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You see technology transforming health care and you want to be a part of it. The CCNE-accredited* online MSN in Nursing Informatics program from Capella can help you understand the impact of health informatics on patient care, cost and change management, and operational efficiencies. You’ll also learn strategic planning, decision-making, and clinical project management.
If you’re an RN with an associate degree, this online RN-to-MSN program can help streamline your path to a master’s degree.
*The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
*Based on fastest 25 percent of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.
Applicants to the RN-to-MSN in Nursing Informatics must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
FlexPath admission requirements
Applicants for our FlexPath Self-Paced Learning option must also meet the following criteria:
Step into FlexPath is an option for those who don’t qualify for FlexPath. Start a program in our GuidedPath learning format, and then transition into FlexPath upon successful completion of one course, at a 2.8 GPA or higher.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.
$2,700 per 12-week billing session, 33 total program points, 6 max transfer points
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$435 per credit, 66 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits
* This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.
Questions about cost?
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019–2020
“One of the best things about FlexPath is that it doesn’t feel like I missed out on life, or that I was pushing off my work.”
*Actual FlexPath graduate compensated for appearing in Capella promotional materials.
Health Assessment and Promotion for Disease Prevention in Population-Focused Health
In this course, learners apply concepts, frameworks, and models used to foster health promotion and disease prevention, particularly in diverse and vulnerable populations. Learners evaluate individual and population wellness from multicultural, ethnic, traditional, and spiritual perspectives. Learners examine factors that cause disparities in wellness among people in diverse and vulnerable populations. By analyzing effective health assessment methods and communication strategies, learners identify best practices for developing a population-focused approach to health promotion and disease prevention. For MSN learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
Leadership for Nursing Practice
In this course, learners examine and apply theoretical concepts and leadership competencies for nursing practice. Learners evaluate evidence-based best practices and behaviors that support effective nursing leadership in health care settings, and analyze strategies for coordination, delegation, and goal setting and performance improvement. Learners also assess concepts and principles of health care policy, legal and regulatory issues, and quality control in health care and the nursing profession. For MSN learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics
Throughout the course, learners analyze the roles, theories, ethical implications, and standards of nursing informatics practice. Learners identify the rules, regulations, and current trends that govern professionals in the field. In addition, learners examine the evolution and perspectives of nursing informatics and apply knowledge and skills needed to lead and support improvements in health care. For MSN learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
Analysis of Clinical Information Systems and Application to Nursing Practice
In this course, learners analyze the various aspects of clinical information systems to deliver quality health care. In particular, learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to effectively plan, design, and implement health/clinical information systems within nursing practice. Learners also apply evidence-based informatics strategies to effect improved clinical outcomes. For MSN learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
Advancing Health Care Through Data Mining
Learners in this course analyze and validate data and demonstrate the ability to act as key drivers in nursing informatics. Throughout the course, learners develop databases to enhance decision-making capabilities that improve clinical outcomes in multiple health care environments. In addition, learners examine the implications of data use related to responsibility, accountability, and dissemination. For MSN learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
Try FlexPath for yourself
In our FlexPath Trial Course, you will explore online self-paced learning, experience the courseroom and view a sample assessment.
This specialization presents contemporary models, theories, research, and best practices for providing nursing care across the lifespan using various health care technologies. It immerses you in the world of health informatics and explores critical ways in which health information systems influence strategic planning, decision-making, and clinical project management.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSN in Nursing Informatics.
Job titles to explore
Employment settings to explore
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
Capella offers multiple informatics programs in nursing and health care. Faculty members Allison Terry, PhD, and Lydia Forsythe, PhD, explain the differences.
Five years after launch, new studies on Capella’s FlexPath learning format have been completed—and the news is good.
The interplay of health care knowledge and information technology has become critical to improving operations and patient care. That’s where nurse informaticists come in.