Sunday, February 22, 2009


Right now, I'm contemplating several online master's degree programs, particularly an informatics degree. It can be a chore, since there are lots and lots of programs out there right now, called health care informatics, nursing informatics and medical informatics.

If you're a nurse and want to be board certified in informatics by the ANCC, you need the following:
  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country
  • Have practiced the equivalent of two years full time as a registered nurse
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing or a baccalaureate degree in a relevant field
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in informatics within the last three years and meet one of the following practice requirements:
  • Have a practiced minimum of 2,000 hours in informatics nursing within the last three years
  • Have practiced a minimum of 1,000 hours in informatics nursing in the last three years and completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of academic credit in informatics courses which are a part of a graduate level informatics nursing program
  • Have completed a graduate program in nursing informatics containing a minimum of 200 hours of faculty supervised practicum in informatics
For more information on education in nursing informatics, check out ANIA's Education page (American Nursing Informatics Association).

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