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Nursing Informatics Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Play a Key Role in Improving Patient Care

Be on the forefront of an exciting career in nursing informatics and learn to improve the quality of patient care, reduce cost, and increase efficiencies. Capella’s CCNE-accredited* online MSN in Nursing Informatics helps you dive deep into best practices in health informatics essentials in workflow, meaningful use, change management, and influencing the health information system life cycle. This degree will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to influence strategic planning, decision-making, and clinical project management.

*The MSN degree program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 8 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Practicum

Classes Start July 9th

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Analyze & Use Data

View clinical nursing practice through the lens of nursing informatics to improve the quality of patient care.

Integrate Meaningful Use

Learn to work with electronic health records to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities.

Manage Systems Life Cycles

Use best practices in patient safety management, EMR integration, workflow, meaningful use, and influencing the health information system life cycle.

Optimize Workflow

Restructure and optimize workflow using information technology by evaluating and eliminating inefficiencies.

Integrate Technology into Nursing

You’ll learn to decipher key information contained in data allowing you to integrate it into nursing practice.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Integrated AACN Standards

Our curriculum incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

QSEN Competency

Our MSN in Nursing Informatics program is designed around Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies.

TIGER Competency

Our MSN in Nursing Informatics program is designed around Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) Initiative Informatics competencies.


Experience Immersive Learning

Gain real-world experience by practicing real-life scenarios within our Vila Health™ virtual health care environment. Then use those skills in your practicum as you gain the confidence to lead at the top of your field.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

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
$425 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 simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 27 total program points, 6 max transfer points

Get the Details

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

The FlexPath option for this program is not currently approved for federal financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

*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.

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

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.

Accredited & Respected

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 (

Sample Courses

Our online MSN in Nursing Informatics emphasizes best practices in health informatics, including workflow, meaningful use, change management, and influencing the health information system life cycle.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
MSN6410 Principles of Nursing Informatics
MSN6412 Health Informatics Systems Planning, Analysis, Design, and Build for Nursing
MSN6414 Data Management and Health Care Technology
MSN6416 Managing the Nursing Informatics Life Cycle
MSN6016 Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care

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 distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

The Spectrum of Informatics in Health Care

A quick guide to how health care and nursing informatics are related and how they're different.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our 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
  • 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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