Demand for Nurse Informaticists is growing due in part to a federal program called Meaningful Use which requires hospitals, clinics, and health care providers to have an electronic medical record. With this new demand comes the need to train nurses and non-clinicians with new skill sets. Employment opportunities for nurses graduating with a Master’s Degree in Health Care Informatics are positions in the following areas: Installation and management of electronic medical records, medical device development, clinical data analytics, and telehealth.
USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, in partnership with the Division of Professional and Continuing Education, offer a graduate certificate and a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Health Care Informatics. This also prepares graduates to sit for national certification in health care informatics. USD's health care informatics program is entering its third year. Ten students have already graduated graduating with master’s degrees, and currently, 22 students are pursuing graduate certificates or the master's program options.
To fulfill the demand for more people with this skill set, USD continues to grow the program by adding five new cutting-edge elective courses: Introduction to Geohealth, which trains students to apply geographic information systems (GIS) software to health surveillance and research; Telehealth and Emerging Technologies; The only Health Care Six Sigma course in San Diego which trains students to improve productivity and efficiency in health care delivery; and the Clinical Documentation Specialist courses which trains nurses who wish to pursue employment in this new role. Many courses in the program may be taken as single courses through the Division of Professional and Continuing Education and may be applied at a later date to the graduate certificate or degree programs.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the job outlook for informatics nurse specialists, medical records and health information technicians, is expected to increase 21% over the current decade. The national median salary range for a clinical informatics coordinator is $73,144 and $97,750 for a Health Information Services Director, according to Salary.com.
Nurses interested in single courses, graduate certificate, or the master's degree program may contact the Hahn School of Nursing’s Program Coordinator, Jonathan Mack, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jodi Waterhouse at the Division of Professional and Continuing Education at email@example.com. For more information please visit www.sandiego.edu/nursing.