RN to Master of Science 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.

With their expertise in healthcare technology, nurse informaticists can transform patient care. From working with telemonitoring technology to patient care devices to electronic health records, nurse informaticists help organizations find and use technology to achieve more efficient, higher quality patient outcomes.

At South University, the Online RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Nursing Informatics degree program can put you on a path to becoming a leader in nursing informatics. The MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics online program equips you to select, design, implement and maintain informatics solutions for all areas of nursing - including providing direct care, conducting research, establishing administrative systems, designing decision support tools, and managing and delivering educational experiences. Completing this MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics program can prepare you to sit for the American Association of College of Nursing certification* exam.

*South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Outcomes

Upon completing this nursing informatics degree online, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate information requirements for nursing practice.
  • Use database management principles to collect and analyze comprehensive data, information, and knowledge pertinent to nursing practice.
  • Use project management principles to develop and implement plans with strategies, alternatives, and recommendations to attain expected nursing informatics outcomes.
  • Integrate current theories of technology implementation to influence identified plans, 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 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.

Career Outlook

As a Nurse Informaticist, you may use these competencies in traditional healthcare organizations as well as for medical device vendors, software companies, disease management companies, and government agencies.

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Course Requirements

Area I: General Education: 76 Credits

A transcript evaluation is completed for each student to transfer in up to 90 general education credits. For students to receive block transfer credit for General Education courses, they must meet the standard outlined in the General Education Transfer Credit policy.

Professional Development

  • AHS1001 Medical Terminology 4 credit hours
  • ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy 4 credit hours

Basic Communications

  • ENG1100 Composition I 4 credit hours
  • ENG1200 Composition II 4 credit hours
  • ENG1300 Composition III 4 credit hours
  • SPC1026 Public Speaking 4 credit hours

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MAT1001 College Algebra I 4 credit hours
  • MAT1500 College Mathematics 4 credit hours
  • MAT2058 Statistics 4 credit hours

Natural Sciences

  • BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credit hours 
    (must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)
  • BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 2 credit hours
  • BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credit hours
    (must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)
  • BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 2 credit hours

Arts and Humanities (chose two)

  • ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages 4 credit hours
  • ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity 4 credit hours
  • ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present 4 credit hours
  • HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865 4 credit hours
  • HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present 4 credit hours
  • HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages 4 credit hours
  • HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times 4 credit hours
  • HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E. 4 credit hours
  • HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present 4 credit hours
  • PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy 4 credit hours
  • REL1001 World Religions 4 credit hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • PSY1001 General Psychology 4 credit hours
  • PSY2022 Human Growth and Development 4 credit hours
  • SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology 4 credit hours

General Education Elective (Choose Two)

  • BIO1020 Biology I 4 credit hours
  • BIO1021 Biology II 4 credit hours
  • ECO2071 Principles of Microeconomics 4 credit hours
  • ECO2072 Principles of Macroeconomics 4 credit hours
  • ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages 4 credit hours
  • ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity 4 credit hours
  • ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present 4 credit hours
  • HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865 4 credit hours
  • HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present 4 credit hours
  • HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages 4 credit hours
  • HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times 4 credit hours
  • HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E. 4 credit hours
  • HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present 4 credit hours
  • MAT1500 College Mathematics 4 credit hours
  • PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy 4 credit hours
  • POL2076 American Government 4 credit hours
  • REL1001 World Religions 4 credit hours
  • SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology 4 credit hours
  • UVC1000 Strategies for Success 4 credit hours

Area II Foundation Requirements: 14 Credits

  • BIO2070 Microbiology 4 credit hours
    (must be taken concurrently with BIO2071 or BIO2073)
  • BIO2071 Microbiology Lab 2 credit hours (online)
    OR
  • BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory 2 credit hours (campuses)
    (required for BSN; RN to BSN students ONLY can take either)
  • CHM1010 General Chemistry 4 credit hours
  • NTR2050 Nutrition 4 credit hours

Undergraduate Nursing (45 transfer credits + 36 credits from South University)

  • NSG3007 Foundations for Professional Nursing 4 credit hours
  • NSG3029 Foundations of Nursing Research 4 credit hours
  • NSG3039 Information Management and Technology 4 credit hours
  • NSG4028 Concepts of Teaching and Learning 4 credit hours
  • NSG4029 Leadership in a Diverse Society 4 credit hours
  • NSG4055 Illness and Disease Management Across the Life Span 4 credit hours
  • NSG4067 Gerontological Nursing 4 credit hours
  • NSG4068 Trends in Healthcare Policy 4 credit hours
  • NSG4074 Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention 4 credit hours

Graduate Nursing (Students must complete core credits and one specialization)

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 for Specialization, 219 Total Credits for Program

  • IST5010 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

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
Last updated Oct 2020

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