Nursing Informatics Certificate Courses

All nursing informatics certificate students are required to complete specific coursework. The following plan represents progression for the online post-master's certificate as a nurse informaticist.  There are a total of 17 credit hours to complete.

Professional Curriculum

NRS 560

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS

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This course provides an introduction to nursing and health care informatics and includes applications of information systems and nursing informatics competencies within the health care system. Topics covered include but are not limited to, history and theoretical models of nursing informatics; information systems in clinical settings and the use of information for health systems management; nursing roles; nursing vocabularies and nursing knowledge representation ethical and social issues in healthcare informatics, including HIPAA. 

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 562

CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATICS

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Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) is a rapidly-expanding area of informatics practice and focuses on the consumer use of electronic information to guide healthcare outcomes.  This course will cover the implementation of strategies and technologies that improve patients, families and the community access to health care; CHI applications, health literacy and trends, opportunities and future challenges.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    NRS 509, NRS 513 & NRS 560, or by permission.

NRS 564

REGULATOR, LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS

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The utilization of information technology in society has increased the need to ensure privacy and security of patient health information. This course will review regulatory, legal, and ethical philosophies of informatics in healthcare.  Topics will include the history and standards of HIPAA; the impact on system implementation, management, and evaluation; and the role of the informaticist in the protection of the patient.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 568

CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE

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The focus of this course is on the role of the nurse in the use of the electronic health record in the clinical practice setting.  The selection, implementation, management, and evaluation of health care information systems will be explored.  Regulatory standards such as HITECH, and review of competencies from ANA and TIGER will be discussed.  Other topics include project management; privacy and security standards.  Precepted clinical experience (84 clinical hours) allows for practical application of course theory.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All program course work except NRS 569, NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission.

NRS 569

PRACTICUM IN NURSING INFORMATICS

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During the Practicum in Nursing Informatics, the student will select a preceptor in the field of informatics and complete 126 hours of direct interaction.  The student will synthesize clinical applications, roles and competencies of the nurse informaticist and the interface with technology in healthcare.  The student must identify a topic for discussion and share the findings and outcomes of the project.

  • Credits: 4.0