The curriculum provides students with the essential knowledge and skills for an informatics specialist role. It is built upon broad precepts and concepts from the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of nursing informatics Practice and the competencies and foundational domains put forth by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for graduate level education in health informatics.
The core informatics courses provide learners with a framework for information management and decision support, nursing and health care terminologies and the life cycle of an information system. A practicum that focuses on a particular role in informatics is also arranged in the learner’s own community. All of these components form the core structure of our informatics curriculum. In addition, learners select two specialty courses that round out their program plan. These specialty courses focus on database management, knowledge management, human computer interaction design and digital health tools such as mobile apps, wearable sensors, patient portals, and smart house.
In addition to completing all the MS nursing core and informatics core courses, each student is required to select 6 credits of specialty courses. If a student has no experience in informatics, their clinical practicum is 6 credits and then they only take 6 credits of specialty electives. Our specialty courses allow one to learn more depth in various areas of health care informatics. We customize the selection of specialty courses to meet the individual needs of our students.