Master of Science in Nursing–Nursing Informatics (BSN to MSN option)
Information is power. The more data you have—and the better you are at analyzing that data—the more you can improve the health of individuals and populations. That’s where nursing informatics comes in. Healthcare settings thrive when data and information are at the center of decision-making.
Informatics nurse specialists play an integral role in boosting the level of care at a healthcare facility. An outstanding nurse informatics specialist combines nursing science with the ability to manage, analyze, and communicate knowledge and wisdom to drive better patient outcomes. They support evidence-based practice and policies backed by data—policies designed to improve the care of individuals and diverse populations.
These skills can help lead a changing healthcare industry in ways that are better for consumers, providers, patients, and populations.
Take your nursing career to the next level. Become a nursing informaticist!
Who the Program is For:
You’re a nurse. You’re busy. You’re committed to your patients, to your team, and to your career—and you want a master’s degree that will give you the tools to be your very best and that you can earn in a way that fits a nurse’s lifestyle.
You need flexibility in scheduling and organizing your academic work. You need to be able to study on your schedule at a pace personalized for your demanding lifestyle. And most importantly, you need a program that is respected by employers and provides contemporary knowledge you will use immediately. This program is for you!
WGU’s CCNE-accredited* online master’s degree in nursing informatics is designed for working nurses who already have their BSN and want to apply nursing informatics knowledge, concepts, and tools in designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating healthcare information technology that supports nursing practice. (Not yet a BSN? Check out the RN-to-MSN option.)
This program is designed for:
- Registered nurses (RNs) with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and a current, unencumbered RN license who wish to move into nursing informatics.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
- Nurses who love numbers almost as much as they love their patients.
While you should plan to commit 20 hours a week to your studies, the degree program is flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
First things first: What is nursing informatics? Simply put, it’s the juncture of information technology, medical practice, and medical research. It uses data, statistics, and research to make smart decisions that improve healthcare.
In a survey of 576 healthcare professionals, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society found that respondents overwhelmingly felt informatics nurses had a significant impact on the quality of care patients receive, especially on implementation, optimization, workflow, and patient safety.
As a WGU MSN–Nursing Informatics student, you’ll learn to collect, manage, and analyze data to communicate crucial information and make important decisions. That’s not to say it’s all about math: It’s about interpreting and analyzing data, not crunching numbers.
This program consists of 36 competency units (CUs, our equivalent to the traditional credit hour), including a capstone project.
Key Subject Areas
The courses you will complete in this program:
Professional Presence and Influence
Translational Research for Practice and Populations
Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology
Organizational Leadership and Interprofessional Team Development
Pathopharmacological Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
Comprehensive Health Assessment for Patients and Populations
Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice Field Experience
Policy, Politics, and Global Health Trends
Nursing Informatics Specialization
Foundations in Nursing Informatics
Data Science and Analytics
System Analysis and Design
Data Modeling & Database Management
Nursing Informatics Field Experience
Nursing Informatics Capstone
Field Experience and Capstone Project
WGU’s master’s degree in Nursing Informatics includes a simulation-based field experience and a capstone project both designed to showcase what you’ve learned throughout the program. These projects will include work that you will complete in the real-world clinic or facility where you are employed.