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Health Informatics Graduate Certificate Program

Blend technology, science and health care and you’ve got the goods for managing health information.

What Our Program Offers You

The Health Informatics Certificate will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences to become an informatics health professional by combining information science, computer science and the sciences supporting health care.

You will learn:

  • to access and use the resources, devices and methods needed to acquire, store, retrieve and use information in health
  • the evolving roles, competencies and skills of health care informatics professionals
  • to compare system models
  • to integrate up-to-date technologies in the practice setting
  • to examine human-technology interface problems with health care
  • to examine the ethical and legal challenges in health care informatics

You will identify and apply the interrelated components of media and multimedia integration in health care education and practice, research and education, and analyze the impact of technology on health information management and service delivery.

You will be able to select an education, practice or research emphasis for papers and projects in all informatics courses.

Completion of this Certificate allows RNs to meet the requirement of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nursing Informatics Certification Examination.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

The certificate in health informatics prepares you for a career as a medical coder, health information technician, supervisor and manager, clinical documentation and improvement analyst, auditor and coding compliance and review professional, medical records clerk, billing personnel or medical quality assurance staff member.

In 2012, health informatics jobs were reported to constitute the eighth largest share of health care occupation postings. The field of health informatics is expected to grow, based on current trends shaping the health care industry.  

Course Requirements

Course

Title

Credit

Time Frame Offerings*

Didactic Credits

Clinical Credits    

Clinical Clock Hrs

N511

Informatics and Technology in Health Care

2

FALL

1

1

60

N513

Seminar in Health Information Technology

1

FALL

1

0

0

N545

Roles, Trends, & Issues in Health Informatics

3

FALL

3

0

0

N608

Health Informatics System Development

3

SPRING

2

1

60

N615

Health Informatics System Dissemination

3

SPRING

1

2

120

TOTALS

 

12

 

8

4

240

 

Admissions

Graduate Nursing Program Application Packet

We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah Reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first. All applications received after these dates will be considered based on space available.

For all graduate nursing programs, the priority application deadline for fall entry is May 1. For spring entry, the priority application deadline is November 1. For summer entry, the priority application deadline is March 1.

Before you apply, please review the following requirements for this program. 

Requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 from a health professions educational program.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  • Must be a licensed health professional with at least a Bachelor of Science in their field from an accredited college and/or university.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a health professions service supervisor, and one from a health professions faculty member.
  • Graduate Application for admission with a non-refundable $30 application fee.
  • BSN prepared nurses must be a licensed registered nurse in the U.S and must be licensed in Virginia, or must apply for and receive Virginia licensure by endorsement.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score at acceptable level for Non-Native English Speakers (replace with information at top) Effective January 2013, Shenandoah University Division of Nursing requires evidence of proficiency of English for applicants whose native language is not English. All applicants from outside the United States and whose first language is not English must submit official copies of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants should request official scores be sent to the Shenandoah University (SU) Graduate Admissions office; the SU code is 5613.

In addition to program-specific admissions requirements, please review the following information. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 540-665-4581.

Applicants who have been dismissed from any graduate program of nursing are not eligible for admission or readmission to the SU Division of Nursing.

All students admitted to nursing programs are required to complete the following prior to the start of classes:

  • Submit evidence of specific immunizations as required by the Wilkins Wellness Center.
  • Submit proof of TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis).
  • Submit proof of PPD (Tuberculosis) which is to be renewed annually.
  • Submit Proof of Health Insurance.
  • Submit evidence of generally good physically and mental health.
  • Complete a criminal background check through OneSource.
  • Students should expect to submit to random drug testing required by clinical practice sites.
  • Submit evidence of current Health Care Provider CPR certification from the American Heart Association.

More information about health documentation requirements and required forms can be found on the Wilkins Wellness Center page.

Ready to apply? Please visit our Admissions page to apply online, or call Admissions at 540-665-4581 if you have further questions. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

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