Term
    NURS 6040 Nurse Informatician as Change Agent (1cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 8300 Advanced Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation (3cr)
    MHI 5110 Applied Healthcare Database Principles (3cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7402 Innovation and Technology for Teaching (2cr)
  • Fall
    NURS 7095 Leading Healthcare Quality Improvement (3cr)
    MHI 5170 Population Health Informatics (3cr)

Year 3

  • J-Term
    NURS 7085 Enacting Change as a Nurse Informatician (1cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 7125 Nursing Data to Wisdom (3cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 8350 Capstone Practicum (3cr)
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