Nursing Informatics DNP

The use of electronic health records and information systems is foundational for providing and improving health care.
Nursing Informatics
A DNP degree with an informatics specialty focus prepares nurses to lead the selection, implementation and optimization of information systems to support nursing and interprofessional care as well as assure patient access to essential health information.

Length and commitment

  • 3-year, full-time program
  • Online: All coursework completed online except as noted below
  • On campus: Each semester for a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and advisor meetings.
  • Practicum sites: Complete 1,000 hours at practicum sites arranged by the school

Opportunities for students

The nurse informatics area of study provides students with interesting and challenging opportunities in many areas including:

  • Clinical health informatics
  • Consumer informatics, including telehealth and mobile technology
  • Population health informatics
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Database design and queries
  • Knowledge representation and interoperability
  • Clinical decision support and evidence-based practice
  • Human factors and usability
  • Leadership and health informatics
  • Research in health informatics
  • Development and project management of health informatics projects
  • Simulations and gaming

What makes our program distinct?

The University of Minnesota is among the top nursing informatics programs in the United States and provides international scholarly leadership and collaboration through the Center for Nursing Informatics.

The Center for Nursing Informatics at the School of Nursing further connects students and faculty through collaborations with local, national and international partnerships, including:

Ranked #2 nationally

Our Nursing Informatics program is ranked second in the nation by US News and World Report's Best Grad Schools ranking.

Graduates are prepared to:

Graduates are prepared to work in interprofessional teams of clinicians, computer technology staff and administrators to transform health care using digital tools and techniques.

A unique focus for this field is linking patients, providers, public health and researchers through authorized and secure information sharing.

Graduates are prepared to lead teams that provide the right information at the right time for the right person to provide the right care. Take time to see this three-minute video by the Office of the National Coordinator.

Graduates pursue careers as:

  • Business application analysts
  • Chief information officers
  • Chief nursing information officers
  • Clinical decision support specialists
  • Clinical informatics coordinators
  • Clinical informatics system analysts
  • Clinical support - safety managers
  • Clinical systems analysts
  • Directors of nursing informatics
  • Directors of quality informatics
  • Faculty specializing in informatics
  • Healthcare informatics software developers
  • Implementation consultants
  • Informatics nurse educators
  • Information system clinical project leaders
  • Information systems administrators
  • Information technology training directors
  • Nursing/health informatics consultants
  • Project managers for health information systems


The DNP specialty prepares nurses to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination in Informatics Nursing. 

Contact us

George Sakkal
Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Nursing Informatics

Meet our students

Galen Hamann 

Galen Hamann, Nursing Informatics DNP

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