MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management

The MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management program prepares graduates for employment in healthcare information management positions found throughout the healthcare and technology sectors.

Graduates possess sophisticated knowledge of the bioinformatics and information science required to provide leadership to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate healthcare technology services and applications.  The management focus of this curriculum assists in the development of knowledge and skills required of leadership positions in the healthcare arena.  The concurrent development of an expertise in the nursing sciences allows the individual to develop a theoretical understanding of nursing as both a scientific and practice discipline.

The ultimate synthesis of these knowledge bases will produce a graduate who not only can assume a leadership role but also can impact the relationships between science, information, technology, and clinical practice.  Graduates will be prepared to analyze health information, propose system alternatives, implement user-training strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical information systems in health care.

Christian moral and ethical principles serve as the guide for communication, collaboration, and decision-making.

Upon graduation, MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management graduates are eligible to apply for Informatics Nursing certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Full-time or part-time class schedules

  • Full-time students can complete the program in two calendar years

  • Part-time students can complete the program in three calendar years

Online, in-class, and hybrid courses

  • Complete all courses completely online, on campus, or in hybrid format 

Clinical Placements coordinated by the University

  • Student placements are arranged by the Clinical Liaison and Clinical Faculty in nationally-ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond

Program Summary

Courses: 14 courses + Capstone Portfolio
Total Credit Hours: 45
Clinical Practicum Hours: 450

Sample Part-time Plan*

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
YEAR 1

NU 522 Health Policy    3 cr.

NU 538 Health Informatics 3 cr.

NU 536 Population Health  3 cr.

IT 580 Intro to Healthcare Information Technologies  3 cr.

NU 530 Applied Research 3 cr.
YEAR 2

IT 511 Database Management  cr.

IT 513 Data Mining & Visualization 3 cr.

IT 532 Systems Analysis & Design  3 cr.

IT 541 Decision Support Systems  3 cr.
YEAR 3

IT 562 Data Analytics 3 cr.

CR 505 Organization Management 3 cr.

NU 724 Nursing Informatics Practicum I 4cr./225 hrs.

HC 503 Legal Aspects of Health Systems Management  3 cr.

NU 726 Nursing Informatics Practicum II 4 cr./225 hrs.

NU 799 Capstone Portfolio  1 cr.


 *This is a sample only. Upon full acceptance to the program, students will consult with their assigned advisor to determine a plan based on seat availability, semester start and individual needs.

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MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Information Management Program Description

MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management program prepares graduates for employment in healthcare information management positions found throughout the healthcare and technology sectors.  Graduates possess sophisticated knowledge of the bioinformatics and information science required to provide leadership to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate healthcare technology services and applications.  The management focus of this curriculum assists in the development of knowledge and skills required of leadership positions in the healthcare arena.  The concurrent development of an expertise in the nursing sciences allows the individual to develop a theoretical understanding of nursing as both a scientific and practice discipline.  The ultimate synthesis of these knowledge bases will produce a graduate who not only can assume a leadership role but also can impact the relationships between science, information, technology, and clinical practice.  Graduates will be prepared to analyze health information, propose system alternatives, implement user-training strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical information systems in health care. Christian moral and ethical principles serve as the guide for communication, collaboration, and decision-making.

Students complete two informatics practica courses (450 practicum hours) that serve to synthesize the nursing and information science curricula.  The practicum will be designed based upon individual student needs for further development and mastery of the competencies.  Upon graduation, MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management graduates are eligible to apply for Informatics Nursing certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

 
Sequencing

Courses toward the MSN in Nursing Informatics degree with Certification in Information Management are offered through the Department of Nursing and Health, the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Program, and the Master of Business Administration Program. MSIS core and healthcare information management concentration courses and MBA support courses follow core and advanced core courses in the MSN Program. Finally, a sequence of clinical practicum courses complete the degree requirements. 

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management Program, graduates will:

1. Demonstrate an inner core of Christian humanistic values that guide the student's professional and personal decisions. [MSN Program Outcome # 1]

2. Apply ethical standards to investigative forensics activities across all practice settings. [MSN Program Outcome #2]

3. Apply principles of forensics and law to the practice of nursing. [MSN Program Outcome #6, 7, 9]

4. Evaluate violence and its consequences in our communities, defining and participating in opportunities that require the unique contribution of nurses. [MSN Program Outcome #3, 4, 7 ,9]

5. Develop expertise in resource utilization, collaboration, and communication that positively impact investigative outcomes. [MSN Program Outcome #4, 6, 7, 10]

6. Integrate the theory and knowledge from the disciplines of nursing and criminal justice in responding to challenges of an increasingly complex intersection of the legal and health care systems. [MSN Program Outcome #3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

7. Participate in the development and evaluation of health policy as it serves to benefit victims of violence. [MSN Program Outcome #5]

8. Integrate an advanced understanding of the use of technology and information systems in the criminal investigative field. [MSN Program Outcome #8]

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