Nursing Informatics

Nursing Informatics is a nursing specialty that draws from computer science, information science, cognitive and decision sciences, and nursing science.

Program Information

InformaticsNursing informatics is a nursing specialty that draws from computer science, information science, cognitive and decision sciences, and nursing science. Through our online program you will gain knowledge and skills to enhance patient-care delivery, promote consumer health, utilize nursing research, and provide education through information technology.

Nursing Informatics FAQ

Clinical Orientation

All students enrolled in the first clinical course are required to attend a mandatory three to four day clinical orientation on campus that fall term. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.

Curriculum

BSN-DNP students complete all MSN core, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 64 credit hours.  Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.

MSN-DNP students Adding a New Specialty must complete the Dual Role specialty courses to complete the Post Graduate Certificate.  The MSN Core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree.  This program is a total of 64 credit hours. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.

MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the MSN core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours.  The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.

MSN Core Courses

NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits

NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits

Nursing Informatics Specialty Courses

ISC 550 - Health Data Security and Computers 3 credits

ISC 555 - Health Data Management and Decision Support Systems 3 credits

NU 539 - Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 credits

NU 556 - Informatics and Quality of Care Improvement 3 credits

NU 557 - Clinical Informatics Practicum I - 120 Clinical Hours 2 credits

NU 558 - Seminar in Nursing Informatics       3 credits

NU 559 - Clinical Informatics Practicum II - 120 Clinical Hours 2 credits

NU 562 - Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study - 60 Field Study Hours 3 credits

NU 565 - Nursing Administration Finance 3 credits

DNP Core Courses

NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 credits

NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 credits

NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment 3 credits

NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 credits

Nursing Informatics DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency

NU 600 - DNP Project Planning & Development 3 credits

NU 657 - Informatics Residency I - 240 specialty clinical hours 4 credits

NU 658 - Informatics Residency II - 240 specialty clinical hours 4 credits

NU 659 - Informatics Residency III - 240 specialty clinical hours 4 credits

Contacts

Please feel free to contact Dr. Todd Harlan for more information about this specialty: tharlan@southalabama.edu.