Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Informatics

General

Program Description

South University is currently offering a new format in addition to on-campus classes, called  South VR [South Virtual Remote] which is a live instruction, interactive virtual classroom experience. This temporary learning format that was created to help our students continue their education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The implementation of industry-grade technology and informatics solutions cannot be underestimated in the modern healthcare setting. To create the most efficient and highest-quality outcomes, nursing leaders will need to arm themselves with the skills and information needed to contribute to a successful healthcare setting.

Our Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics degree program is designed to prepare you to develop, implement, and evaluate new operational data systems, train healthcare professionals in the use of computerized clinical information systems, and collect and analyze data for patient information and improvements of clinical care.

Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  • Evaluate information requirements for nursing practice.
  • Use principles of database management to collect and analyze the comprehensive data, information, and knowledge pertinent to a situation in nursing practice.
  • Use principles of project management to develop and implement a plan that prescribes strategies, alternatives, and recommendations to attain expected nursing informatics outcomes.
  • Integrate current theories of technology implementation to influence the identified plan, enhance the abilities of other professionals, and effect change in nursing practice.
  • Analyze computer and information technologies for their application to nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with professionals in other informatics-related disciplines to develop informatics solutions to nursing problems.
  • Develop strategies for introducing, modifying, and evaluating information systems for nursing practice.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Course Requirements

The 21st-century nurse informaticist will transform the care of patients and communities by optimizing information management and communication. These activities include the design and use of informatics solutions and technology to support all areas of nursing practice, including the direct provision of care, establishing effective administrative systems, designing useful decision support systems, managing and delivering educational experiences, enhancing lifelong learning, and supporting nursing research. The Master of Science in Nursing program with a specialization in Nursing Informatics at South University is designed to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop and implement information management systems in a variety of settings including home health and hospice agencies, nursing homes, public and community health agencies, physician offices, ambulatory care centers, medical device vendors, large and small software companies, web content providers, disease management companies, and government agencies. Students will complete 240 practicum hours during progression through the program.

Program curriculum for the MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics includes key attributes from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Masters Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2011), the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (2010), and the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice (2008). Students completing this program will be eligible to sit for the AACC certification examination.

Specialization Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  • Evaluate information requirements for nursing practice.
  • Use principles of database management to collect and analyze the comprehensive data, information, and knowledge pertinent to a situation in nursing practice.
  • Use principles of project management to develop and implement a plan that prescribes strategies, alternatives, and recommendations to attain expected nursing informatics outcomes.
  • Integrate current theories of technology implementation to influence the identified plan, enhance the abilities of other professionals, and effect change in nursing practice.
  • Analyze computer and information technologies for their application to nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with professionals in other informatics-related disciplines to develop informatics solutions to nursing problems.
  • Develop strategies for introducing, modifying, and evaluating information systems for nursing practice.

Master of Science in Nursing (Specialization in Nursing Informatics): 48 Credits

MSN Core: 20 Credits

  • NSG5000 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Transformational Leadership in Advanced Practice, 4 Credit Hours
  • NSG5002 Advanced Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
  • NSG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours*
  • NSG6002 Health Policy and Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice, 4 Credit Hours
  • NSG6101 Nursing Research Methods, 4 Credit Hours
  • Specialization in Nursing Informatics: 28 Credits
  • MIS5010 Information Technology Infrastructure, 4 Credit Hours
  • NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology, 4 Credit Hours*
  • NSG6650 Introduction to Nursing Informatics, 4 Credit Hours
  • NSG6652 Issues and Trends in Nursing Informatics, 4 Credit Hours
  • NSG6670 Practicum I: Database Management in Nursing Informatics, 4 Credit Hours
  • NSG6680 Practicum II: Project Management in Nursing Informatics, 4 Credit Hours
  • NSG6999 Graduate Project in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours

Note(s):
*Students wishing to further develop their advanced practice skills should take NSG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology, NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I, and NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology. Students wishing to further develop their information technology skills may take IST5020 Information Systems Fundamentals, IST6000 Principles of Systems Development, IST6101 Web Technologies, and/or PMC6601 Foundations of Project Management, in place of NSG5003, NSG6001, and/or NSG6005. In all cases, students should work closely with their Academic Advisors or Academic Counselors to select appropriate coursework that meets their career needs and course prerequisites.

South University, Online Programs may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)**

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program (MSN) is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of registered nurses. It is also designed for those nurses who want to pursue advanced positions in today's challenging healthcare environment. The program, based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Essentials, blends nursing theory with advanced practice concepts that prepare students to work within a healthcare organization or educational setting.

All applicants to the MSN program must hold a valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all US states or territories in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign-educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure).  An unencumbered license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.  Additionally, all applicants must successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening. Clinical affiliation agencies may require additional personal testing.

The program consists of five core courses and courses in an area of specialization in education, administration, informatics, and various nurse practitioner programs. The program includes practica and experiences in areas of specialization.

Courses may be waived if the individual's master's transcript indicates that s/he has successfully completed the required course or its equivalent. Waivers and exceptions will be determined on the written request of individual students through a transcript analysis as determined by the Program Director, Chair, or College Dean.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  • Synthesize theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines for application in advanced nursing roles.
  • Analyze current scientific research for the application of findings to initiate change and to improve practice.
  • Create comprehensive plans of action that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of individual, family, and community populations.
  • Formulate a plan for ongoing contributions to the improvement of healthcare delivery and development of health policy in a cost-effective manner.
  • Apply an ethical decision-making process in professional practice and analysis of systems of healthcare.
  • Model a professional leadership role that fosters the improvement of healthcare and advocates scholarly activities to advance self and profession.
  • Employ informatics and technology in various aspects of the advanced nursing leadership role.
  • Practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.

How to apply

We make the application process as smooth as possible so you can start earning your degree right away. Our admissions representatives will guide you through our three-step process.

  1. To get started, call 888-444-3404, to speak with an Admissions Representative or fill out our request information form.
  2. An admissions representative will review our degree programs with you, give you an overview of the admissions process, and help you complete the application process. You can take a guided tour of our campus or a virtual tour online. Apply Now
  3. A Finance Counselor will work with you to discuss options and qualifications and to develop a payment plan that works for you. Programs with alternative application procedures.

2020-21 Starting Dates

Online

  • June 2nd, 2020
  • July 14th, 2020
  • August 18th, 2020
  • September 22nd, 2020
  • October 27th, 2020
  • December 1st, 2020
  • January 12th, 2021
  • February 16th, 2021
  • March 23rd, 2021
  • April 27th, 2021
  • June 1st, 2021
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