RN to BS-MS in Nursing Informatics (Accelerated)

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2020 Deadline: June 8, 2020

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 RN to BS-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 quality and safety to enhance 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. 

Dual Degree

The RN to BS-MS in Nursing Informatics is a dual degree program that provides a seamless progression (and “fast track”) from the BS to MS programs. The program’s overlapping coursework allows students to complete both degrees within an integrated framework and in less time than each degree completed on its own.

Career 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.

Graduates of the RN to BS-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 and potentially eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center Informatics Nursing Certification Examination.

Completion Rates

CUNY SPS RN-BS benchmark for program completion rates:

  • 75% of students will complete the RN- BS program within five years.
  • 2014 cohort completion rate is 78%

Job Placement Statistics

Undergraduate Program Outcome: 80% of RN-BS alumni will report employment as a RN within six months.

  • 2018 – 90%
  • 2017 – 92%
  • 2016 – 95%
  • 2015 – 95%

Accreditation

CCNE Accreditation SealThe RN to BS-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. 

Prior Learning Assessment

CUNY SPS accepts selected nursing certifications for evaluation for college credit. Evaluations represent recommendations of potential credit available for degree program planning purposes.

The certification must be current in order for the student to be eligible for credit. Students are not required to have any additional review or to have the credit transcribed on a transcript for CUNY SPS to evaluate.

Credentials that have been evaluated for college credit.

Please be advised that Supporting Documentation must be submitted and includes:

  1. An official letter on the organization’s letterhead attesting to the certification provided in a sealed envelope OR
  2. Certificate of the selected nursing certification with the organization’s letterhead.
  3. The letter/certificate needs to include the following information
    • Name of individual
    • Identifier such as individual’s date of birth or last four digits of social security number
    • Indication of successful completion of examination
    • Title and date of certification
    • Length of certification/date the certification expires.

Prospective students and applicants should schedule a meeting with their academic advisor to obtain an unofficial credit evaluation. Visit Credit for non-collegiate prior learning for more information or contact us at pla@sps.cuny.edu.

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

Joanne Lavin
Professor, EdD, Nursing Education
Teachers College Columbia University
Associate Director – Undergraduate

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

Jan Kaminsky
Assistant Professor, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate

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

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

Eileene Shake
Professor, DNP, Organizational Leadership
University of South Carolina
Undergraduate & Graduate

Admissions Criteria

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

  • Associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or above out of a 4.0
  • Unencumbered nursing license and a current registration
  • Admission essay highlighting education and career achievement, including 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
  • A description of an evidence-based practice project completed in nursing school or in the practice setting
  • Resume

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, or deferred action status by the U.S. Government

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

Students may view the Undergraduate Nursing Student Policies Handbook (PDF).

Complete list of the online nursing degrees offered at CUNY SPS.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2020 Deadline: June 8, 2020
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June 24, 2020

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to announce that its masters’ of science nursing degree programs were granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and its bachelors’ of science nursing programs were granted re-accreditation.

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Dr. Lilly Mathew Attends Selective Nursing Research Boot Camp

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The CUNY School of Professional Studies is proud to announce that Dr. Lilly Mathew, associate professor of nursing informatics, attended the National Institute of Nursing Research's intensive research Precision Health boot camp in Bethesda, Maryland.