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Program Details

Technology is transforming the healthcare industry and patient care. As a result, dynamic new job fields require knowledge and expertise in technology and research as well as in healthcare. In response, WGU has developed a specialized new master’s degree in nursing informatics.

WGU designed this online program to prepare nurses for advancement opportunities. The curriculum develops knowledge and skills in nursing science, computer science, and information science. Graduates of WGU’s M.S. in Nursing Informatics will learn how to combine information and communication technologies to improve healthcare with data-driven decision-making, how to apply nursing informatics to real-world situations, and how to coordinate care across multiple settings.

Students have a choice of two academic tracks to the master’s degree in nursing informatics, both designed for working nurses who want to become experts in healthcare information technology:

  • The RN to MSN option, designed for registered nurses (RNs) with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and a current RN license.
  • The BSN to MSN option, designed for RNs with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and a current RN license.

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This program consists of 36 competency units (CUs, our equivalent to the traditional credit hour), including a capstone project.

Applicants must be registered nurses (RNs) with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and a current, unencumbered RN license who wish to move into nursing informatics.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.
WGU is the first online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 
WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). WGU's nursing programs are CCNE accredited  (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


This degree is not authorized for residents in the following state(s):  Tennessee and Washington.