Master of Science in Nursing Informatics

Format: Online

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. 

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  • The changing healthcare environment
  • The process for returning to school for a master's degree in nursing
  • How an online MS in Nursing degree at CUNY SPS can work for you

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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 2016, 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.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the NYS 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.

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Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an 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 three letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.

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

  • Hold an unencumbered nursing license and a current registration​
  • Completed an undergraduate Health Assessment course and an undergraduate pathophysiology course

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 three letters of recommendation from each a faculty member, nurse leader/immediate supervisor, and community leader
  • Submit a description of an evidence-based practice project completed in nursing school or in which you participated in the practice setting
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit a copy of your Registered Nursing License
  • Submit a copy of your current New York State RN Registration

Potential students may view the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook (PDF) here.

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

Applications for Spring 2019 are due by November 29, 2018

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