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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  (

At a Glance

  • Online
  • Flexpath available
  • CCNE accredited*
  • 8 core courses
  • 5 specialization courses
  • Practicum
  • 54 total credits (12 max transfer)

Classes Start November 4th

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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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

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$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*
$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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Principles of Nursing Informatics

Learners in this course apply the framework for nursing professionals who are interested in entering the field of health informatics and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary for certification. Throughout the course, learners analyze the roles, theories, and standards of nursing informatics practice, as well as examine the rules, regulations, and current trends that govern professionals in the field.

4 quarter credits
MSN6412 *
Health Informatics Systems Planning, Analysis, Design, and Build for Nursing

In this course, learners analyze and synthesize the various aspects of health/clinical information systems used by nurses to deliver quality health care. In particular, learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to effectively plan, design, build, and implement health/clinical information systems within nursing practice. Learners also demonstrate knowledge of electronic medical records and the importance of accurate workflow application. Prerequisite(s): MSN6410.

4 quarter credits
MSN6414 *
Data Management and Health Care Technology

Learners in this course analyze the use of data and databases as key drivers in nursing informatics. Throughout the course, learners demonstrate competence in managing and interpreting data in a way that enhances their roles and decision-making capabilities in today’s health care technology environments. 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. Prerequisite(s): MSN6410 and MSN6412.

4 quarter credits
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.

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.


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 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 (

Chart your nursing success

The Spectrum of Informatics in Health Care

How health care and nursing informatics connect.

What is a Nurse Informaticist?

Discover what skills are needed to join the field of nursing informatics.

Using Informatics to Influence and Inspire Patient Care

A Capella nursing student shares his story.

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*

  • Chief nursing informatics officer
  • Manager, health outcomes analytics
  • Clinical informatics coordinator
  • Clinical workflow analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Clinical systems team manager
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Project manager for electronic health records implementation
  • Clinical informatics analyst

Related employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Hospital-based school of nursing
  • Private practice
  • Insurance company
  • Long-term care facility
  • Home health care agency
  • Collaborative medical practice
  • Medical center
  • Community health agency
  • Private health records company
  • College or university

*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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