Grantham University offers the Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Nursing Informatics Program in the online format. It is a 36-credit hour program that essentially teaches students how to use information technology to improve the quality of patient care. Graduates of this program should be able to provide input and direction for database systems, process designs, manage data and related patient care intake processes such as electronic medical records. They are also responsible for providing leadership and guidance for the design, implementation and operations support of information solutions in the clinical and administrative aspects.
Required courses include Foundation Advanced Practice Nursing, Legal and Ethical Issues of Advanced Practice, Essentials of Nursing Informatics, Healthcare Systems, Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice, Project and Change Management, Diverse Populations and Healthcare, Information Security Privacy Healthcare, Nursing Information Research Seminar, and Nursing Informatics Practicum. The program builds on the education and practice achieved on the bachelor’s level. It has been developed in accordance with the essentials of Master’s Education for Nursing from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.
By blending nursing science, information science, and computer science, students are prepared to enter the rapidly growing field of nursing informatics. The online format of the program allows students to familiarize themselves with the use of technology which is a very important component of the field they intend to enter. Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a valid RN license.