COLLEGE OF NURSING
When you apply to complete your online MS in Nursing with a concentration in Health Care Informatics through CU Anschutz, you can trust that you are making a great professional decision. Our graduates seek career opportunities in hospitals,
primary care facilities, specialist offices, health technology companies, and consulting firms.
We are a fully accredited program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In addition, we have been offering online nursing degrees for more than twenty years, and we provide outstanding instruction that is determined by your own background and experience. Instead of teaching through video lectures and narrated presentations, we provide learning guides to take you through the content for each course and how to achieve the learning outcomes. The learning guide is tailored for those who are new to the field and those that may already be practicing in informatics. Based on your existing knowledge and familiarity with the topic at hand, each learner creates their own learning pathway to achieve course outcomes.
The curriculum provides students with the essential knowledge and skills for an informatics specialist role. It is built upon broad precepts and concepts from the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of nursing informatics Practice and the competencies and foundational domains put forth by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for graduate level education in health informatics.
The core informatics courses provide learners with a framework for information management and decision support, nursing and health care terminologies and the life cycle of an information system. A practicum that focuses on a particular role in informatics is also arranged in the learner’s own community. All of these components form the core structure of our informatics curriculum. In addition, learners select two specialty courses that round out their program plan. These specialty courses focus on database management, knowledge management, human computer interaction design and digital health tools such as mobile apps, wearable sensors, patient portals, and smart houses.
The coursework is entirely online and students from anywhere in the world are eligible for discounted tuition that is the same as tuition for in-state students! You have seven years to complete your degree, but a full time student who takes two courses per semester can finish in two years, and most of our part-time students finish within three to four years.
The career outlook for this kind of degree is exciting. You can go into positions such as clinical analyst, nursing informatics specialist, implementation specialist, project management and other administrative roles such Director of Clinical Informatics or even a Chief Nursing Information Officers. Can you picture yourself in these roles?
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus.
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student.
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
Health Care Informatics specialists play a vital role in our health care ecosystem. They have many roles, depending on where they are employed and what their position is within the organization, but their primary focus is on harnessing the power of digital
health tools to provide safe and quality patient centric care . The power of health information technology is the collection and translation of data into information and knowledge to support clinical and administrative decision making in an organization.
These tools allow the creation of a patient centered ecosystem that engages patients, families and caregivers with their health care providers to ensure better health, better care and lower costs.
Informaticists can be employed in hospitals, specialists’ offices, primary care facilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and insurance companies. Many are employed as analysts, trainers, nursing/clinical informatics specialists, project managers, director of clinical informatics, telehealth coordinators and even Chief Nursing Informatics Officers.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics categorizes Health Informatics specialists as part of Medical and Health Services Management, and identifies the median pay in the field as $98,350 per year, as of 2017. BLS also anticipates much faster than average growth in this field in the next 10 years.
Here are some of the career opportunities that you could expect after graduation:
As a student in the online Informatics program, you will take the required courses in the MS in Nursing, the Informatics core including a preceptored internship, and two speciality courses. The required MS course provide you to learn how research, theory and policy will serve as a foundation to your informatics practice. The Informatics core provides you with a framework for information management and decision support, nursing and health care terminologies, and the life cycle of an information system. Specialty courses are chosen based on your personal career goals and fields of study. As part of the Informatics core, you will participate in a preceptored internship for hands-on experience that allows you to apply your knowledge and skills to real world informatics problems.
We help you find your practicum by utilizing our extensive network of professional connections.
|NURS 6009 - Theory Foundations for Advanced Nursing|
The course provides an introduction to nursing's philosophical, ethical, and theoretical frameworks as guides for practice. Nursing theories, grand, middle-range, and ways of knowing will be analyzed. Students will develop a beginning model for practice based on their nursing philosophy.
|NURS 6286 - Foundations of Health Care Informatics|
Introductory course focusing on core concepts, skills, tools that define the informatics field, including the examination of health information technologies to promote safety, improve quality, foster consumer centered care and efficiency.
|Informatics Core Course|
NURS 6794 - Decision Support
Course that focuses on the identification, acquisition, analysis, interpretation and application of data. Application of decision-making strategies for advanced practice nurses will be emphasized in the areas of quality management and clinical decision support. Information management tools will be explored.
|Informatics Core Course|
NURS 6274 -Semantic Representation
Course that introduces the concept of classifying nursing phenomena to facilitate data management and retrieval. Topics include: minimum data sets, nursing language, classification systems and vocabularies, and relates each topic to nursing practice, administration and research.
Master of Science in Nursing Leadership
Master of Science in Nursing Practitioner
Bachelor in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (MS-PhD)