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Nursing Informatics

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 in 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.

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What Makes Our Program Distinct?

Our Nursing Informatics program is ranked #2 in the nation by US News and World Report's Best Grad Schools ranking.

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:

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

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George Sakkal

Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator



Gift from Japan advances nursing informatics
Kanetoshi Hattori wants to light a fire under the next generation of nurse researchers. 

Breaking barriers
As a nursing informatics leader at Optum, DNP grad Kari Miller makes health care technology support rather than hinder.

Length and Commitment

3-year, Full-time Program


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 Hours

Complete approximately 1,000 hours at practicum sites arranged by the school

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Nursing Informatics

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Galen Hamann

A DNP graduate specializing in Nursing Informatics


The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers a certification exam in Informatics Nursing.