Undergraduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics

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Become Proficient in Information Technology for Health Care with a Certificate in Nursing Informatics

This is a 9-credit course series designed to provide you with informatics knowledge and to prepare you to support, promote, and assist in the implementation and efficient, ethical, and safe use of informatics tools in information- and technology-rich health care environments. Courses in the certificate emphasize the use of informatics tools, such as electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, database management and data mining, patient safety technologies such as Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA), RFID technologies, and smart pumps.

Through this dynamic curriculum, you can learn new skills, including system evaluations, quality improvement, and patient safety, to support organizational knowledge management and to promote public health.

Why Penn State World Campus

Earn a renowned credential — The Undergraduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics is an outreach program of the highly respected Penn State College of Nursing, accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and delivered online through the innovative World Campus.

Build a solid foundation — As you work to complete the nursing informatics certificate program, you can apply 6 of the certificate credits toward electives in Penn State's online RN to B.S. degree. In addition, courses in the certificate program may satisfy continuing professional education requirements.

Usable skills — The 9 credits in the online nursing informatics certificate include course work in electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, and database management. You can learn the type of information that you can apply immediately to demonstrate your competency and advance your career.

Flexibility — The online learning format offered by Penn State World Campus makes it possible for you to fit a degree program into your life, even with your current responsibilities. The flexibility of studying when and where you want can give you the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge you need to stand out among your peers.

Who Should Apply?

If you have a valid RN license and you wish to enhance your professional credentials or take courses that will provide an introduction to the RN to BS in nursing degree program, Penn State College of Nursing’s online nursing informatics certificate program was designed for you.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Steady job growth in health care is projected for the next several years. As a graduate of the nursing informatics certificate program, you could obtain a position within the informatics area of various organizations including:

  • hospitals
  • corporate offices of health care systems
  • consulting firm or health care vendor
  • home health agencies
  • managed care or insurance companies
  • government military facilities

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about the benefits of taking courses online.