Master of Science in Nursing for Health Care Informatics

The effective delivery of medical care increasingly requires information technology to harness and systemize this storehouse of knowledge. Through the emerging field of health care informatics, scattered ports of information are pulled together to expedite more comprehensive, accurate care.

As an informatics professional, you can become an architect of the very future of the industry. In simplified terms, health care informatics brings computer science and knowledge management into day-to-day patient care. Its sole purpose is to automate, organize and improve the transmission of information to support the delivery of health care. Informatics enables doctors and nurses to computerize and centralize their patient records, lab technicians to send electronic test results immediately, pharmacists to view a patient's entire prescription catalog, and much more. The end goal is to improve medical care by increasing speed and accuracy while reducing errors and costs.

Recent changes in the health care industry call for clinicians, administrators and executive leaders who can mobilize innovative technologies. However, there is a critical shortage of qualified professionals capable of applying these technologies and communicating effectively with both health care providers and IT professionals.

With a graduate certificate program and two master's degrees in Health Care Informatics, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is prepared to address that shortage. Registered Nurses who complete the certificate and/or the master’s programs are eligible to seek certification as nursing informaticists through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Both nursing and non-nursing graduates are prepared for certification through the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Entrance SemestersFall and Spring
Application DeadlinesMarch 1 (Fall) and November 1 (Spring)
Standardized Admission Test
Required LicensesCurrent California Registered Nurse license
Additional RequirementsBSN degree from an approved, accredited school
One year of clinical experience preferred
Basic computer literacy
Basic statistics course
Basic nutrition course
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Completion of the University Application for the Master of Science in Nurisng (MSN) Program
One official transcript from each college or university attended
Three professional recommendations
Resume/CV
Interview (only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application)
Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, a report of recent physical examination, and BLS certification if admitted into the program
International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission http://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/graduate/international/

Health Care Informatics-MSN

MSN Curriculum Plan

MSN Core
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research3
MSNC 512Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems3
HCI Core
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
HCIN 542Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics3
HCIN 543Database design and Knowledge Management3
HCIN 544Advanced Health Care Information Management3
HCIN 545Residency in Health Care Informatics Capstone3
HCI Emphasis
HCIN 553Clinical Documentation Systems: Specialist Role3
ENLC 556Management of Health Care System Quality Outcomes and Patient Safety3
ENLC 557Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems3
MSNC 507Statistics3