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Online MSN in Nursing Informatics

An ACEN-Accredited MSN Offered Online

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  • Duration 4 – 6 Semesters
  • Cost per Credit $732
  • Credit Hours 36

Program Benefits

  • Practicum opportunities prepare you for realities in the workforce
  • Expert educators offer one-on-one attention to every student
  • ACEN-accredited curriculum prepares you for the licensure exam

Improve Patient Care, Clinical Workflows and Systems

In the online MSN in Nursing Informatics degree program at FAMU, you’ll build advanced nursing skills in research, policy and disease prevention. Then you’ll focus on integrating nursing knowledge, information and computer science to improve clinical care, outcomes, systems and processes. Complete a practicum to gain experience and graduate ready for the informatics nurse (RN-BC) certification exam through the ANCC.

Drive Innovation in Well-Paid Nurse Informatics Positions

The HIMSS 2020 Nursing Informatics survey1 found that nurse informaticists drive the development, implementation and optimization of electronic medical/health records, nursing clinical documentation, point-of-care clinical decision support and computerized practitioner order entry. It also revealed that nearly 50% of informaticists, 6% more than just six years ago, reported a salary above $100,000.

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Integrate Advanced Nursing Knowledge and Technologies into Clinical Practice

11 total courses

180-hour practicum

The online Master of Science in Nursing Informatics program requires you to complete 11 courses for a total of 36 credit hours. Courses are taught by leaders in nursing who are committed to helping you prepare for the informatics nurse (RN-BC) exam through the ANCC for career advancement. You’ll complete all coursework online and gain hands-on experience in the field through practicum hours at the facility of your choice.

Courses Include:

  • Informatics in Nursing Healthcare
  • Database Design, Development and Application
  • System Design, Implementation, Evaluation & Maintenance
  • Data Science and Data Analytics I
  • Health Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Nursing Informatics Project and Change Management
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Transfer up to 6 credits

No entrance exam required

The first step towards becoming a nurse practitioner with specialized skills begins with submitting your application. The online MSN in Nursing Informatics program offers three start dates per year to allow you to begin your next step at a time that works for your busy schedule. To get started, make sure you have the following:

A 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
A BSN from an accredited institution
All official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities
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Invest in Yourself and Your Future with Florida A&M University

$732 per credit

Scholarships and financial aid available

The online MSN in Nursing Informatics degree costs $732 per credit hour. The total cost of the program is $26,352 before transfer credits. In addition to FAMU’s affordable and competitive tuition rates, financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available to those who qualify.

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What You’ll Learn

Throughout the online MSN in Nursing Informatics degree program, you’ll learn how to play an essential role in all phases of the systems development lifecycle, including analysis, design, development and implementation across many types of organizations.

Program Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from the sciences, humanities, best evidence and nursing to support advanced practice nursing
  • Foster collaboration, change and advocacy to influence advanced practice nursing and improve health care using leadership skills
  • Continuously improve quality and safety in health care using the best available evidence to implement initiatives
  • Guide advanced practice nursing and improve health outcomes by integrating evidence, clinical guidelines and clinical investigative skills
  • Optimize health outcomes in advanced practice nursing with appropriate technologies and information literacy skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development, analysis and evaluation of health policies and health care affecting advanced practice nursing and health outcomes
  • Analyze complex health systems to improve the delivery of care and patient outcomes
  • Apply ethical principles in decision-making to achieve sound solutions to issues related to individuals, populations and systems of care
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for patient-centered care and professional development
  • Apply information science and technology solutions to solve nursing and health informatics problems, improving care quality and patient safety
  • Enact social change in ways that foster health by evaluating emerging issues in health care, technologies and society

About Our Faculty

Our purpose is to prepare exceptional nurses by creating a dynamic atmosphere where intellectual leaders are prepared to assume advanced roles as esteemed members of the Health Care team in order to improve delivery of health care and scientific knowledge underpinning evidence-based, culturally appropriate nursing practice to the residents of the state, the nation, and the world. Our focus will be on educating quality individual practitioners rather than quantities of students.

Faculty Spotlight

Doctor Lisa H Gardner

Dr. Lisa Gardner, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Dr. Lisa H. Gardner holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida A&M University (FAMU), a Master of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama Birmingham. She is a tenured Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at FAMU School of Nursing. Dr. Gardner is also a nationally certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career expands over 25 years of combined academia and clinical nursing experience. Dr. Gardner’s passion is promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and illness prevention. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate nursing courses and remains committed to educating nursing students to become excellent healthcare providers. Her love of nursing was displayed as the 2022 Daisy Award recipient for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and the CRMC 30th Nurse of Excellence Award.

Faculty Spotlight

Doctor Carswella Phillips

Dr. Carswella Phillips DNP, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, CNE

Dr. Carswella Phillips completed her BSN and MSN in Nursing from Florida A &M University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Nursing Administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Phillips is a tenured, associate professor with a variety of teaching experiences in ASN, BSN, and graduate level nursing coursework in both traditional campus and distance education settings. Her practice and teaching areas of interest include medical-surgical nursing, orthopedic nursing, primary care advanced practice nursing, health policy, nursing workforce sustainability and interprofessional approaches to evidence-based practice and teaching integration.

While serving as faculty and/or coordinator of several undergraduate and graduate courses, Dr. Phillips has been instrumental in developing best practices designed to increase NCLEX and certification pass rates,
increasing academic integrity, and elevating program retention and enrollment among diverse student populations. She is a nurse consultant, virtual NCLEX prep educator, board certified nurse educator and adult- gerontology nurse practitioner. Dr. Phillips serves as the Program Director of the Adult-Gerontology and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner concentrations within the Graduate Nursing Department at Florida A&M University.
Her research interests include nursing workforce shortage issues, experiential instructional practices, best practices among distance education programming, and implementation of evidence-based care in the primary care and acute care settings. Dr. Phillips is also active in several state and national organizations including serving on the board of directors of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network (FNPN) and member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Chi Eta Phi Sorority, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau International Society. She is the recipient of the 2022 inaugural Daisy award for Extraordinary Nurse Faculty at Florida A&M University. She demonstrates a commitment to the vision of FAMU School of Nursing, excellence, and compassion for patients, families, colleagues, and students. She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling with her husband.

Advance Your Career at Your Pace

Florida A&M University offers a selection of online degree programs designed to fit your schedule and prepare you for career advancement. As an online student, you’ll have the flexibility to access courses at the time and place of your choice as you learn from the same expert faculty who teach on campus and experience the rigorous curriculum our HBCU is known for.

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Answers to Common Questions

The online MSN program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time with one class every 8 or 16 weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

No, prior work experience is not required, but a current, valid, unrestricted and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the state of Florida or the state which the applicant is practicing is required. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

Yes, the online MSN in Nursing Informatics accepts up to 6 transfer credits. Students applying for the post-master’s program may transfer up to 22 credits based on their advanced practice specialization. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

The requirements for the online MSN in Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP program include:

  • Completed application
  • 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of baccalaureate nursing studies.
  • Official BSN transcript. MSN transcript is required for post-masters applicants.

You can learn more about our admission requirements here.

There are 45 hours of clinical and lab placement work as well as a 180-hour practicum needed to complete the online MSN in Nursing Informatics.

You’ll graduate from the online MSN in Nursing Informatics program qualified to take the Informatics Nurse (RN-BC) certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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