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MSN + MSIS: Data Analytics Dual Degree, Master's


The MSN/MSIS Dual Degree in Data Analytics program will prepare you for exciting careers in either healthcare or information technology sectors. Your training will teach you to analyze data and help inform processes at a high level in healthcare.

  • Graduates of our program 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 data analytics and nursing sciences affords the individual a theoretical understanding of nursing as a scientific, technologic, and practice discipline.
  • The ultimate synthesis of these knowledge bases produces a graduate who can not only assume a health data analytics role, but also can impact the intersection of biomedical science, systems design, predictive modeling, and clinical nursing.

Upon graduation, MSN/MSIS Dual Degree in Data Analytics graduates are eligible to apply for Nursing Informatics 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 (dependent on seat availability in the desired track)
  • Part-time students can complete the program in three calendar years

Online or hybrid/Flex courses*

  • Complete core courses completely online or in hybrid/Flex format
  • Advanced core and specialty/clinical courses are in a hybrid format
  • Hybrid/Flex courses meet, at most, one night per week from 5-9pm at the Center Valley campus

*Online courses may be either completely asynchronous or utilize some synchronous online meetings, depending on course

Important Program Information

Admissions Requirements

MSN Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • An active registered nurse license or eligibility for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. New Jersey licensure as a registered nurse is also required prior to beginning the clinical sequence for all MSN programs.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of 12 months full-time nursing practice within the last three (3) years
  • For the Post-Graduate Certification Programs, evidence of a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a practicing licensed registered nurse within the past two (2) years

How to Apply

*For applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, completion of the GRE or MAT will be required to be considered for admission to the program

*International applicants (regardless of citizenship) for whom English is a second language must submit English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, iBT, IELTS, or CAE) as part of their application. An official copy of test results must be sent by the testing agency directly to the Division of Nursing at DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034. Visit the following websites for up-to-date information:

* All exams must have been taken within two years of application to a DeSales program.

MSN degree applicants are admitted on a rolling basis up until the following deadlines:

  • The deadline is May 15 for a July (Summer semester) start
  • The deadline is June 15 for an August (Fall semester) start
  • The deadline is November 15 for a January (Winter semester) start
  • The deadline is February 15 for an April (Spring semester) start

The admission process and entrance requirements are rigorous; demonstrating minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the MSN program.

Additional admission requirements for the MSN/MSIS Dual Degree in Data Analytics program:

In addition to meeting the admissions requirements to the MSN program, the admission requirements for the MSN/MSIS Dual Degree in Data Analytics program include: 

  • Meeting the admissions requirements to the MSIS program
  • Completing the necessary online applications to both the MSN and MSIS programs, uploading all supplemental items to the MSN application.


The curriculum for the MSN/MSIS Dual Degree in Data Analytics program combines an exciting blend of theoretical and applied learning. 

 Core Graduate Nursing Courses

  • NU 522: Health Policy, Organization, and Financing
  • NU 530: Applied Research
  • NU 536: Clinical Prevention in Population Health
  • NU 538: Health Informatics, Quality and Safety

Healthcare Information Management Courses

  • IT 507: Object Oriented Programming
  • IT 511: Database Management
  • IT 513: Database Mining and Visualization
  • IT 526: Data Communication Networks
  • IT 532: Systems Analysis & Design
  • IT 541: Decision Support Systems
  • IT 553: Statistical Analysis and Predictive Modeling
  • IT 562: Data Analytics

Specialty/Clinical Practicum Courses

  • NU 724: Nursing Informatics Practicum I
  • NU725: Nursing Informatics Practicum II
  • NU 799: Capstone Portfolio

MSN in Nursing Informatics Curriculum Summary

  • 14 Courses plus Portfolio
  • 45 credits
  • 450 Clinical Practicum Hours

*View all required courses, course credits, course descriptions, and program outcomes in the Graduate Catalog.

MSN/MSIS Dual Degree in Data Analytics Concentration Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the MSN/MSIS Dual Degree in Data Analytics Program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate an inner core of Christian humanistic values that guide the student's professional and personal decisions. [MSN Program Outcome #1, 2]
  2. Integrate legal, ethical, regulatory, technical, and professional standards into the analysis healthcare information. [MSN Program Outcome #2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10]
  3. Apply principles of research, evidence based practice, quality improvement and safety methodologies in the evaluation and improvement of healthcare information systems. [MSN Program Outcome #3, 4, 7, 8, 9,10]
  4. Promote the use of consumer tools for healthcare informatics to foster healthy lifestyles. [MSN Program Outcome #3, 4, 7, 8, 9]
  5. Develop expertise in process change, resource utilization, collaboration, communication, and administrationtopositively impact direct care outcomes. [MSN Program Outcome #8, 9]
  6. Apply design-thinking to nursing practice[MSN Program Outcome #4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
  7. Integrate the theory and knowledge from the disciplines of nursing and information systems in responding to challenges of an increasingly complex intersection of clinical innovation and technology. [MSN Program Outcome #9]
  8. Participate in the development and evaluation of healthcare technology policy at the local and national level. [MSN Program Outcome #5]
  9. Integrate an advanced understanding of nursing science, computer science, information science, and data analytics in the professional practice of nursing. [MSN Program Outcome #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

