Nursing Informatics


We are the #4 Grad School of Nursing MSN. Nurses use health care technology more than any other discipline. Ensuring the everyday technological tools used by nurses are designed to support workflow is essential for effective care delivery.

Our program prepares graduates to join the nursing informatics workforce ready to embrace and solve today’s most challenging technology-related health care issues.

Our program is committed to equipping students to:

  • Create systems that work
  • Develop synergy between people, processes, & technology
  • Make data actionable
  • Transform care
  • Improve health

Informatics skills to leverage the emerging and available tools make this dynamic field exciting, cutting edge and essential for advancing nursing practice. The need for a skilled workforce in the field of informatics has never been stronger.

As a Master’s-prepared informatics nurse specialist, you will identify, collect, process, and manage data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education, research and the expansion of nursing knowledge.

Do you want to transform care and improve health outcomes on a broader scale?  If so, nursing informatics could be right for you!

Nursing informatics has been recognized as a specialty in nursing with board certification through the ANA’s American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1992. Let this important field place you at the core of the nursing discipline.

Tip Tilton

"I became a nurse informaticist because I really enjoy problem solving and providing clinical perspectives to technical solutions. What I love most about my work is the fact that I get to be involved in the implementation of new technology in healthcare. "

Tip Tilton
Clinical Informaticist, UCSF Health


Interested in hearing about Nursing Informatics MSN and Post Master’s programs at VUSN? Patricia Sengstack DNP, RN-BC, FAAN, FACMI shares information about this ever growing field of nursing and VUSN's nationally ranked program in this presentation. Watch now.


Our Strengths

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Informatics specialty program…

  • Provides a foundational and contemporary curriculum that includes:
    • current and emerging data analysis tools
    • project management
    • decision support
    • consumer and population health
    • mobile technologies
    • telehealth
    • virtual reality
    • evidence-based practice
    • and more
  • Provides students with nationally recognized, doctorally-prepared faculty with real-world experience to help students achieve their career goals
  • Is affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center – a nationally recognized leader in the field
  • Has additional affiliations that provide resources to students as they focus on their personal areas of informatics interest
  • Delivers a customized practicum experience satisfying national certification exam requirements
  • Mentors students 1-on-1 for personalized experiences and career coaching

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, when considering all specialties, consistently ranks as one of the top 20 graduate nursing schools in the country.

Our Curriculum

  • Offers foundational & contemporary content
  • Encourages technologic sophistication & innovation.
  • Provides access to extensive informatics resources such as:
    • Multiple online databases for evidence discovery
    • Statisticians & data scientists
    • Clinical decision support experts
  • Is designed for working RNs who can apply content in their current work sites
  • Prepares you to be an informatics leader
  • Offers the opportunity to seamlessly progress to Vanderbilt’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program
  • Explore our curriculum for Nursing Informatics

Educational Formats

The Nursing Informatics specialty is a modified online learning format that allows students to attend graduate school without having to relocate or give up employment.

Clinical Practicum

Clinical practicum requirements are negotiated in a best effort to accommodate a student’s placement requests. 

Career Opportunities 

Informatics nurse specialists (INSs) are needed in all areas of care delivery, including inpatient, ambulatory, home health, skilled nursing facilities and any setting where nurses provide care. INSs also work for health care software vendors to provide clinical expertise in the development and management of clinical systems. Additionally, INSs are employed in academic settings to support faculty using the latest educational technology tools and to educate our next generation of informatics nurses. INSs serve as:

  • Clinical Analysts
  • Health Information Technology (IT) Project Managers
  • Health System Implementation Specialists
  • IT System Education and Training Specialists
  • Data Analysts and Data Managers
  • Health IT Security and Privacy Specialists
  • Academic Educators and Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Informatics Administrators and Executives

Watch this video about career trajectories in nursing informatics

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