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Master's Programs

Nursing Informatics

The Nursing Informatics program prepares you to identify and manage health care data to support clinicians and patients in decision making and improve health outcomes.

As a nursing informatics student, you’ll integrate computer science and informatics science principles with nursing practice to gain an understanding of system design life cycles, data management, and health care technology. You will learn to analyze data to improve health outcomes, incorporate data in practice design, support interprofessional teams and manage projects.

Online course delivery — paired with a practicum that can be completed in your workplace — offers you flexible yet comprehensive training that prepares you to gain national certification in Nursing Informatics through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Graduates will have career opportunities such as clinical analyst, informatics nurse specialist, director of clinical informatics, clinical informatics coordinator, clinical transformation specialist, clinical informatics educator, and chief nursing informatics officer.

The MSN in Nursing Informatics requires 33 credit hours and can be completed in four semesters (full-time program) or seven semesters (part-time). All didactic coursework is online, distance format.

Full-time Program of Study

1st  semester
  • Nurs 734 - Conceptual Basis of Health Systems A
  • Nurs 775 - Foundations in Nursing Informatics A
  • ITEC 764 - Project Management for Health Information Systems B
  • Nurs 717 - Applications of Basic Statistics for Nursing & Nursing Services Management B
2nd semester
  • Nurs 790 - Research Methods for Nursing A
  • ITEC 770 - Health Database Systems A
  • Nurs 738 - Financing Health Care B
  • Nurs 791 - Seminar in Clinical Research B
3rd semester
  • Nurs 700 - Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations for Nursing A
  • Nurs 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis A
4th semester
  • Nurs 777 - Nursing Informatics Practicum*

Part-time Program of Study

1st semester
  • Nurs 775 - Foundations in Nursing Informatics A
  • Nurs 717 - Applications of Basic Statistics for Nursing & Nursing Services Management B
2nd semester
  • Nurs 790 - Research Methods for Nursing A
  • Nurs 738 - Financing Health Care B
3rd semester
  • Nurs 700 - Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations for Nursing A
4th semester
  • Nurs 734 - Conceptual Basis of Health Systems A
  • ITEC 764 - Project Management for Health Information Systems B
5th semester
  • ITEC 770 - Health Database Systems A
  • Nurs 791 - Seminar in Clinical Research B
6th semester
  • Nurs 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis A
7th semester
  • Nurs 777 - Nursing Informatics Practicum*

Aindicates A term, indicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.

*Course requires clinical hours (225 total clinical hours)

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from previous undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Three professional references - The professional recommendation form should come from individuals with a master’s or higher in a healthcare field who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. (Letters of recommendation cannot be used in lieu of our recommendation form.) Recommendations from family members are not appropriate.
  • A personal goal statement that reflects MSN program outcomes
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of residence
  • GRE not required

The MSN Nursing Informatics program only accepts students for fall entry. Applications are accepted November 1 – May 1 for Fall 2023 entry. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Early applications are encouraged. 

Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate admission, so be sure to review the requirements before you apply.

MSN program costs depend on several factors. For estimated costs, view Graduate Programs Cost Estimates 2021-2022. For the most up-to-date cost information, visit the Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees website.

Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

View our Ask the Expert video session with Director of Graduate Admission, Scott Ranges, and Graduate Program Faculty.

Contact Us

Phone: 803-777-9080
Email: NURSGRAD@mailbox.sc.edu

Address: 
Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208

Prior to entering academia, Kate Jones, DNP, RN, CENP, CCM served for more than 30 years in nursing leadership roles in home health care, hospice and community-based care settings. Her leadership roles included VP of Operations, SVP of Public Policy & Research and Chief Clinical Officer for a national home health and hospice company. She is currently on the board of directors of Community Health Accreditation Partners (CHAP), an accrediting body for community-based care based in Washington, DC. Jones joined the College of Nursing full-time in January 2018. She teaches nursing leadership courses in both the MSN and DNP programs.

Melissa Kupfer is the Director of Graduate Student Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs.  She also serves as the graduate student advisor for the NI program. 

 


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