No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.1

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Technology plays a vital role in promoting patient-centered healthcare and educating providers and patients. Be at the forefront with Walden’s Nursing Informatics specialization. Help improve healthcare delivery by integrating data to support clinical decision-making and using technology to create more efficient processes. And you can apply what you’ve learned through fieldwork experience.

This MSN specialization also prepares you to sit for the Nurse Informatics Board Certification exam—a distinguished credential that will make you more marketable to employers.

Why Choose Walden to Complete Your MSN-Nursing Informatics?

  • Collaborate and share insights with nurses from around the country. Engage in an interactive online environment that makes it easier to work and advance your education.
  • Learn from highly qualified instructors who leverage their practical experience to help you grow as a nurse informaticist. All of our MSN–Nursing Informatics teaching faculty hold doctoral degrees.
  • Translate knowledge into hands-on practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a real healthcare setting.
  • Become a healthcare change agent by applying your enhanced skills and expertise immediately within your professional environment.
  • Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Connect with your peers globally to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.
  • Earn your degree on your terms: Choose this specialization’s course-based format or the flexible, competency-based format, designed to work around your busy schedule.

Success by the Numbers

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More than 98% of employers of Walden MSN graduates responding to our survey say they would hire another Walden MSN graduate.2

You’ve Got Options

Choose from two MSN–Nursing Informatics learning formats.

Course-Based MSN–Nursing Informatics

If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good option for you.

Competency-Based MSN–Nursing Informatics

If you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule, the competency-based format may be for you, available only in the BSN-MSN track.

A Path to Success for Every Level in Your Nursing Career

I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program that allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will transfer to your master’s program once you complete your BSN.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this specialization, you will be prepared to:

  • Leverage information technology on patient care and delivery systems to reduce workload and enhance care.
  • Use data and statistical analyses to evaluate practice and perform quality improvement.
  • Serve as an essential liaison among healthcare practitioners and administrators to leverage innovation and technology.
  • Qualify to sit for the Nursing Informatics Board Certification.
  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

Career Impact

Nursing informatics is in high demand. Recent legislation is driving healthcare institutions to adopt electronic health records (EHR). These institutions will depend on nursing informatics professionals to help adopt and transition the new technologies into practice.

According to PayScale, the average annual salary for a nurse informatics specialist is $82,856.3

Nursing informatics professionals work in hospitals, healthcare organizations, universities, consulting firms, or corporations that develop and market healthcare information systems.

If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN–Nursing Informatics specialization can help position you for roles such as:

  • Informatics Nurse Specialist
  • Director of Clinical Information
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Clinical Informatics Coordinator
  • Informatics Consultant
  • Informatics Faculty
  • Informatics Researcher
  • Manager of Informatics

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Optional Informatics Nursing Certification (RN-BC) is offered through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.

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Testimonials

Lynn Sayre Visser

Lynn Sayre Visser

MSN Graduate
I have referred friends to Walden. I want them to learn and grow.
Walden’s classes strengthened my leadership skills and supported me to help homeless people and veterans within my community.
I have the unconditional support of family and friends, some of whom applied to Walden after hearing about my experience.
James McDaniel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
James McDaniel
Alvin Mena Cantero MSN Graduate
Alvin Mena Centaro
Allison Souza MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Allison Souza

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

2Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

3Source: PayScale, Average Nursing Informatics Specialist Salary. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries (or salary growth), and are subject to change.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org/).

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Note on Certification: Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc/, or other certification websites.

Note on Competency-Based MSN Specializations
Walden University is currently unable to accept applications for the competency-based MSN specializations in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics from residents of the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option. If you start the MSN-Nursing Informatics competency-based specialization before April 7, 2020, please note that not all of the curriculum may be available when you start your program, and the earliest you can complete the program is April 7, 2020.

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