Nursing Informatics

Be the connection between patient care and technology.

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Improve patient care and outcomes through the development, implementation, and evaluation of information technology. Increasing demand for the adoption of electronic information systems is creating a growing need for nursing informaticians in health care organizations and in businesses that develop and sell health care information technology.

What is nursing informatics?

According to the American Nurses Association, nursing informatics is a "specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage, and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. [It] supports nurses, consumers, patients, the interprofessional health care team, and other stakeholders in their decision-making in all roles and settings to achieve desired outcomes. This support is accomplished through the use of information structures, information processes, and information technology."

-Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition, ANA 2015

Our graduates have stellar reputations in the health care informatics job market and are in high demand; they have gone on to work in hospital settings or for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies as:

  • systems analysts
  • clinical data analysts
  • clinical informatics experts
  • health care and business executives
  • consultants
  • business owners
  • faculty members
  •  and more.

The American Medical Informatics Association estimates that up to 70,000 nursing informatics specialists will be needed in the next few years. A national nursing informatics workforce survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society found that half of nursing informaticians earn an annual salary of more than $100,000.

The nursing informatics field is progressive, constantly changing, and has a significant impact on the future of the health care industry and beyond.

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Live in one of the yellow states? You may be eligible to pay Maryland in-state tuition for this program.

Through an agreement with the Academic Common Market, you may be eligible to pursue this degree at UMSON at an in-state tuition rate. Our faculty will help place you at a practicum site convenient to you.

How the Program Works

  • The program requires 40 credits and 135 practicum hours.
  • Full-time and part-time plans of study are available.
  • Complete this program in as little as two years (five semesters).
  • You can get started on this master's degree in advanced nursing practice while you gain experience in the field. Take 1-2 online courses as you work full time to get a jump-start on your education and your career.

Flexible learning from anywhere:

  • All nursing informatics courses are available online.
  • Your advisor will develop an individualized plan of study that fits your schedule.
  • Advisors can connect with you via email, telephone, Skype, or in person.
  • For the required practicum, you and your practicum instructor will arrange a mutually agreeable site in a location convenient to you.
  • If you reside in a state belonging to the Southern Regional Education Board, you may be eligible for in-state tuition rates (see the sidebar for more information).

If you're currently a registered nurse with an associate degree, you can save 6 credits (one full semester) when you enroll in UMSON's RN-to-MS, an accelerated path to both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and this MS specialty.

Free Exam Preparation

As an UMSON student, you can take part in online Nursing Informatics Certification Review Workshops – at no cost to you. These faculty-led workshops will prepare you for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Informatics Certification Exam.

What You’ll Learn

As a student in the nursing informatics specialty, you will be able to:

  • analyze nursing information requirements
  • design system alternatives
  • manage information technology
  • identify and implement user-training strategies
  • evaluate the effectiveness of clinical and/or management information systems in health care.

You will also be prepared to be a leader in the conceptualization, design, and research of digital information systems in health care organizations and in the informatics industry.

What You’ll Do

  • Upon graduation, you will be an Nurse Informatics Specialist.
  • Your unique qualifications as a nurse and an informatician will allow you to connect interdisciplinary health care teams and serve as a leader in health IT teams.
  • Your role could involve developing, deploying, and optimizing health care information systems; leveraging health care data to improve quality and safety of patient care; enhancing clinician workflow; and helping to lower health care costs.

Our nursing informatics graduates work in many areas:

  • The majority work in hospital settings.
  • Many work for health IT vendors and health care analytics fields.
  • They also work for federal agencies – such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services –or for consulting firms.
  • Many experienced Informatics Nurse Specialists have their own businesses and consult with various health care sectors, such as the Department of Defense.
  • And many either become an educator or incorporate teaching into their professional careers.

Many of our students are hired as informaticians while they are still in the program, especially by their practicum sites.

More Information

Plans of Study

The nursing informatics master's specialty requires 40 credits and 135 practicum hours.

Nursing Core Courses and Electives

The nursing core courses may be taken in any sequence:

Course Term Offered
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health Fall, Spring, Summer
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement Fall, Spring, Summer
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence Based Practice

Fall, Spring, Summer

NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice Fall, Spring, Summer

Leadership Management Courses

The leadership courses may be taken in any sequence.

Course Term Offered
NURS 690: Managerial Health Finance Fall, Spring
NURS 691: Organization Theory: Application to Health Services Management Fall, Spring

Informatics Courses

In general, the informatics courses must be taken in the sequence shown. However, NURS 785 may precede or follow NURS 784 and NURS 786.

