Health Informatics

The health informatics major in the MSN Program prepares students to develop knowledge and skills in clinical information systems, analytics, project management, and a variety of technologies. Knowledge builds on concepts of data-information-knowledge meta-structures and incorporates systems lifecycle planning and expert clinical domain modeling. The rigorous program combines online instruction with one campus session each semester. The final course in this major (Nursing 725, Synthesis of Specialty Practice) is an intensive individualized practicum in a health care organization (minimum of 224 practicum hours) in which students complete a project under the mentorship of an experienced informatics clinician.

The increasing reliance of health care systems on information technology (IT) has created new opportunities for nursing informatics specialists who have expertise in both nursing practice and health care IT. Masters-prepared nurse informaticists play key roles in the development and implementation of health care IT systems in health care organizations and hospital systems, IT companies and as consultants. Annual salaries for nurse informaticists are on the rise; the average salary in 2020 was over $100,000 according to a workforce survey conducted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.  


  • Most students are employed full-time and find that although they are busy as graduate students at DUSON, they can successfully manage the course workload.
  • Innovative and personalized instruction using synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods with on-campus opportunities.
  • Collaboration and mentorship from Multi-disciplinary faculty with nationally recognized expertise in nursing and biomedical informatics.
  • Emphasis on clinical informatics, leadership, and real-world application.
  • Diverse and applied to learning activities throughout the curriculum. Practicum experience facilitates the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in the nurse informaticist role.
  • Students completing the program will be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) generalist exam for nursing informatics and/or the AMIA Certified Health Informatics Certification (AHIC), American Medical Informatics Association, advanced informatics certification for mid-career clinicians with informatics experience and a graduate degree in informatics.
  • Matriculation includes two doctoral-level courses, Leadership and Quality Improvement, which serve as a bridge to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
  • 38 credit hours.

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Learn more about our MSN-Informatics Curriculum.


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