Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Informatics


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Informatics

Format: Online

Program Description:

About the Nursing Informatics Master’s Degree Emphasis

The Master’s in nursing with an emphasis in health informatics is designed for BSN-prepared nurses who want to better understand and apply the data involved in healthcare to make better decisions through evidenced-based practices.

Earn an Online MSN in Informatics Degree at GCU

The master’s in nurse informatics emphasis online program from the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions culminates in a capstone course and a 16-week practicum. This provides an opportunity for you to develop an evidence-based practice project in which you will:

    Identify a problem amenable to research-based intervention
    Search literature
    Propose a solution
    Develop a plan to implement the solution, evaluate its outcomes and disseminate the findings

The final practicum integrates nursing knowledge, leadership and advanced critical thinking in the development of a comprehensive and professional project plan. In addition to a master’s degree in nursing informatics capstone and practicum project, you will take courses that help you develop the skills necessary to improve patient care through the use of technology and data analysis.

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What You Will Study in the Master’s in Nursing Informatics Degree Emphasis

A master’s in nurse informatics emphasis teaches you how to optimize the use of patient and health data to achieve better patient outcomes, reduce costs and augment operational efficiency. You are equipped to help organizations adapt to the integration of technology and the continuous changes in patient-care systems.

You also have the opportunity to learn how to automate clinical care, build new operational data systems, train healthcare workers in the use of computer systems and analyze data to improve patient care.

In the MSN in informatics online degree program, course study includes:

    Healthcare research analysis
    Ethics, policy and finance
    Healthcare information systems
    Project evaluation and development
    Healthcare innovation

    Healthcare data management
    Electronic health records
    Research and population health management
    Leadership and informatics

Careers for Nursing Informatics Degree Emphasis Graduates

As a graduate of the master’s in nursing informatics program, various roles are available for you, including:

    Data scientist
    Computer network architect
    Computer and information systems manager
    Software developer
    Computer systems analyst

These roles may include automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training healthcare workers in the use of computer systems or collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care.

You may choose to work in a variety of settings, including:

    Primary care facility
    Doctor's office
    Insurance company

    Technology supplier
    Consulting firm
    Government agency

1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners as of May 2021, retrieved on 07/15/2022. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.

2 Retrieved from HealthCatalyst, The Three Essential Responsibilities of a Nurse Informaticist, in November 2022.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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