Nursing Informatics | Online

Using information to improve patient care. And your career.

With the advent of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, the amount of patient data available to nurses and other healthcare providers is increasing dramatically. Effectively storing, retrieving, managing and transforming patient data has the potential to make a dramatic difference in patient outcomes.

As these skills become more critical for nurses, hospitals, clinics and other employers are looking for informatics experience in newly graduated and experienced nurses. A Nursing Informatics Certificate can help make sure you're the one hired or promoted.

100% online, from a leader in nursing and HIM

St. Scholastica has been a leader in both the nursing and HIM fields for more than 75 years. This 100% online certificate brings these two areas of expertise together in one useful certificate.

A focus on usability

Nurses need to access patient information at the point of care, and it is often unused if it is too complicated for nurses to easily retrieve. Our Nursing Informatics Certificate focuses on making informatics usable by showing you how to apply best practices to systems and daily processes.

This certificate also offers an in-depth study of the following:

  • Computerized health information systems
  • Data and knowledge management
  • Process improvement and workflow redesign
  • Human-computer interactions
  • Privacy and security issues

Program details

  • 18 credits over six courses
  • 100% online
  • Includes a total of 200 practicum hours (required for eligibility for American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification in Informatics Nursing)
  • Individualized, student-centered advisement

Admissions requirements

Visit our admissions requirements page for full details on how to apply for the Nursing Informatics certificate.

Program outcomes

  1. Incorporate theories, principles and concepts from appropriate sciences into informatics practice and research to improve health outcomes. 
  2. Describe the design, implementation, analysis and evaluation of informatics solutions to support patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision-making.  
  3. Integrate social, legal, regulatory, and ethical standards into an informatics solution for nursing and health care. 
  4. Promote the utilization of data, information, and knowledge management in health care.

For additional information on this certificate program in an easy-to-read format, please read our Nursing Informatics Gainful Employment Disclosure notice.

Course descriptions

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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse CIS 6113 - IT Management Ethics

An examination on how technology affects societal thinking and the ways information technology challenges traditional ethical, legal, and social concepts. Additionally, a high level overview of security threats and corresponding policies are explored within this ethical context. Students will analyze different leadership, technology, and security issues and develop solutions to proactively address these concerns.

Expand and Collapse CIS 6575 - Optimizing Intellectual Capital

An in-depth study of the methods and techniques organizations use to effectively discover, capture, manage, and reuse knowledge assets. During this course, students explore the approaches used to design, implement, and apply knowledge management and business intelligence practices as well as the cultural and technical environments needed to support these practices.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6508 - Healthcare Data Analytics

Covers the techniques, strategies and the need/use of Information Technology (IT) tools for data collection, data analysis, reporting and knowledge management. Offers learners the foundational terminology, concepts, models, processes and tools associated with decision support and knowledge management systems to leverage data into information and knowledge enhance care processes, data quality, cost effectiveness and decision-making, ultimately increasing the strategic acumen of the organization. Prerequisites: Finance or Accounting and HIM 6505, or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6525 - Clinical Informatics in Practi

Provides nursing and other clinical professionals with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for participation in the planning, acquisition, design, management, and use of electronic health records and other health information technology. Topics include information systems theory and strategic planning; clinical information systems applications, data and technical infrastructures for an electronic health record system; information system acquisition and implementation; and the regulatory, standards and ethical environment of health information systems.

Expand and Collapse NSG 6430 - Health Care Informatics

An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explores the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration.

Expand and Collapse NSG 6505 - Consumer Healthcare Informatics

A didactic and clinical course that provides an introduction to the concepts of consumer informatics. The didactic content explores health information technology used to support consumer healthcare and promotes consumer health literacy. The clinical component requires a minimum of 45 clinical hours supervised by an informatics professional. Individualized learning objectives are developed based on the clinical placement.

Expand and Collapse NSG 6655 - Nursing Informatics Practicum

A practicum experience focused on the use of information technology in a health care setting. Students will complete a minimum of 160 hours in the clinical setting under the supervision of an informatics professional. Individualized learning objectives will be developed based on the clinical placement.

* Students may take CIS 6113 OR HIM 6508, only one is required.

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Tuition: $610/credit*

*This tuition rate is in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year and is subject to change in subsequent years. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on each person's transfer credits and individualized program plan.