Specialization in Nursing Informatics

Lead Faculty: Dr. Barbara F. Piper

The Specialization in Nursing Informatics is designed for nurses who seek advanced education in informatics theory and practice. 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 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 (http://www.tigersummit.com/).

The Specialty courses offered in the MSN Program of Study in Nursing Informatics are designed using the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Model to develop IPE Competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Collaborate with interprofessional teams to conduct a needs assessment, plan, design, transition to and evaluate information systems and innovative technologies.
  2. Employ evidenced-based practice resources and references to support the adoption and use of healthcare technologies at the point of care.
  3. Evaluate ongoing quality and process improvement for patient-centered care systems that optimize clinical workflow, care coordination, and patient outcomes.
  4. Appraise the healthcare technology environment to ensure compliance with ethical, legal and regulatory mandates and professional standards for advanced practice.


The Master of Science in Nursing, Specialization in Nursing Informatics requires a minimum of 49.5 graduate quarter units, with 45 of those completed at National University. A total of 9 units of graduate credit may be granted for graduate work completed at another institution as it applies to this program and provided the units were not used to earn another advanced degree. Refer to the General Catalog section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and evaluation.
Specialization in Informatics (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
After completion of the MSN core classes, the students will complete the Informatics specialization courses.
Core Requisite(s):