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.

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 healthcare 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 specialty courses to complete the Post-Graduate Certificate.  The DNP core, 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 DNP core, DNP Project Planning & Development, and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 39 credit hours.  The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.

 

Nursing Informatics Specialty Courses

  • ISC 550 - Health Data Security and Computers (3 credit hours)
  • ISC 555 - Health Data Management and Decision Support Systems (3 credit hours)
  • NU 539 - Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3 credit hours)
  • NU 556 - Informatics and Quality of Care Improvement (3 credit hours)
  • NU 557 - Clinical Informatics Practicum I - 120 clinical hours (2 credit hours)
  • NU 558 - Seminar in Nursing Informatics (3 credit hours)
  • NU 559 - Clinical Informatics Practicum II - 120 clinical hours (2 credit hours)
  • NU 562 - Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study - 60 field study hours (3 credit hours)
  • NU 565 - Nursing Administration Finance (3 credit hours)

DNP Core Courses

  • NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care (3 credit hours)
  • NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance (3 credit hours)
  • NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems (3 credit hours)
  • NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3 credit hours)
  • NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems (3 credit hours)

Nursing Informatics DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency

  • NU 656 - Nursing Informatics PP&D (3 credit hours)
  • 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.