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Nursing Informatics Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Harness data to improve health care

You see technology transforming health care and you want to be a part of it. Our MSN in Nursing Informatics will help you gain the skills and expertise to influence that transformation. In this CCNE-accredited* program you’ll delve into the impact of health informatics on patient care, cost and change management, and operational efficiencies. You’ll also learn strategic planning, decision-making, and clinical project management. If you have your BSN and you want to leverage data to improve patient outcomes, the MSN in Nursing Informatics is designed for you.

*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education  (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • CCNE accredited*
  • 7 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 2 Practicum courses
  • 54 Total credits (12 max transfer)

Classes Start January 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

With FlexPath, you can earn your MSN in 12 months and under $11,000.*

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

MSN in Nursing Informatics program highlights

Reduce your tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $3K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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Flexible

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Professional partnerships

More than 600 organizations—including corporations, health care organizations, and community colleges—invest in their employees by recommending Capella education programs.

96% of Nursing alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2017-2018

Free HIMSS membership

Capella is an academic organizational affiliate with Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Enrollment in our program provides you with a free HIMSS membership.

Practicum experience

Our integrated capstone and practice immersion allows you to work with an organization to solve real-world informatics challenges.

Cost & learning formats

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$18,270$23,490* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$435 per credit, 54 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$8,100$18,900* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,700 per 12-week billing session, 27 total program points, 6 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

"FlexPath provided freedom to work full time while pursuing my degree full time, and that made it an extremely easy choice for me."

Stefanie Smoot*, MSN
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment process.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

MSN in Nursing Informatics sample courses

Our competency-based MSN in Nursing Informatics program is shaped by industry leaders and examines data and its impact on workflow, change management, and the health information system life cycle.

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MSN6410
Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics

Throughout the course, learners analyze the roles, theories, ethical implications, and standards of nursing informatics practice. Learners identify the rules, regulations, and current trends that govern professionals in the field. In addition, learners examine the evolution and perspectives of nursing informatics and apply knowledge and skills needed to lead and support improvements in health care. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits
MSN6412 *
Analysis of Clinical Information Systems and Application to Nursing Practice

In this course, learners analyze the various aspects of clinical information systems to deliver quality health care. In particular, learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to effectively plan, design, and implement health/clinical information systems within nursing practice. Learners also apply evidence-based informatics strategies to effect improved clinical outcomes. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6410.

4 quarter credits
MSN6414 *
Advancing Health Care Through Data Mining

Learners in this course analyze and validate data and demonstrate the ability to act as key drivers in nursing informatics. Throughout the course, learners develop databases to enhance decision-making capabilities that improve clinical outcomes in multiple health care environments. In addition, learners examine the implications of data use related to responsibility, accountability, and dissemination. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6410.

4 quarter credits
MSN6416 *
Managing the Nursing Informatics Life Cycle

In this course, learners evaluate the typical life cycle of implementation, testing, evaluating, and supporting both hardware and software applications. Learners also apply project and change management principles in relation to the life cycle of a health care information system. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6410 and MSN6412.

4 quarter credits
MSN6016
Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care

In this course, learners develop and demonstrate competence in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interprofessional quality improvement initiatives. Learners investigate models for quality improvement, with an emphasis on outcome identification and measurement. Learners also examine quality within the context of patient safety through adverse event and near-miss analyses.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

Our online MSN in Nursing Informatics will prepare you to leverage data to improve health care outcomes, costs, and efficiencies.

  • Data analytics & application
  • Workflow optimization
  • Technology integration
  • Health informatics best practices

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Faculty

Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Capstone mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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MSN in Nursing Informatics professional paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with an MSN in Nursing Informatics.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Director of clinical informatics
  • Clinical analyst
  • Consultant
  • Clinical informatics specialist
  • Chief nursing informatics officer
  • Nurse manager
  • Director of nursing
  • Clinical manager
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse supervisor

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Health insurance company
  • Ambulatory care office
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Home health care agency
  • Community or technical college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Government - local, state, federal
  • Consulting Firm

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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