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Nursing Informatics Graduate Certificate

School of Nursing and Health and Sciences

The Nursing Informatics graduate certificate is designed for nursing professionals who want to increase their knowledge in delivering quality nursing care using health care technology and the many components that comprise health informatics. Using an evidence-based approach, learners address how health information systems influence strategic planning, decision making, and clinical project management.

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Five Required Courses



20 quarter credits

Evidence-Based Practice and Technology for Nursing

In this course, learners analyze the diverse frameworks of research and evidence-based nursing practice. Learners differentiate between various types of research strategies, examine ways to search for evidence effectively and efficiently, and propose an evidence-based strategy to solve a clinical problem. Learners also evaluate ethical considerations associated with conducting research. ​ For MSN and DNP learners only.

4 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics

Throughout the course, learners analyze the roles, theories, ethical implications, and standards of nursing informatics practice. Learners identify the rules, regulations, and current trends that govern professionals in the field. In addition, learners examine the evolution and perspectives of nursing informatics and apply knowledge and skills needed to lead and support improvements in health care.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Analysis of Clinical Information Systems and Application to Nursing Practice

In this course, learners analyze the various aspects of clinical information systems to deliver quality health care. In particular, learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to effectively plan, design, and implement health/clinical information systems within nursing practice. Learners also apply evidence-based informatics strategies to effect improved clinical outcomes. For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Advancing Health Care Through Data Mining

Learners in this course analyze and validate data and demonstrate the ability to act as key drivers in nursing informatics. Throughout the course, learners develop databases to enhance decision-making capabilities that improve clinical outcomes in multiple health care environments. In addition, learners examine the implications of data use related to responsibility, accountability, and dissemination.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Managing the Nursing Informatics Life Cycle

In this course, learners evaluate the typical life cycle of implementation, testing, evaluating, and supporting both hardware and software applications. Learners also apply project and change management principles in relation to the life cycle of a health care information system. For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits






20 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Alabama residents are not eligible to enroll in this graduate certificate.

This certificate does not prepare graduates for licensure as an RN or APRN.