Nursing B.S. + Health Informatics M.S.
Enhance the power to heal with the power of technology
You can learn how to make sense of Big Data to make a difference. Our graduates meet evolving health care needs by using emerging technologies to examine the “why” behind the numbers.
Take advantage of unprecedented clinical opportunities and simulation technology as a student at the IU School of Nursing. Build on that knowledge by learning how to collect, analyze, and use health data as a tool for improving the quality of medical care and delivering it more efficiently.
Our graduates are doing meaningful work in their communities and around the world. They refine electronic health record systems, analyze data and how it’s collected, and protect patient information.
Examine how people and information systems intersect in the world of medicine when you earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the IU School of Nursing and a master’s degree in Health Informatics through the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis.
A healthy combination
Adding a master’s in Health Informatics to your undergraduate degree in nursing gives you specialized skills for examining the “why” behind health data. Designing information systems for health care providers, refining diagnostic databases, and protecting patient privacy are some of the ways graduates can use their knowledge in the field of medical care. Your health informatics education will allow you to analyze data and how it’s collected, to answer the questions being posed by emerging technology.
Your accelerated 5-year degree adds graduate-level technical and analytical informatics skills to your nursing education, enhancing your marketability.
How it works
You’ll apply for the accelerated program in the sixth semester of your B.S. or when you have successfully completed your first five semesters—75 credit hours—with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. The Luddy Indianapolis will waive all application fees.
Bachelor and master degrees are conferred independently.
Traditional Track B.S.N. Plan of study
The plan of study follows the traditional B.S.N. plan of study for years 1 and 2. You’ll begin taking graduate level courses during year 3 as follows:
Junior Year Fall Semester
- INFO-B 530 Foundations of Health Informatics (3 cr.)
- NURS-H 356 Clinical Nursing Care I: Biophysical Processes (5 cr.)
- NURS-H 355 Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Healthcare Research (3 cr.)
- NURS-B 334 Transitional Care of Families and Populations (5 cr.)
Junior Year Spring Semester
- NURS-H 360 Clinical Care II: Interactive Processes (5 cr.)
- NURS-H 371 Clinical Care III: Adaptive Processes (5 cr.)
- NURS-R 375 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 cr.)
- INFO-I 501 Introduction to Informatics (3 cr.)
Summer Prior to Senior Year
- Health Informatics elective (3 cr.)
Senior Year Fall Semester
- NURS-S 474 Applied Health Care Ethics (3 cr.)
- NURS-H 476 Clinical Care IV: Complex Processes (5 cr.)
- NURS-L 430 Leadership in Healthcare: Delivery and Policy (5 cr.)
- INFO-B 535 Clinical Information Systems (3 cr.)
Senior Year Spring Semester
- NURS-S 488 Nursing Synthesis (3 cr.)
- NURS-S 483 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone (3 cr.)
- NURS-B 453 Interprofessional Practice (3 cr.)
- NURS-B 444 Nursing Intensive: Managing Health and Illness Across Care Environments (4 cr.)
- INFO-B 581 Health Informatics Standards and Terminology (3 cr.)
5th Year Fall Semester
- INFO-B 505 Informatics Project Management (project track) or INFO-I 575 Informatics Research Design (thesis track) (3 cr.)
- INFO-B 626 Human Factors Engineering for Health Informatics
- Health Informatics elective (project track) or PBHL-B 651 Introduction to Biostatistics (thesis track)
- Health Informatics elective
5th Year Spring Semester
Second-Degree Track B.S.N. Plan of study
The plan of study follows the second-degree B.S.N. plan of study for semesters 1 through 4. You’ll begin taking graduate level courses in semester 5 as follows:
Semester 5 (Spring and Summer)
- NURS-L 430 Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and Policy
- NURS-S 483 Nursing Practice Capstone
- NURS-S 488 Nursing Synthesis
- INFO-B 535 Clinical Information Systems
- NURS-B 444 Nursing Intensive: Managing Health and Illness Across Care Environments
Semester 6 (Summer and Fall)
- INFO-I 501 Introduction to Informatics
- INFO-B 530 Foundations of Health Informatics
- INFO-B 505 Informatics Project Management (project track) or INFO-I 575 Informatics Research Design (thesis track)
Semester 7 (Spring)
- INFO-B 581 Health Informatics Standards and Terminology
- INFO-B 583 Security and Privacy Policies
- INFO-B 642 Clinical Decision Support