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Undergraduate Certificate in
Nursing Informatics

Program Summary

Learn to support the implementation and use of informatics tools in technology-rich health care environments. The curriculum in this online certificate program includes courses on electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, and other topics geared specifically for registered nurses.
How To Apply
Apply by May 7 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

9 Credits $620/$664 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

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 Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing 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 BSN 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 wish to enhance your professional credentials or take courses that will provide an introduction to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese 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
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