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Online MSN in Nursing Informatics

A nurse informatics career focuses on how to boost the management of information and communications in the field of nursing. The goals are to boost efficiency, cut costs, and boost patient care quality.

Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to better manage and communicate information, data and knowledge in the practice of nursing. Nursing informatics specialists facilitate data integration, information and knowledge so that they provide better support to patients, nurses and other health care providers.

Documentation is the major emphasis in the field of nursing informatics. The reason for this is that high quality care is fully dependent upon strong communication among the wide variety of health care providers. As health care providers communicate via notes on a chart, a nurse informatics analyst wants to increase the speed and accuracy of the charting process. This means that health care workers have better access to patient notes, and can mean better decisions about care.

Where Nurse Informaticists Work

Nursing informaticists frequently work in hospitals, health care facilities, consulting firms, universities and corporations. Some of their most frequent job titles include the following:

  • Clinical analyst
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Director – clinical informatics
  • Clinical informatics coordinator

Program Curriculum

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Graduate Major

Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Informatics

Health & Human Science Complex
Carter I

Tiffany Aldridge

Faculty & Staff

Nursing Students

The School of Nursing offers two admissions cycles: Fall Admission - March 1st; Spring Admission - October 15th

Curriculum Information

The informatics concentration focuses on preparing nurses to become proficient in health information technology and essential informatics competencies to function within patient care environments. The informatics track has five (5) core courses and seven (7) courses concentrating in nursing informatics. Included in the track is a 3-hour focused project. Full-time students may complete the program in 22 months.

Plan of Study & Models

Course Delivery

All courses in the MSN program are offered fully online through the Georgia On My Line (GOML) learning management system. A separate sign-on is required for GOML from that of the email system used by the home institution. The GOML Common Academic Calendar details specific deadlines for each semester. 

All theory (didactic/lecture) courses are offered online via GoVIEW online platform. The clinical requirements (preceptorship, practicum internship) in the curriculum will not be online. Preceptors for these experiences will be arranged in the student's locale whenever feasible. The student and preceptor in a clinical course must hold licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the clinical experience will be provided and will comply with the Board of Nursing's regulations regarding placement.

The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This CCNE approval for the MSN program extends from February 1, 2021 to December 31, 2026.

Admission Requirements

Graduate students can submit required documents through the document portal after completing the admissions application process. Students must complete the following items in order to be considered for the MSN program:

  • Graduate application for admission & $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Applicant must have their BSN at time of application
  • Three completed recommendation forms from professional or clinical associates
  • Current professional resume
  • Current active, unencumbered RN license
    (An unencumbered license means a license that is not currently on probation, monitoring, suspension, and/or does not have any other type of limitation including current participation in an alternative to discipline program.)