RN-to-MSN Nursing Informatics MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Harness data to improve health care

You see technology transforming health care and you want to be a part of it. In our CCNE-accredited*, online RN-to-MSN in Nursing Informatics program, you can go directly from your RN to your master’s without having to earn a BSN beforehand. 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.

*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*
  • 3 Bridge courses
  • 7 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 2 Practicum courses
  • 66 Total credits (12 max transfer)

Classes Start July 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.

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice.

Capella’s MSN FlexPath program is the first of its kind. No other university offers an MSN with this type of groundbreaking learning format.

RN-to-MSN in Nursing Informatics program highlights

Reduce your tuition by 30%

Enroll in an eligible program and apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to save 30% on your master's degree.

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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.

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.

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

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2017–2018

Practicum experience

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

Meet your MSN faculty

Our distinguished MSN faculty are industry leaders, bringing real-world relevance into the courseroom to enrich your education, and career.

JoAnn Manty, DNP, MSN

MSN Core Faculty

Marylee Bressie, DNP, MSN

MSN Core Faculty

Adriane Stasurak, DNP, MSN

MSN Core Faculty

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

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


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

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
$435 per credit, 66 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Take one or two courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 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, 33 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.

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. 

Save 30% off your master's

Apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to receive 30% off the cost of tuition.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

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

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).

RN-to-MSN in Nursing Informatics sample courses

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

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MSN5003 *
Health Assessment and Promotion for Disease Prevention in Population-Focused Health

In this course, learners apply concepts, frameworks, and models used to foster health promotion and disease prevention, particularly in diverse and vulnerable populations. Learners evaluate individual and population wellness from multicultural, ethnic, traditional, and spiritual perspectives. Learners examine factors that cause disparities in wellness among people in diverse and vulnerable populations. By analyzing effective health assessment methods and communication strategies, learners identify best practices for developing a population-focused approach to health promotion and disease prevention. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): NHS5004.

4 quarter credits
MSN5007 *
Leadership for Nursing Practice

In this course, learners examine and apply theoretical concepts and leadership competencies for nursing practice. Learners evaluate evidence-based best practices and behaviors that support effective nursing leadership in health care settings, and analyze strategies for coordination, delegation, and goal setting and performance improvement. Learners also assess concepts and principles of health care policy, legal and regulatory issues, and quality control in health care and the nursing profession. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in MSN5005.

4 quarter credits
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

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to as a leader in nursing informatics.

  • View clinical nursing practice through the lens of nursing informatics to improve the quality of patient care.
  • Learn to work with electronic health records to improve quality, safety and efficiency, and to reduce health disparities.
  • Use best practices in workflow, meaningful use, and influencing the health information system life cycle.
  • Restructure and optimize workflow using information technology by evaluating and eliminating inefficiencies.
  • Develop skills to decipher key information contained in data allowing you to influence nursing practice.

RN-to-MSN Nursing Informatics career insights

Difference Between Health Care and Nursing Informatics

How they’re related, and how they're different.

The Spectrum of Informatics in Health Care

Nursing, health care, and IT informatics roles.

What Is a Nurse Informaticist?

The perfect blend of patient care and IT expertise.

RN-to-MSN in Nursing Informatics professional paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with our online RN-to-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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