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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 30, 2022
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing Informatics Concentration

Nursing informatics online concentration is a combination of cognitive science, computer science, information science, and nursing science. It includes the development, analysis, and evaluation of information systems augmented by technologies that support, enhance and manage patient care.

In practice, students have an opportunity to observe, apply, analyze, and practice processes and skills relevant to nursing informatics. The Nursing Informatics concentration stresses the development of leadership in nursing.

Career opportunities for graduates with this specialty are numerous. Informatics nurses are involved in practice, education, research, administration, and consultation and can work in public, private, or corporate settings. 

There are three different options in Nursing Informatics; a major: a minor, and Post-Professional certificate. All may be completed on a full or part-time basis.

Nursing Informatics Applicant Requirements

A baccalaureate degree in nursing from CCNE, ACCIS or ACEN [NLN] accredited program in nursing. An RN-Option, Early Admission to MSN/DNP is available for this MSN Area of Concentration. Other requirements for admission include an application, official transcripts, professional references, an essay, a resume/CV, a statistics course, and a copy of a current license to practice nursing in the state or U.S. territory where the clinical practicum requirements will be completed.

The nursing informatics area of concentration is only offered online. It can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The nursing informatics core serves as a basis for increasing the students’ knowledge of nursing theory and research, health care outcomes, and nursing informatics. The nursing informatics core includes course work in introduction to informatics, clinical information systems, database management, evaluation of informatics projects, and consumer health informatics. Practicums are designed to enhance the students’ active participation in a selected informatics role.

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