Course Term Offered
NURS 736: Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care Fall, Spring
NURS 786: Systems Analysis and Design Spring
NURS 784: Information Technology Project Management Fall
NURS 785: Healthcare Database Systems Spring, Summer
NURS 737: Nursing Informatics Concepts and Practice in Systems Adoption Fall
NURS 738: Practicum in Nursing Informatics Spring
NURS 770: Human-Technology Interaction in Healthcare Spring, Summer

Some courses have co-requisites or prerequisites:

NURS 737 prerequisites: NURS 736, NURS 786, NRSG 790, NRSG 795

NURS 738 prerequisites: NURS 737, NURS 785, NURS 690, NRSG 780, NRSG 782

NURS 738 pre- or co-requisites: NURS 691, NURS 784

NURS 770 pre- or co-requisite: NURS 790

Sample Plans of Study

Faculty

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally known experts in each field that they are teaching and conduct a variety of informatics research. In particular, all faculty members bring years of informatics practice experience and share their experience with students. We also have a computer scientist as a full-time faculty member who offers students opportunities to learn more in-depth database and programming, if they desire to do so. 

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Program Director

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, conducts research in gero-informatics and develops and evaluates technology-based interventions for the health management patients and their caregivers. She teaches senior-level nursing informatics courses and doctoral-level research courses. She coordinates informatics students’ practicum placements. 

Arpad Kelemen, PhD
Associate Professor

Arpad Kelemen, PhD, has expertise in ideation, design, development, and evaluation of innovative technology-based solution; biomedical informatics; EHR and healthcare database development; healthcare software and game development; human-computer interaction; artificial intelligence; and data mining. He teaches healthcare databases, human-technology interaction, and technology solutions for knowledge generation in healthcare classes. 

Charlotte Seckman

Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN
Associate Professor

Charlotte Seckman, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN, is a board certified informatics nurse with a research background focused on translating evidence into health care practices; exploring NI competencies; and Web-based learning modalities. She teaches RN-BSN and DNP nursing informatics courses. 

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Ernest Opoku-Agyemang, MA, MS, RN
Clinical Instructor

Ernest Opoku-Agyemang, MA, MS, RN, is a clinical instructor with expertise in supporting and implementing information systems in healthcare, finance, e-business and e-commerce. He is currently a PhD candidate with a research focus on using mobile applications in managing chronic diseases. He teaches undergraduate informatics and health care systems and design courses. 

Ronald J. Piscotty, Jr., PhD, RN-BC
Assistant Professor

Ronald J. Piscotty, Jr., PhD, RN-BC, is an assistant professor with research interest centering around the impact healthcare information technologies have on nursing practice, and quality and safety in hospital settings. He is board certified in nursing informatics and teaches project management and DNP informatics courses. 

MS Admission Deadlines and Requirements

In this section:


Deadlines:

  • fall enrollment: rolling admissions review begins in January
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins in August

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Qualifications:

  • bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from:
    • an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university
      or
    • an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Application Materials:

Materials

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

  • Community and Public Health applicants should select NURS - MS on the application type dropdown list.
  • Health Services Leadership and Management (all options) and Nursing Informatics applicants should select NURS - Online Masters on the application type dropdown list.

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a recent professional source. Only the first recommendation received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. Please submit a 500-1,000-word essay that addresses the following:

  • The specific specialty area you like to pursue and your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree in nursing in this specialty.
  • The population you would like to service or the area of health care in which you would like to work after graduation.
  • The qualities you feel are essential to the advanced nursing profession that you bring with you.
  • What are your research interests or your practice issues in this specialty area?

You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

 

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.


Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

The Health Service Leadership management and Nursing Informatics master's specialties are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore due to the amount of online courses.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Additional Resources

Information packets

Packet for Prospective Nursing Informatics Students (PDF)
Packet for New Nursing Informatics Students‌ (PDF)

Testimonials/Careers

Careers in Nursing Informatics: The Future is Now!

Student Testimonials

Nursing Informatics-Related Events/Webinars

Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics Conference

Archived webinars from the Big Ten Academic Alliance Nursing Informatics Collaborative Webinar Series

Further Your Education

Additionally, UMSON’s Nursing Informatics Certificate is for nurses in an UMSON graduate program or with a master's degree in another specialty area or field who are looking to gain essential knowledge and skills in nursing and health care informatics.

UMSON is also home of the annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics Conference.

This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, due to the amount of online courses.

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"I was a bedside nurse for 10 years, and I really felt like I could make a difference going into informatics. I help the patients, as well as the clinicians on the floor, in terms of better patient safety and more efficient workflow for the clinicians." Michael Yates, MS '14 Application System Analyst, University of Maryland Medical System