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Master of Science in Nursing

Program Description

The market demand is enormous for informatics nurses today!  One career trend watcher recently named nursing informatics one of the ten hottest emerging careers in the United States. A degree in nursing informatics will allow you to lead or assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of information system applications for any area of practice. This novel area in healthcare will give you the knowledge to improve the health of consumers and improve organizational processes through information management and information technology.

At the University of Newcastle, you will have a unique experience as you learn with biomedical, pharmacy and other informatics students. You will take many of your courses jointly with these students and work together on projects as you learn from nationally known faculty. Also, we have a new student-centered education building, available to you around the clock.

Our programs are at the center of informatics activities at the University of Newcastle. Our students collaborate across many disciplines - psychology, architecture, computer science, biomedical engineering and clinical departments on fascinating projects – for example to develop novel designs for physiological monitors, design patient-centered decision support applications, create risk mitigation strategies for implementing solutions or develop web-based educational programs for families of .

The Nursing Informatics program has superb sites for student experiences, informatics projects and employment opportunities. Sites in Newcastle have been at the forefront of informatics since the 1980s and continue to lead the nation in computerized solutions.

A cohort of approximately 10-12 students is accepted into the Nursing Informatics program each fall semester.

 

Program Length

The Nursing Informatics Master’s program is available in both full-time (9+ credit hours per semester) and part-time options.  The full-time program of study is completed in two (2) years, including a summer semester.  The part-time program of study is typically completed in three (3) years.  Forty (40) credit hours are required to complete this program.

 

Studying at a Distance

Some courses are available online or via distance, but this program cannot be completed online.

Applications are reviewed by both the University of Newcastle Office of Graduate Admissions and the College of Nursing. Successful applicants must meet the MS degree program minimum requirements (see below), and be accepted by both the graduate school and the College of Nursing. Admitted students must also meet the program-specific prerequisite/co-requisites.

Admission to the MS program is limited and selective. Admission cannot be guaranteed to all individuals who meet the minimum requirements.

 

Minimum Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements needed to apply for a MS degree program at the College of Nursing.

·         Submission of a completed College of Nursing graduate program application (link to Grad Program Application Instructions) by the January 15 deadline

·         Evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited university or college acknowledged by the University of Newcastle Graduate Admissions Office

·         Verification of licensure as an RN or APRN in at least one of the jurisdictions of 

·         Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

·         A personal interview may be required

 

Entrance Exams

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), if applicable:

·         NOT required for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher

·         REQUIRED for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.19 or lower; score cannot be in excess of five (5) years old

 

English Proficiency Exams (TOEFL or IELTS only)

Evidence of English-language proficiency is required for applicants whose first language is not English.  Applicants are required to submit results of either the Test of English Foreign Language or IELTS.  Minimum score requirements for admission can be found at the University of Newcastle Office of International Admissions.

International Applicants

International applicants are not eligible to register for non-matriculated status at the University of Newcastle.  Therefore, if recommended for acceptance to the program, international applicants would need to apply for second-bachelor degree status through the University of Newcastle International Admissions Office and meet the International Undergraduate Admission Requirements. In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants must provide evidence of certification by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Colleges.

Application deadline: January 15  

Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Applications are available fall of the previous year.

The College of Nursing strongly recommends that applicants first attend a College of Nursing Graduate Information Session before submitting their application.


 APPLY TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM

Scholarship Applications for New Applicants are Due January 15, 2014.

The College of Nursing offers many funding opportunities for Nursing and Gerontology graduate students.  There is a separate application for scholarships. You must submit a scholarship application by the deadline in order to be considered for funding.

 

Course Name Credit

·         MNURS 6806 Computer Science Fundamentals for Clinicians 3

·         MNURS 6810 Foundations of Healthcare Informatics 3

·         MNURS 7505 Introduction to Biostatistics 3

·         MNURS 6000 Evidence Based Practice I 3

·         MNURS 6661 Project Management in Health Informatics 3

·         MNURS 6801 Clinical Systems Analysis 3

·         MNURS 6060 US Health Care: Systems & Policy 3

·         MNURS 6803 Clinical Database Design 3

 

Elective Approved Elective 3

·         MNURS 6802 Clinical Decision Support 3

·         MNURS 6804 Successful Implementation of Systems in Healthcare Settings 3

·         MNURS 6809 NI Professional Role & Collaboration 3

·         MNURS 6888 Masters Synthesis 2

·         UMUHC IPE Simulation Experience 0.5

·         UMHSC IPE Simulation Experience 0.5

 

College of Nursing -

Nursing Informatics

MS Full-Time Synthesis Program of Study

This is a sample program of study and is subject to change. Students are to take each course in the semester listed on this program of study.

Course Name Credit

·         MNURS 6806 Computer Science Fundamentals for Clinicians 3

·         MNURS 6810 Foundations of Healthcare Informatics 3

·         MNURS 7505 Introduction to Biostatistics 3

·         MNURS 6000 Evidence Based Practice I 3

·         MNURS 6661 Project Management in Health Informatics 3

·         MNURS 6801 Clinical Systems Analysis 3

·         MNURS 6060 US Health Care: Systems & Policy 3

·         MNURS 6803 Clinical Database Design 3

 

Elective Approved Elective 3

·         MNURS 6802 Clinical Decision Support 3

·         MNURS 6804 Successful Impl of Systems in Healthcare Settings 3

·         MNURS 6970 Thesis Research: Master's 3

 

Elective Approved Elective 1

·         MNURS 6809 NI Professional Role & Collaboration 3

·         MNURS 6970 Thesis Research: Master's 3

·         MUHSC IPE Simulation Experience 0.5

·         MUHSC IPE Simulation Experience 0.5

 

Program Specific Accreditation

The Distance Education and Training Council for Nursing  College and Programs (DETC) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to Newcastle University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.* DETC is one of three major accrediting agencies for Nursing Colleges and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for Nursing education. This recognition certifies that programs offered through Newcastle University's College of Nursing & Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by DETC.

*For a full list of Newcastle University's Nursing and accounting degree programs accredited by DETC, please see the Accreditation page.

 

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