Prepare yourself with the skills you need to thrive in the modern world of data-focused healthcare.

Modern healthcare is dependent upon vast amounts of information. In order to be effective in their roles, nurses, doctors and other caregivers must understand the role of this data and be able to leverage and manipulate it to improve patient outcomes.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a concentration in health informatics is designed to arm students with the skills that they need to acquire, store, retrieve, and use healthcare information to foster better collaboration among a patient's various health care providers.

The program is designed for the working professional, with flexible classes in the evenings, weekends, online and in an intensive format. Candidates for the program hold a master's degree in nursing, and function in advanced practice roles, including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nursing leaders and nursing educators.

Why Earn a DNP in Health Informatics?

The field of health informatics integrates nursing with information science, enabling practitioners to better manage and leverage healthcare data to promote efficiencies within your organization, predict trends, and provide more meaningful care and better patient outcomes.

As a health informatics specialist, you will play a critical role in the push toward health care reform, an evolving specialization that combines information technology, communications, and healthcare to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

  • Prerequisites

    • NU 601 Nursing Theory
    • HP 609 Health Policy, Politics and Perspectives
  • DNP Core Requirements

    Course Name Credits
    NU 710 Health Care Informatics 3
    NU 713 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
    NU 716 Culture and Health Perspectives 3
    NU 726 Advanced Research Methods for EBP I 3
    NU 727 Advanced Research Methods for EBP II 3
    NU 740 Scholarly DNP Project I 3
    NU 741 Scholarly DNP Project II 3
    NU 742 Scholarly DNP Project III 3
    NU 743 Scholarly DNP Project IV 3
    Three Electives 3 (each)
    Total 30
  • Health Informatics Specialization

    Required Courses

    • HP 635 Health Information Systems
    • HP 638 Strategic Leadership in Health Informatics
    • HP 643 Database Design and Development in Healthcare
  • Admission Requirements

    Candidates eligible for this program hold a master's degree in nursing, and function in advanced practice roles including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nursing leaders and nursing educators.

    • Completed application form, including all transcripts.
    • Completed Hours Verification Form (applicants are required to complete this form in addition to the online application).
    • Two essays; a resume; two letters of recommendation.
    • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 is required.
    • Interview with the program director.
    • The GRE/MAT requirement will be waived for those applicants whose GPA was 3.5 or higher in their MS in nursing program.
    • Applicants are encouraged to review the AACN Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and incorporate these essentials in their essays.

Curriculum

All Regis College DNP students are expected to complete a 27-credit core curriculum, as well as nine elective credits. This includes coursework on advanced research methods, as well as four scholarly project classes which allow you to explore in-depth critical issues in healthcare and share your work with the healthcare community.

For those pursuing the concentration in health informatics, these elective credits will consist of courses on health information systems, strategic leadership in health informatics, and database design and development in healthcare.

The length of the DNP program can vary from three to seven years, depending on how many courses a student takes each semester. All students meet with the Dean of the School of Nursing to develop their own personal and customized curriculum plan, which takes into account the sequencing and cadence of courses.