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Nursing Informatics Area of Concentration

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Nursing informatics is a combination of cognitive science, computer science, information science, and nursing science. It includes the development, analysis, and evaluation of information systems augmented by technology that support, enhance and manage patient care.

In the classroom and in practice, students have an opportunity to observe, apply, analyze, and practice processes and skills relevant to nursing informatics. The Nursing Informatics concentration stresses the development of leadership in nursing.

Graduates of the MSN Nursing Informatics Nurse Specialty Role are eligible for the Nursing Informatics Certification Exam, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and prepared for the theoretical components of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) or Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS), offered by Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMMS). (Note: visit the ANCC website at www.nursecredentialing.org and HIMSS website at www.himss.org for eligibility requirements)     

Career opportunities for graduates of this specialty are numerous. Informatics nurses are involved in practice, education, research, administration, and consultation and can work in public, private, or corporate settings. The Nursing Informatics concentration stresses the development of leadership in nursing.

There are three different options in Nursing Informatics; a major, a minor, and post-MSN/DNP certificate. All may be completed on a full or part-time basis.

In the classroom and in practice, students have an opportunity to observe, apply, analyze, and practice processes and skills relevant to nursing informatics.

Informatics Online

Building on the strength and reputation of its graduate programs, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is offering a Master of Science for the Nursing Informatics online as well as onsite.

The interactive online classroom, led by the excellent University of Pittsburgh faculty, provides opportunities for active learning, discussion, problem solving, debating, critical thinking, research, networking, and community building.

At this time, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing IS AUTHORIZED to enroll online students from most US states. Pursuant to state laws and regulations, however, we are currently unable to admit online students from selected states. Please see: (http://www.online.pitt.edu/news/StateInfo.php). If your state is listed as one where we cannot enroll students, please contact Pitt Online (online@pitt.edu or 412-648-9499) to determine if the status has changed.

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