MS in Nursing Informatics
Overview & Program of Study
The market demand is enormous for informatics nurses today! One career trend watcher recently named nursing informatics one of the ten hottest emerging careers in the United States. A degree in nursing informatics will allow you to lead or assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of information system applications for any area of practice. This novel area in healthcare will give you the knowledge to improve the health of consumers and improve organizational processes through information management and information technology.
At the University of Utah, you will have a unique experience as you learn with biomedical, pharmacy and other informatics students. You will take many of your courses jointly with these students and work together on projects as you learn from nationally known faculty. Also, we have a new student-centered education building, available to you around the clock.
Our programs are at the center of informatics activities at the University of Utah. Our students collaborate across many disciplines - psychology, architecture, computer science, biomedical engineering and clinical departments on fascinating projects - for example to develop novel designs for physiological monitors, design patient-centered decision support applications, create risk mitigation strategies for implementing solutions or develop web-based educational programs for families of NICU.
The Nursing Informatics program has superb sites for student experiences, informatics projects and employment opportunities. Sites in Utah have been at the forefront of informatics since the 1980s and continue to lead the nation in computerized solutions.
A cohort of approximately 10-12 students is accepted into the Nursing Informatics program each fall semester.
The Nursing Informatics Master's program is available in both full-time (9+ credit hours per semester) and part-time options. The full-time program of study is completed in two (2) years, including a summer semester. The part-time program of study is typically completed in three (3) years. Forty (40) credit hours are required to complete this program.
Studying at a Distance
Some courses are available online or via distance, but this program cannot be completed online.
Program of Study
The informatics program of study requires completion of the Master's Degree core curriculum, informatics specialty courses, and a Master's Synthesis or Thesis. Course descriptions can be found in the University of Utah General Catalog.