West Coast University's MSN in Nursing Informatics Online helps prepare students for an exciting career in the development and management of healthcare information technology, incorporating the tools and skills to design and improve the use of informatics into practice, education, administration and research. As a RN to MSN Informatics online graduate of this program, WCU prepares you to assist in the creation, analysis, and testing of applications utilized in electronic health records, provide support and training and act as a liaison between all departments involved in the introduction and use of healthcare technology, as well as facilitate in the analysis of clinical data for performance improvement programs and enhance the continuity of care.
Get the most out of your online degree with these clear advantages:
- 24-month RN to MSN Informatics online program
- Access to on-campus student services including Career Services, and in California and Texas, access to our technologically advanced Simulation Centers
- Streamlined curriculum allowing for transfer credits—up to 90 credit hours
- 335 Practice Experience hours
- Graduates are eligible to take the Informatics Nursing Certification (RN-BC) exam
- Includes Curriculum and Instruction course which helps prepare graduates for teaching opportunities
- Discounted CEs through Contemporary Forums—the leader in healthcare continuing education—plus professional networking opportunities and more
- Competitive tuition—ask about our Nursing Partner Grant
- WCU is regionally accredited by WSCUC and our online nursing programs are CCNE accredited
At WCU, you are not alone. You should have the support and guidance that should help you achieve your professional goals. Our online classes are energizing, engaging and enriched with video content, simulations, adaptive quizzing and on the-go resources—to help you stay connected wherever you are. WCU’s RN to MSN Informatics online program is simple to navigate and easy to use while we support you with clear and continuous access to your instructors, peers, Student Services and our 24/7 technical support.
If you are a RN looking to advance your education, consider your options at West Coast University. WCU offers multiple online programs for RNs – RN to BSN and RN to MSN (multiple track options). Learn how you can maximize your time and tuition dollars advancing directly from an RN to an MSN!
The informatics-specific RN to MSN Informatics online courses will introduce the students to the various roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Informaticist, including user involvement in information systems, electronic health records (EHR), system implementation, information management and analytics, as well as liability issues. RN to MSN Informatics online students will learn about the ethical, legal and social issues arising from the use of computerized technology and information systems in delivering health care. The RN to MSN Informatics online courses will also emphasize patient confidentiality and the privacy and safety of clinical data. The key to the future of nursing is becoming familiar with emerging insights and embracing successful innovation processes.
The RN to MSN Informatics online curriculum is in alignment with Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) which is focused on education reform and interprofessional community development.
Focusing on a multidisciplinary perspective, RN to MSN Informatics online graduates are prepared to take on the challenges of integrating science, computer science, and information science to manage and share data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. As healthcare associations are utilizing technology at an increasing pace, Nurse Informaticists will take on an essential role in the preservation of security and patient privacy while focusing on integrating information with evidence-based practice to enhance the provision of care. They play a critical role in the successful selection and implementation of technology tools to help improve patient safety.
Through the appropriate use of new technologies, Nurse Informaticists can enhance nursing practice through quicker and more efficient access to patient information, which will improve overall efficiency, and lead to a reduction in potential errors.
Support Beyond Graduation
West Coast University supports its RN to MSN Informatics online students beyond the last day of class. We are committed to helping our RN to MSN Informatics online graduates throughout their careers.
Through our Career Service Department, we provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals and enhance the prospects for securing employment and obtaining professional success.
Since healthcare professionals are life-long learners, WCU assists its RN to MSN Informatics online graduates by providing them ongoing discounted CEs through a complimentary membership to our partner company, Contemporary Forums.
Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military Personnel
Individuals who have held Military Health Care Training may be eligible to receive credit for previous education training.
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Nursing Challenge Exam Additional Requirements
The distance education nursing programs for Texas residents is offered through the Dallas, TX campus. For other states, nursing distance education is offered through the Orange County, CA campus and may not be available to residents in all states. The RN to MSN Nursing Informatics program requires 200 hours of Practice Experience.
West Coast University's online Master of Science in Nursing is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).