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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 January 7th

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

With FlexPath, you can earn your MSN in 12 months for $10,000.*

*Based on fastest 10 percent 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 fess may apply.

MSN in Nursing Informatics Program Highlights


You may be eligible for a scholarship to help advance your nursing career with MSN or RN-to-MSN program options.

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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
$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) 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*
$2,500 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 (PLA) process.

Employer & Association Discounts

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

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.

Course Number Course Title
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

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


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

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.

Capstone Mentors

You’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor early in your program to help you move toward completion of your capstone project.

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 (

Chart Your Nursing Success

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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*

  • 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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