About the Nursing Informatics Master’s Degree Emphasis
The Master’s in nursing with an emphasis in health informatics is designed for BSN-prepared nurses who want to better understand and apply the data involved in healthcare to make better decisions through evidenced-based practices.
What You Will Study in the Master’s in Nursing Informatics Degree Emphasis
A master’s in nurse informatics emphasis teaches you how to optimize the use of patient and health data to achieve better patient outcomes, reduce costs and augment operational efficiency. You are equipped to help organizations adapt to the integration of technology and the continuous changes in patient-care systems.
You also have the opportunity to learn how to automate clinical care, build new operational data systems, train healthcare workers in the use of computer systems and analyze data to improve patient care.
In the MSN in informatics online degree program, course study includes:
- Healthcare research analysis
- Ethics, policy and finance
- Healthcare information systems
- Project evaluation and development
- Healthcare innovation
- Healthcare data management
- Electronic health records
- Research and population health management
- Leadership and informatics
Careers for Nursing Informatics Degree Emphasis Graduates
As a graduate of the master’s in nursing informatics program, various roles are available for you, including:
- Data scientist
- Computer network architect
- Computer and information systems manager
- Software developer
- Computer systems analyst
These roles may include automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training healthcare workers in the use of computer systems or collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care.
You may choose to work in a variety of settings, including:
- Primary care facility
- Doctor's office
- Insurance company
- Technology supplier
- Consulting firm
- Government agency
Master's in Nursing Informatics Degree Emphasis FAQs
Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about earning your MSN in informatics and additional career information.
1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners as of May 2021, retrieved on 07/15/2022. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
2 Retrieved from HealthCatalyst, The Three Essential Responsibilities of a Nurse Informaticist, in November 2022.
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