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Nursing Informatics Nursing Certificates

Graduate Certificate


Capella University's nursing informatics certificate will prepare you to play an integral role in the management of health information systems in your organization. Using an evidence-based approach, you will learn how to utilize health information systems to influence strategic planning, decision making, and clinical project management.

Capella's Nursing Informatics certificate curriculum is aligned to Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies and Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) Initiative Informatics competencies.

Real-World Learning Through Virtual Health Care Environment

In this program, you’ll have access to Vila Health™, an immersive, simulated health system. This virtual health care environment—available only at Capella—allows you to practice real–world informatics situations and challenges first hand, including improving interoperability, clinical workflow, meaningful use initiatives, ICD–10, and population health.

Apply This Certificate to Your Next Degree

Comprised entirely of courses from our MSN in Nursing Informatics, the nursing informatics certificate offers an opportunity to earn a marketable credential and earn credits that can be transferred into our MSN.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core courses
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By earning your Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics from Capella University, you will have already completed thirty percent of the work toward earning an MSN in nursing informatics.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$435 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

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Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

$1K toward your certificate

Apply for a $1K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your certificate.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

Sample courses

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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, DNP, and Graduate Certificate 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

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