Master of Science in Nursing Informatics

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline: May 16, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline Extension: June 6, 2024

HEGIS Code: 1203.10

Nurse informatics specialists play a crucial role in all healthcare environments as they are charged with ensuring that the best available scientific data and technology are available to design and implement plans for patient care. Informatics nurses use, integrate, and analyze technology to make changes in nursing practice, advance health outcomes, and facilitate research and education.

The MS in Nursing Informatics online degree program guides nursing professionals to assess institutional data needs, manage data effectively, and improve patient care quality. In addition to taking courses focused on enhancing communication and patient outcomes, students enroll in a six-credit practicum to gain experience with compliance and accreditation mandates, staff education, and the design of new data management systems. 

Career Scope and Prospects

The American Medical Informatics Association estimated that up to 70,000 health informatics specialists will be needed across the healthcare system over the next several years.

According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), nearly half of nurse informaticists indicated having a salary of over $100,000 in 2017, which is a 13% increase from the salaries reported in 2014. Additionally, 53% of nurse informaticists with a post-graduate degree earned over $100,000 compared to the 37% of nurses who only held a bachelor’s degree.

Graduates of the MS in Nursing Informatics program are prepared for a number of employment opportunities such as Clinical Informatics Nurse, Informatics Nurse Specialist, Director of Clinical Informatics, and RN Clinical Applications Coordinator, as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center Informatics Nursing Certification Examination.

Completion Rates

CUNY SPS MS benchmark for program completion rates:

  • 75% of students will complete the MSN program within five years.
  • 75% of accelerated BS-MS students will complete the program within seven years.
  • There are no MS or BS-MS graduates as of the submission of this report.

Job Placement Statistics

Graduate program outcome: 80% or higher of Graduate Program alumni desiring a new position will report attainment within 12 months of graduation.

  • There are no graduates of the Master’s degree programs yet.

Accreditation

CCNE Accreditation SealThe MS in Nursing Informatics at CUNY School of Professional Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

This program is registered with the New York State Education Department. 

The Online MS in Nursing Program Scholarship

The Online MS in Nursing Program Scholarship provides financial, academic, and career support to workers in the healthcare system pursuing an advanced nursing degree at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Recipients of the scholarship will receive funding towards tuition in the semester for which they apply. Award amounts may vary based on financial need but are expected to be $1,320 for the semester.

View more information about this scholarship.

Meet our Faculty

Estimated number of adjunct faculty teaching in the program: 50

Margaret Reilly
Professor, DNS, Nursing Science
CUNY Graduate Center
Academic Director – Undergraduate & Graduate

Patricia Bartley-Daniele
Associate Professor, PhD, Nursing Education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Coordinator MS in Nursing Education
Undergraduate & Graduate

Kenya Harris
Professor, EdD, Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology
St. John’s University Nursing

Jan Oosting
Assistant Professor, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate

Anne Marie Leveille-Tulce
Assistant Professor, PhD, Nursing
CUNY Graduate Center
Undergraduate & Graduate

Kathleen Marsala-Cervasio
Associate Professor, EdD, Educational Leadership
Northcentral University

Lilly Mathew
Associate Professor, PhD, Nursing
University of Arizona
Coordinator MS in Nursing Informatics
Undergraduate & Graduate

Linda Paradiso
Assistant Professor, DNP, Nurse Executive
Old Dominion University

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be submitted before or after submitting an application. Please note that an individual interview may be necessary.

To qualify for admission to the MS in Nursing Informatics program, applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, with an accredited nursing program, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed undergraduate courses in Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Statistics, with grades of C or better. Applicants without this coursework may be admitted to the program conditionally and required to take the courses and achieve the grade standard, before matriculating.
  • Hold an unencumbered nursing license and a current registration​
  • Accepted students may complete these undergraduate requirements within the first year of the program

The online application requires students to:

  • Demonstrate the potential to successfully pursue graduate study through an admission essay highlighting education and career achievement. The essay should include specific examples of problem-solving while working in the practice setting, leadership experience at the bedside or in other settings, and professional and community awards
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from each, a nurse educator/nurse faculty and Supervisor/Manager
  • Submit a scholarly work consisting of a 2-page summary (maximum 1000 words, excluding title and reference page) on one of the following: Evidenced-Based Practice project, Research study, Practice Improvement Project, or Quality Improvement Project
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a copy of your Registered Nursing License

Residency Requirement*
In order to enroll in the RN to BS in Nursing program, students must provide documentation of one of the following categories:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Permanent Residency
  • Granted asylum, refugee status, temporary protected status, withholding of removal, deferred enforced departure, deferred action status by the U.S. Government, deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or permanently residing in the United States under color of law (PRUCOL)

*International students may enroll in fully online degree programs. However, our online programs do not qualify for student visas.

Graduate Nursing Student Policies Handbook (PDF)

Transfer Credits

Consistent with CUNY SPS policy, MS in Nursing programs will accept up to 12 credits of master’s in nursing graduate credits for transfer. Transfer credits will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine applicability to the MS in Nursing programs at CUNY SPS. There is no statute of limitation for transfer credits.

View the full list of the online nursing degrees offered at CUNY SPS.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline: May 16, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline Extension: June 6, 2024
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