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 Semesters||Fall and Spring|
|Application Deadlines||March 1 (Fall) and November 1 (Spring)|
|Standardized Admission Test|
|Required Licenses||Current California Registered Nurse license|
|Additional Requirements||BSN 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|
|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
|MSNC 511||Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research||3|
|MSNC 512||Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems||3|
|HCIN 540||Introduction to Health Care Information Management||3|
|HCIN 542||Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics||3|
|HCIN 543||Database Design and Knowledge Management||3|
|HCIN 544||Advanced Health Care Information Management||3|
|HCIN 545||Residency in Health Care Informatics Capstone||3|
|HCIN 553||Clinical Documentation Systems: Specialist Role||3|
|ENLC 556||Management of Health Care System Quality Outcomes and Patient Safety||3|
|ENLC 557||Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems||3|