The Masters of Science in Nursing Informatics blends aspects of cognitive science, computer science, information science, and nursing science, with the ability to develop, analyze, and evaluate information systems augmented by technology to support and enhance the management of patient care.
Informatics nurses are high-tech specialists that facilitate the convergence between technical staff and clinicians. Career opportunities for graduates of this specialty are numerous and span from hospitals to consulting firms. The job market for Informatics nurses is one of the leading areas of growth according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Pitt’s Nursing Informatics concentration stresses the development of leadership in nursing by learning the management and processing of data to create information and develop knowledge. There are three different options in Nursing Informatics; a major, a minor, and post-masters certificate. All may be completed on a full or part-time basis.
Graduates of this area of concentration are eligible for the Nursing Informatics Certification Exam, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and prepared for the theoretical components of the Certified Associate in Health Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) or Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS), offered by Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMMS). (Note: Visit the ANCC and HIMSS websites for eligibility requirements.)
Additionally, graduates are enjoying meaningful employment in a variety of positions such as Medical Informatics Coordinator, Systems Analyst, Senior Consultant Project Manager, Director, EHR Support, Informatics Nurse, Applications Manager, Clinical Solutions Specialist, and many more.
All applications to the Masters Programs in Nursing are reviewed by faculty in that specific major/area of concentration. Applicants must meet a variety of criteria in order to be considered.
Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.
Please visit the MSN Application/Admission page for a full list of application requirements, including deadlines and clearances.
Admission of International Applicants
Applications from international students are reviewed according to the program admission criteria stated above, and admissions deadlines for all programs are available online. The online application must be completed in English. The official transcripts must show all high school and post-high school work, including grades in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations and classes, and whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the student’s academic accomplishments. For more information, visit the School of Nursing International Applicants page.
Tuition for online programs at the University of Pittsburgh is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Current tuition rates and student fee information can be found at the Pitt Online Tuition and Fees page.
Please visit the MSN Nursing Informatics Curriculum page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will help students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.