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


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 Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved the dissolution of the Georgia Intercollegiate Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) and for both universities in this consortium to have their own Master of Science in nursing programs. For those students enrolled in GICGNE, there will be no change- students will remain enrolled under GICGNE until graduation.

Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing will begin enrolling new students in the GSW-only M.S.N. program in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020. This will include students in all tracks of Family Nurse Practitioner, Informatics, Education, and Leadership. Because the master's degree is only accredited under GICGNE,  GSW will be seeking separate accreditation.

Therefore, the master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationApplying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.