The American Sentinel MSN, nursing informatics specialization, prepares experienced nurses to manage health information systems critical to the mission of health care delivery systems. Nurses will develop expertise in clinical and administrative systems, data management and data mining for improved patient care, and information systems project management.
The nursing informatics degree emphasizes understanding the infrastructure necessary to improve practice while safeguarding the security and privacy of data. Graduates will be prepared to assume critical roles managing health information systems in ambulatory, acute and long-term care settings, as well as the public health environment.
Students graduating with American Sentinel’s CCNE-accredited MSN, nursing informatics specialization, complete 36 credit hours of course work. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.
Our rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of issues in nursing and health care, giving nurses the foundation and skills to expand their practice. Here are a few of the MSN degree program’s key courses:
- Clinical and Administrative Systems (508PE) provides the foundation of clinical information collection, processing, recording, and use to support decision-making in healthcare environments. Emphasis will be placed on compliance with regulatory standards and safety and quality implement efforts. This course includes practice experience hours.
- Health Care Informatics (N535PE) explores development and utilization of health care informatics in the administration of health care agencies and institutions. Focuses on the acquisition of clinical and financial information, information processing, analysis and reporting, and informatics trends. This course includes practice experience hours.
- Informatics Capstone (N555IPE) is the culminating experience for the nursing informatics specialization student. The student develops a detailed plan for evaluating, contracting and implementing a new technology in a health care organization, demonstrating mastery of the nursing informatics specialization objectives.
The nursing programs at American Sentinel University contain practice experiences. This is done to meet the accreditor requirement that RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN or DNP programs include practice experiences in the curricula to enable students to achieve the required educational competencies (AACN White Paper, Oct. 2012; DNP Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, 2006; ACEN 2013 Standards). These practice experiences have specific objectives, expected outcomes and competencies.
Practice experiences are not like the clinical experiences you completed to obtain your degree as a registered nurse. Practice experiences do not involve hands-on patient care. They are designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply the concepts and knowledge you learn in the nursing courses.
Nursing Informatics Specialization Learning Outcomes
Graduates of master’s in nursing informatics, will be able to:
- Utilize informatics in health care settings to improve patient outcomes.
- Evaluate applications that acquire, process and report clinical and financial information.to enhance patient care.
- Demonstrate data management skills that target opportunities to improve patient safety.
- Develop a detailed project management plan for evaluating, contracting and implementing new technologies to improve health outcomes and reduce risk.