Academic Catalog

Graduation Requirements

Course Sequencing

Courses toward the MSN + MSIS: Data Analytics Dual Degree are offered through both the Division of Nursing and the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Program. Normally, the MSIS Healthcare Information Management Concentration courses follow core courses in the MSN Program. Finally, a sequence of clinical practicum courses completes the degree requirements. 


DeSales University is home to some of the most advanced simulation technology in a university setting.

Simulation captures the key characteristics and behaviors of real life clinical events and gives students the opportunity to practice clinical skills, repeat procedures, fine-tune processes, and observe the impact of their choices — all without harm to patients. 

Human Patient Simulator Lab

The DeSales family of Human Patient Simulators (HPS)

HPS, also known as high-fidelity manikins, are life-like models of the human body with software/computer equipment components to mimic human bodily functions. The HSC maintains several HPSs, including a pregnant mother and new-born infant.

Clinical Skills Lab 

Our clinical skills suite provides both a 12 bed in-patient and a 12 bed out-patient practice environment. Students can practice a wide variety of clinical skills with low fidelity mannequins. Task Trainers help students gain expertise in technical procedures and clinical skills such as foley catheter placement or pelvic examination for undergraduate students and more advanced skills such as central line placement or peripheral IV insertion, for our graduate students.

Standardized Patient Program

This on-campus suite replicates a functioning healthcare office, complete with a waiting room, and 8 fully equipped examination rooms. Standardized Patients are real people who are specially-trained to portray different patient scenarios, where they are treated as real patients by DeSales students. They actively participate in the instruction, practice, and assessment of the physical examination skills of our students, nurses, and physician assistants. Become a standardized patient 

Education Management

Our Education Management Solutions, Inc. system (EMS) provides a comprehensive solution for the labs;. Digital AV software and hardware allow faculty to capture both the simulations and standardized patient environments for further review. The results provide a digital video record of individual and team performance, which assist in evaluating a student’s performance when faced with realistic clinical challenges.

Simulation Lab in Gambet Center at DeSales The labs in the Gambet Center are outfitted with audio-video technology as well as integrated simulation management and skills evaluation software to allow the instructors to manage clinical skills training and patient exam protocols.

Video: See the Sim Center in Action  


Careers & Internships

Data Analytics is one of the fastest growing niche fields for nurses across the US.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019), the job market in the data analytics field is expected to grow by 12% between 2018 and 2028, a rate that is faster than average. Graduates of the MSN/MSIS Dual Degree will be prepared for positions that include:

  • Data manager or consultant
  • Data architect
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Healthcare data analyst
  • Clinical decision analyst
  • Clinical decision support leader
  • Nurse Informaticist

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are as follows.

  • Tuition/credit hour: $910*
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Re-admission Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Laboratory Fee: $250**
  • Returned Check Service: $30

*Tuition costs will remain the same for the 2022-2023 academic year. Tuition costs are subject to change with notice.
**Laboratory fees are due on registration for: NU 551, NU 552, NU 553, NU 622, NU 625, NU 711, NU 712, NU 713, NU 715, NU 717, NU 719, NU 729, NU 731, NU 735, NU 737, NU 739, NU 742, NU 743, NU 744

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

The refund policy is based upon the number of classes held up to 
the date of withdrawal.

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded
  • >Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

Available Scholarship Opportunities

Veteran & Military Student Discount Program

Beginning Spring of 2023, DeSales University will match the Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program (T.A.) of $250/credit, or $750 for a three-credit course. The TA match discount program will be available to students who are currently serving on military active duty, National Guard, Reserve service members, and to eligible spouses or dependents. Adult Studies students eligible for TA match discount program will receive a combined $1,500 course credit against an approximately $1,600 course cost.

For more information, contact the Office of Veterans and Military Services

*Veteran & Military discount match is not applicable for the Accelerated BSN program nor combinable with additional DeSales University discount offerings.


Online Learning at DeSales

Attending classes from an off-campus location can be an excellent option for many busy students. Distance education at DeSales encompasses everything from video conference courses to hybrid (a combination of in-class and online) to online courses. 

Blackboard Learn™ is our online learning system.

Learn About Online Learning at DeSales

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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