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Program Details

The University of Washington Seattle Campus offers a Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT) Master of Science Degree. This degree program is well suited for individuals who wish to advance their career by using information technology tools to enhance the delivery of today’s healthcare. Graduates of this degree will gain knowledge and skills in health informatics, computing concepts, management of health systems, and much more. This program provides individuals with the opportunity to move beyond entry-level positions and gain job security in the healthcare field. Graduates of this program will be able to successfully use technology within the field to improve patient services. This program is beneficial for those who are already in a related career or those who wish to enter with more in-depth knowledge.
The Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies Master of Science Degree Program consists of 49 total credit hours that may be completed in as little as 15 months. Students are required to complete thirteen courses and one scholarly project. This curriculum includes Informatics Courses, Care Systems Courses, and Scholarly Inquiry Courses. Informatics courses that are required include Intro to Systems Thinking and Health Informatics, Computing Concepts, Database Concepts & Applications in Clinical Informatics, Systems Design & Project Management, Healthcare Information Systems & the EHR, Patient-Centered Interactive Health Communication Technologies, and Tele-health. Care Systems courses that students will complete are centered on management skills in the healthcare field. In order to prepare for the final Scholarly Project, students will take two Scholarly Inquiry courses. These include Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice and Scholarly Proposal Development. These courses are designed to ensure that students are well prepared to further their education and obtain specialized employment within the healthcare field. The courses for this program are expertly crafted to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and professional within the career.
All courses for this program are available online and may be completed on a part-time or full-time schedule. However, students are required to attend an annual meeting held in Seattle. The purpose of the annual meeting is to give an orientation to the program, training activities, and educational sessions. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll in this degree program. Applicants who wish to be admitted into this program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 90 credit hours that have been completed.


Ideal applicants will hold a Bachelor's degree and have at least one year of experience in health care delivery.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities