With the advent of information technology in healthcare, 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.
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.
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.
Below is an outline of the course requirements for the Nursing Informatics Certificate Program by semester. View a text version of these requirements.
Prepares students to appraise, implement, and optimize Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to support the utilization and management of clinical information. Students will describe information infrastructure, data, and databases; employ processes for implementing healthcare information systems and clinical decision support tools; relate privacy and security issues to healthcare information; and explain personal health records and EHR applications used in acute, ambulatory, and specialty services.
Explore human factors principles and the application of usability assessments for the development and use of health information technology by clinicians and patients. The course covers the role of human factors and human-computer interactions in medicine, usability assessments and user-centered design, and theories of cognition, memory, and technology.
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.
This course explores how ancillary & clinical processes are designed and integrated together with the flow of information throughout a healthcare facility to bring decision-making value to healthcare professionals through quality information gathered in the most effective and efficient ways. Topics to be addressed include theory of quality and process improvement, workflow redesign, modeling techniques, use case scenario descriptions, clinical process reengineering, relationship to system infrastructure preparation and system build, outcomes measurement, and impact of change on organizational climate. Prerequisites: HIM 6502 or permission of the department.
A foundational and practical introduction to the concepts of health care informatics and technology as it supports health care delivery, education, research, and administration. Focus will include the role and impact of the nurse informatician. Based on courses objectives, a minimum of 45 supervised practicum hours are required in collaboration with an appropriate agency and mentor.
Practical application of nursing informatics knowledge and skills. Based on course objectives, students select a practicum experience with an appropriate agency and mentor. Requires a minimum of 155 supervised practicum hours.
For additional information on this certificate program in an easy-to-read format, please read our Nursing Informatics Gainful Employment Disclosure notice.
* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.