Nursing Informatics Post Master's Certificate Program

NOTE: Until further notice, we are no longer accepting applicants for this concentration due to a severe shortage of Nursing Informatics faculty. No new students will be admitted in the Informatics concentration after Spring semester 2014. The other three concentrations offer rewarding career options for students interested in Post Master's degree programs.

Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, information science, computer science and so much more. A Master's-prepared nurse who engages in nursing informatics is an informatics nurse specialist. As an informatics nurse specialist, you will identify, collect, process, and manage data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education, research, and the expansion of nursing knowledge. This program is designed for students who hold a Master's degree in another area of nursing and are interested in obtaining a certificate in Nursing Informatics.

On-Campus Meeting Requirements
Institution On-campus Meeting Requirements
Austin Peay State University NO
East Tennessee State University NO
Middle Tennessee State University NO
Tennessee State University NO
Tennessee Technological University NO
University of Memphis YES*

*All University of Memphis Nursing Informatics students are required to attend an orientation program on campus prior to the beginning of their first semester in the program.

Admission Requirements

  1. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed*.
  2. An earned Master's degree in Nursing with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*.
  3. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course.
  4. Graduate school TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score as required by your TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.

    TOEFL Score Requirements
    School TOEFL Paper-based score Internet-based score Computer-based score
    APSU > 500 or 61 or 173
    ETSU > 550 or 79 or 231
    MTSU > 525 or 71 or 195
    TSU > 500 or 61 or 173
    TTU > 500 n/a n/a
    UOM > 550 or n/a 210

*Applications will not be accepted prior to completion of the BSN and attainment of RN licensure.

Concentration Requirements (all required)

NURS 5401 Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 3
NURS 5402 Healthcare Information Systems & Technology Integration 3
**NURS 5403 Project Management in Systems Analysis and Design 3
***NURS 5404 Project Management in Systems Implementation & Evaluation 3
NURS 5406 Healthcare Data Analysis & Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 5407 Informatics Applications I 2
NURS 5409 Informatics Applications II 2

Concentration Requirements - Total Hours


Nursing Informatics Practicum Requirement

NURS 5410 Informatics Practicum 4
Nursing Informatics Practicum - Total Hours 4
Nursing Informatics - Total Hours 23

*NOTE: Total practice contact hours = 240
**NURS 5407 is a prerequisite for NURS 5403.
***NURS 5409 is a prerequisite for NURS 5404.

NOTE: The 5000 level numbering of courses for Austin Peay, East Tennessee State and Tennessee State are cross listed with the 6000 and 7000 level course numbers to represent Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and the University of Memphis respectively.

Link to Guidelines for Clinical Preceptorships

Nursing Informatics Concentration Coordinator

Dr. Richard Meeks

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