The Nursing Informatics curriculum is interdisciplinary and a mix of informatics and other courses to build your informatics and leadership skills and systems-level thinking. Informatics-related courses range from systems analysis, programming, clinical decision support, standards and terminology for interoperability, and more. Most of the informatics courses are co-offered with the Biomedical Informatics Department allowing you to build interdisciplinary skills and broaden your horizon.
Our faculty are nationally-known nursing informatics leaders with practical and research experience at the University of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, and the VA. The faculty will work with you to identify experiences to match your interests.
* Tuition subject to change. See Tuition tab below for more information.
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This program can be completed in-person or as a UOnline student. Please note that some of the information on the program’s webpage may not apply to UOnline. To learn more about the difference between UOnline and on-campus programs, you can read more here. If you still have questions, please contact our UOnline team by filling out the "Want to Talk to Someone?" form on the website.
At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.
Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:
- Group assignments, where you collaborate via email, a discussion forum, or Zoom Web meetings to answer a problem set or design something new.
- Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
- Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.
- Periodic synchronous ‘lab’ sessions when students and faculty meet online for 1- 1.5 hours to engage in interactive learning to reinforce and supplement the online content.
Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:
- Communicate directly with the instructor via email.
- Participate in and guide online discussions.
- Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
- Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.
Master of Science in Nursing Informatics
The full-time program of study is 5 semesters (including the summer semester between year 1 and 2). Most students continue to work part- or full-time while in the program. Many transition to a new position with an informatics focus while in the program or soon after.
To graduate, the student must successfully complete the graduate nursing and informatics courses included in the program of study for the relevant year which is available at this link.
Total program tuition at current rates: $36,450 ($900 per credit x 40.5 credits).
- Tuition rate is current as of Fall 2022. Tuition is subject to change. Changes typically occur in the summer but can happen at any time.
- Please note tuition does not include additional fees such as online textbooks or proctored exams. Fees and materials vary by program. Please refer to the tuition estimator for a better idea of cost per semester.
An MS (Nursing Informatics) prepares you with analytic skills and knowledge to improve systems that support clinical decision making, bridge technology and patient care, and move into leadership roles that influence systems of care.
Nursing informatics is a dynamic, interdisciplinary healthcare specialty with no end to new opportunities and challenges as clinical and health IT systems evolve.
Nurse Informaticists practice wherever you find health information! Our graduates work for healthcare systems, public health, EHR/decision support vendors, software and analytic companies, and more.
Potential opportunities exist as a:
- Nurse informaticist
- Clinical system analyst
- Chief clinical informatics officer
- Any management role that requires informatics expertise
Go here for the most current details and links to apply to the program: Graduate admissions
The following are the minimum requirements needed to apply:
- Be licensed to practice as a registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse
- Completed application for graduate admission
- Transcripts from ANY and ALL colleges and universities attended, including the University of Utah, must be uploaded as part of the graduate application
- Evidence of a bachelor's degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited university or college, and a nationally accredited nursing school from either:
- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation (CCNE), or
- The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
- A current resume or curriculum vitae
- Three (3) professional references
- Professional goal statement
Nursing Informatics students are invited to apply to the following UOnline Experiences. For more information about this benefit of being a UOnline student, please visit our Experiences page.