Post-MSN/DNP Nursing Informatics Certificate (online)


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The Post-MSN/DNP Certificate in Nursing Informatics is a combination of cognitive science, computer science, information science, and nursing science It includes the development, analysis, and evaluation of information systems that support, enhance and manage patient care. Informatics nurses are involved in practice, education, research, administration, and consultation and can work in public, private, or corporate settings.  Career opportunities for graduates of this specialty are numerous.

The curriculum includes course work in introduction to informatics, clinical information systems, and project management.  Practica are designed to enhance the students' knowledge and skill set through active participation in a selected informatics role.

Graduates of the Post-MSN/DNP Certificate in Nursing Informatics may be eligible for the Nursing Informatics Certification Exam, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Certified Associate in Health Information & Management Systems  (CAHIMS) or Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS), offered by Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMMS). (Note: Visit the ANCC and HIMSS websites for eligibility requirements.)   

Curriculum Format

  • Part-time (~ 4 terms)
  • 240 practicum hours (minimum)
  • 15 course credits
  • Online only


Graduates of the Post-Master’s/DNP Certificate in Nursing Informatics are prepared to:

  • Analyze clinical information systems for adoption by healthcare systems
  • Manage projects in a multidisciplinary integrated healthcare informatics environment
  • Consult with companies in the design of healthcare information systems
  • Plan and develop informatics applications for telehealth, consumer health, and community-based care.

Admission Criteria

  • Valid registered nurse license in state where clinical experiences are performed
  • 3.0 or higher in MSN, DNP or higher nursing degree (from an ACEN (NLN), ACICS, or CCNE accredited program)
  • Satisfactory resume
  • Pre-admission interview
  • Complete online application
  • International applicants: see Pitt's Office of International Services
  • Fall Term Admission

Curriculum: Post-MSN/DNP in Nursing Informatics (subject to change)

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