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 informatics in health care organizations and businesses that develop and sell health care information technology.

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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.

As a graduate of this 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 computer-based information systems in health care organizations and in the informatics industry.

Full-time and part-time plans are available.

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.

Online Learning

  • Nursing informatics courses are offered online.
  • Our faculty are fully committed to distance learning.
  • Your advisor will communicate with you individually via telephone, email, or Skype.
  • For the required practicum, you and your practicum instructor will arrange a mutually agreeable site in your local area.

Plans of Study

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


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 Requirements and Application Deadlines

In this section:


  • 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.


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

Application 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.

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.

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. 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 via online application, via email to, or by mail.

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

Submit via email to:

One recommendation. Your recommendations 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.

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

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

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.

Submit by fax to 410-706-7238 or 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

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.

What You'll Do

You'll graduate with the skills to:

  • excel in a career as a clinical nurse leader, administrator, public health nurse, or informatician
  • work in a specialized area of nursing
  • be a leader in a professional organization, health care agency, or organization centered on policy
  • pursue a doctoral degree.

During your MS program coursework, you’ll develop a range of critical skills that will make you a more effective, more prepared, and more versatile nursing professional. Graduates of the MS program are prepared to:

  • Incorporate scientific inquiry and theoretical concepts into efforts to improve the care to individuals and communities
  • Lead evidence-based and interprofessional approaches for the design and delivery of comprehensive, culturally competent care to individuals/families, communities, and populations
  • Participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health care systems to foster safety and excellence in health care delivery
  • Engage in ethically sound, culturally sensitive, and evidenced-based practice to promote the health of individuals and communities
  • Commit to lifelong learning for self and promote lifelong learning to consumers
  • Practice advanced nursing roles in collaborative relationships across disciplines and in partnership with communities (i.e. nursing education, nursing administration, nursing informatics, advanced clinical practice, and clinical nursing leadership)

Additionally, as a University of Maryland School of Nursing student, your character, attitude, and ethics must be unimpeachable. We expect that you’ll value scientific inquiry’s essential role in professional practice while challenging yourself and your peers to make meaningful contributions to the nursing profession.

Additional Resources

Information packets

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


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 post-graduate Nursing Informatics Certificate is for nurses 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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