Degree Requirements

The informatics field is growing.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in the field of informatics increases 23% by 2022, much faster than average of 11% for all occupations nationwide.  The UM’s online Nursing Informatics program is designed to prepare graduates for rewarding informatics careers in a wide range of industries within health care, including hospitals, government, health insurance providers, medical vendors, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and consulting firms.  With the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, these roles will be essential as more organizations begin moving to electronic health care record systems.

The Nursing Informatics program prepares graduates to enter or excel in this field by offering rigorous courses, which cover:

  • Information security
  • Data analytics
  • Project management
  • Public health informatics
  • Health information exchange
  • Database design

The program includes a 3 credit capstone practicum, which allows students to apply the informatics knowledge they have gained to real-world situations and problems.

The Nursing Informatics program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in the Plan of Study for the specific track under which they were admitted and as listed in the Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the UOnline Academic Advisors.

Admission

For information on admission to the program please click here.

Sample Plan of Study

The Nursing Informatics program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework in the order specified in the Plan of Study below, and they must successfully complete each course to progress to the next.

Listed below is a sample plan of study for a student who begins the program in the fall.  Students are admitted to begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer so the plan of study below would be altered accordingly.  All coursework and the order in which it is taken must remain the same.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the UOnline Academic Advisors.

Fall IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
HCS 685 Introduction to Health Informatics 3 3 0 0
NUR 605 Health Information Exchange 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring I
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 603 Healthcare Databases: Design, Development and Clinical Application 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Summer I
NUR 604 System Life Cycle/Project Management 3 3 0 0
NUR 608 Concepts in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Fall II
NUR 630 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 635 Innovation in Nursing Informatics 3 3 1 56
 Total for Semester66156
Spring II
NUR 607 Leadership and Professional Development Strategies for Nursing Informatics 3 3 1 56
NUR 636 Nursing Informatics Internship 3 1 1 56
 Total for Semester642112
Summer II
NUR 637 Capstone Practicum in Nursing Leadership in Informatics 3 2 1 56
 Total for Semester32156
 Total Program33304224