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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics

Lead Faculty: Dr. Barbara F. Piper

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics is designed for nurses who seek advanced education in nursing informatics. Nurses play an important leadership role in the implementation of health information technology in health care delivery organizations. Potential students include nurses who participate and in some instances lead the successful deployment of health information technologies to achieve improvement in the quality, safety, outcomes and thus value of health services in the United States. The goal is to equip RNs for leadership roles in nursing informatics that includes the information and knowledge management best practices and effective technology capabilities for nurses identified through the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform Initiative (

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Informatics at National University, candidates must:

Meet the University requirements for graduate study, listed in the General Catalog under admission requirements; Hold a MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing (State Board of Nursing, and CCNE and/or NLNAC); Provide proof of current, active, and unencumbered RN license in the State of residence; Have completed the following courses: An graduate course in statistics; An graduate course in research methodology and application; Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; Have completed the University Application for Graduate Admissions, including the application fee; Completed eApplication to Nursing; Provide one official transcript from each college or university attended.

Additional Prerequisite Requirement

Students should be proficient in operating a personal computer, including:

Demonstrated competency in standard computer operating systems and electronic filing systems, basic keyboarding skills, organizing and sorting electronic documents; Demonstr,ated knowledge of standard computer applications to include Microsoft Word and; Familiarity with using internet browsers and standard email systems such as MS Outlook.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Collaborate in the development, realization and evaluation of strategies for improving nursing practice through the implementation of health information systems and technologies.
  2. Evaluate ongoing quality and process improvement for patient-centered care systems that optimize clinical workflow, care coordination, and patient outcomes.
  3. Evaluate the healthcare technology environment to ensure compliance with ethical, legal and regulatory mandates and professional standards for advanced nursing practice.
  4. Lead nursing and staff development educational and innovation-oriented programs associated with technology adoption in health care settings.


Certificate Requirements The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics requires a minimum of 18 quarter units, completed in residence at National University. Refer to the General Catalog section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and matriculation.

Requirement for Certificate (4 courses; 18 quarter units) Core Requisite(s):

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