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Healthcare Informatics Certificate


Healthcare Informatics combines cognitive science, information science, and computer science and integrates them with a healthcare focus. The Healthcare Informatics role was developed in response to the demand for workers to be prepared to be competitive in an increasingly information-dependent and technology-centered healthcare marketplace. With the ever changing delivery needs of the healthcare system, organizational needs and the challenges of improving patient outcomes, the necessity for informatics professionals is evident. Many roles within organizations require formal preparation and knowledge of informatics. This post-baccalaureate certificate program will allow students to gain the necessary knowledge to fill Healthcare Informatics professional roles. Nurses who complete the Healthcare Informatics Certificate will be eligible to sit for the Informatics Nursing Certification Exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) after meeting the criteria below.

Healthcare Informatics Admission Requirements

  Students applying to the Healthcare Informatics Certificate must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program (it is not necessary to have a degree in nursing, but those who seek to be certified in Nursing Informatics must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing).
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 higher.

Healthcare Informatics Admission Process

Students applying to the Healthcare Informatics Certificate must complete/submit the following:

  • Two reference letters from professional colleagues or supervisors via email to congrad@uwosh.edu.
  • Official undergraduate degree conferral transcripts from regionally accredited institution(s) sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.

The minimum number of credits needed to complete the program is 14. 

  • Students without a healthcare background need to take the preparatory course (additional 2 credits making the program 16 credits).
  • Students not working in an Informatics-related setting will take a 3-credit clinical course (additional 3 credits making the program 17-19 credits).

Nursing graduates will be eligible to sit for the ANCC Nursing Informatics Certification after meeting one of the following certification requirements:

  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Have practiced the equivalent of two years full-time as a registered nurse.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in informatics nursing within  the last three years.
  • Have practiced a minimum of 2,000 hours in informatics nursing within the last three years.
  • Have practiced a minimum of 1,000 hours in informatics nursing in the last three years and completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of academic credit in informatics courses that are part of a graduate-level informatics nursing program.
  • Have completed a graduate program in nursing informatics containing a minimum of 200 hours of faculty-supervised practicum in informatics (this would be equivalent to a 3- credit clinical).

Healthcare Informatics Certificate Curriculum

The program is 100 percent online although a practicum with clinical hours is part of this certificate.

Students without a healthcare background will take:  

  All students will take:  

  Students not working in a healthcare informatics related field will take:  

The CON currently offers one MSN course in Healthcare Informatics. The 3-credit MSN course will become one of the required courses in the Healthcare Informatics Certificate Program curriculum. The Graduate Program Director will develop a plan of study for each applicant, based on prior work experience related to informatics and educational background, to be shared at the time of the offer for admission.   For more information contact the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office, 920-424-2106, congrad@uwosh.edu.