Nursing Informatics Certificate

Information technology innovations in health care have led to an increasing demand for nursing specialists with a firm grounding in informatics. This certificate was created to meet that growing need.

Health care organizations across industries are rapidly adopting electronic information systems. This trend has created tremendous opportunity for informatics nurse specialists in a range of disciplines — from health care organizations to firms that develop and sell health care information technology.

With the Certificate in Nursing Informatics, you’ll be able to provide leadership in the conceptualization, design, and research of computer-based health care information systems in virtually any setting.

The Nursing Informatics certificate will prepare you to enhance the quality of patient care and outcomes through the assessment, development, implementation, use, and evaluation of information tools. If you’re a nurse with a master’s degree in another specialty area or field, the Nursing Informatics certificate program will provide you with essential knowledge and skills in nursing and health care informatics, allowing you to support evidence-based practice and improve patient care. This rigorous certificate program is based on UMSON’s established Nursing Informatics master’s program.

Certificate courses can be taken online except for the practicum hours that need to be completed in a select setting. For out-of-state students, practicum sites will be arranged where they reside.

Sample Plans of Study

Spring Start

Semester 1 (Spring)
NURS 786 Systems Analysis and Design 3
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
Semester II (Summer)
NURS 785 Health Care Database Systems 3
Semester III (Fall)
NURS 784 Information Technology Project Management 3
NURS 737* Nursing Informatics Concepts and Practice in Systems Adoption 3
Semester IV (Spring)
NURS 738* Practicum and Health Informatics 3/4**
 Total Credits 18/19**

Fall Start

Semester 1 (Fall)
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
NURS 784 Information Technology Project Management 3
Semester II (Spring)
NURS 786 Systems Analysis and Design 3
Semester III (Summer)
NURS 785 Health Care Database Systems 3
Semester IV (Fall)
NURS 737* Nursing Informatics Concepts and Practice in Systems Adoption 3
Semester V (Spring)
NURS 738* Practicum and Health Informatics 3/4**
 Total Credits 18/19**

*Denotes courses that must be taken in this program. No waivers or transfer credits accepted.

**For students admitted spring 2014 and later, NURS 738 is 4 credits, making the certificate 19 credits total. 

Course Listing

 Course Listing:

  • NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Knowledge Generation in Health Care
  • NURS 737 Nursing Informatics Concepts and Practice in System Adoption
  • NURS 738 Practicum in Nursing and Health Informatics
  • NURS 784 Information Technology Project Management
  • NURS 785 Health Care Database Systems
  • NURS 786 Systems Analysis and Design

Course Descriptions:

To view course descriptions for upcoming courses, search the course catalog.

 

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. 

 

Barbara Van de Castle, DNP, APRN-CNS, OCN, RN-BC
Assistant Professor

Barb Van de Castle, DNP, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, OCN is a board certified informatics nurse specialist and a doctorally prepared oncology-certified nurse educator. Currently, she practices as the Nurse Educator in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital where she supports oncology clinicians in the use of EHRs to improve workflow and patient outcomes. She is a member of the Clinical Informatics Leadership Committee at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a Credentialed Trainer for Epic’s Beacon program. Dr. Van de Castle’s work focuses on improving end users’ experience and assessing health outcomes of cancer survivors through innovative use of EHRs. She is actively engaged in the local chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and in 2017 was awarded the Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award Recipient at the 2017 ONS National Congress.

 

Admission Requirements

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Deadlines:

  • fall and summer enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Feb. 1
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Sept. 1

Qualifications:

  • A BS degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing or a different field, or applicants may be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and have completed a graduate-level research core course. Accepted graduate students may complete the certificate concurrently with their graduate studies.
  • An active, unrestricted U.S. registered nurse license for the state in which their practicum is located.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for their undergraduate and graduate programs (strongly preferred).

Application Materials:

Material

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a mentor, teacher, employer, fellow student, or professional colleague who can speak knowledgeably about your potential to successfully complete the certificate program.

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

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

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

 

Essay. Please submit a concise essay (no more than 350 words) addressing the following: 

How will earning this certificate impact your care of the population you expect to serve after graduation?

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.


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

After completing the Certificate in Nursing Informatics, you'll be able to:

  • Analyze nursing information requirements and design system alternatives
  • Manage information technology
  • Identify and implement user training strategies
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of clinical and/or management information systems