Capella University Launches Online Master’s Degrees and Certificate Programs in Nursing Informatics and Health Care Informatics | Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS–()–With a 2015 federal deadline for health care facilities to go paperless,

informatics has become one of the fastest growing careers in health

care. To help meet that demand, Capella University is launching five new

online informatics programs that focus on the use of data and technology

in health care settings to improve individual patient outcomes and

overall health care quality. The new programs include and RN-to-MSN

Nursing Informatics specializations, an MHA

Health Care Informaticsspecialization. Nursing

Informaticsand Health

Care Informatics certificates. Capella is also expanding its

innovative FlexPath direct-assessment learning model to two additional

specializations, the Mobile

specialization and the Web

Application specializationin its Bachelor of Science

(BS) in Information Technology, System Development program. Capella

University (

is a regionally accredited

online university* that offers online

degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their


Capella’s MSN and RN-to-MSN in nursing informatics are accredited by

CCNE and align with AACN, QSEN and ANCC

Like all of Capella’s nursing degrees, the university’s MSN and

RN-to-MSN specializations in Nursing Informatics hold accreditation from

the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)** and incorporate

the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of

Master’s Education in Nursing. Capella’s master’s specializations in

Nursing Informatics are also aligned to Quality &. Safety Education for

Nurses (QSEN) competencies, Technology Informatics Guiding Education

Reform (TIGER) Initiative Informatics competencies. The American

Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing informatics standards, which

will prepare graduates to sit for the Nursing Informatics board

certification exam upon completing their MSN Nursing Informatics degree.

Students can earn up to eight credits (two courses) through prior

learning assessment if they already hold ANCC’s RN-BC Informatics

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Nursing credential—saving students up to six months and more than $3,000

on a Capella MSN in Nursing Informatics.

MHA in Health Care Informatics aligns with NCHL and CPHIMS

Capella’s competency-based curriculum for the master’s in Health Care

Informatics and the Health Care Informatics certificate is built around

relevant, real-world health care problems to ensure students gain the

skills they need to take leadership roles in such areas as

implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Compliance with

ICD-10, an international medical classification system. The

integration of information technology within a health care organization

to maximize efficiency and improve population health.

Students can earn up to 12 credits (three courses) through prior

learning assessment if they hold the Certified Professional in

Healthcare Information &. Management Systems (CPHIMS)

certification—saving up to nine months and more than $5,700 on a Capella

MHA in Health Care Informatics.

New informatics programs feature exclusive virtual health system lab

All of Capella’s new informatics programs use Capella’s exclusive Vila

Health™ simulated health system, an immersive, virtual lab that allows

students to practice real-world informatics situations and challenges

first hand, including improving interoperability, clinical workflow,

meaningful use initiatives. Population health.

$1,500-$4,000 scholarships available for new Informatics programs

plus HIMSS membership

Students who start the MSN or RN-to-MSN Nursing Informatics

specialization or MHA Health Informatics specialization between January

and April 2015 and meet other scholarship requirements will receive a

$4,000 scholarship. Students who start the Nursing Informatics

Certificate or Health Care Informatics Certificate program will receive

a $1,500 scholarship. For complete eligibility and application

information, see:

Capella is an Academic Organizational Affiliate with the Health

Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a nonprofit

organization serving the global health IT community. As a result of this

affiliation, eligible Capella informatics students receive free HIMSS

membership and other benefits.

Two online BS in IT programs added to FlexPath

Two additional programs are now available as part of Capella’s

innovative FlexPath learning model, allowing students to choose between

FlexPath and Capella’s standard online learning format. FlexPath uses a

competency-based, direct-assessment learning model rather than a

traditional credit-hour standard. This allows students to work at their

own pace, which offers the potential to further reduce the cost and time

to complete a program. The new FlexPath offerings include:

Enrollment now open

For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email

Review of the MHA Health Care Informatics specialization and the MSN

and RN-to-MSN Nursing Informatics specializations is pending in FL, KS,


Review of the Heath Care Informatics and Nursing Informatics

certificates is pending in FL, KS. KY.

Capella’s DNP, MSN Nursing Informatics specialization, RN-to-MSN

Nursing Informatics specialization. Nursing Informatics certificate

aren't designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced

practice licensure as a nurse.

Washington residents may receive credit through Capella’s prior

learning assessment only in the bachelor’s and MBA programs.

For bachelor’s programs: Arkansas residents must complete Arkansas

general education requirements.

About Capella University

Capella University (

is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree

programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. As of

Sept. 30, 2014, over 70 percent of Capella students were currently

enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs in business,

counselling, education, health administration, human resource management,

human services, information technology, nonprofit management and

leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health,

public safety. Social work. Capella also offers bachelor’s degree

programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology.

public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 145 graduate

and undergraduate specializations and 27 certificate programs, including

six new direct assessment degree delivery programs. Approximately 35,000

students were enrolled as of Sept. 30, 2014, from all 50 states and 61

other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic

excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993,

Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education

Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please


or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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* Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and

is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools


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Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

**The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are

accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont

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