Nursing Informatics (online)

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 technologies 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 this area of concentration 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 and HIMSS websites for eligibility requirements.)     

Career opportunities for graduates with this specialty are numerous. Informatics nurses are involved in practice, education, research, administration, and consultation and can work in public, private, or corporate settings. 

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 School of Nursing is offering a MSN with the Nursing Informatics area of concentration online.

The interactive online classroom, led by 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 U.S. states. Pursuant to state laws and regulations, however, we are currently unable to admit online students from selected states. If your state is listed as one in which we cannot enroll students, please contact Pitt Online (412-648-9499) to determine if the status has changed.

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