School of Nursing

Post-MSN/DNP Nursing Informatics Certificate

The Post-MSN/DNP Certificate in Nursing Informatics is a combination of Information Science, Computer Science and Nursing Science. It includes the development, analysis, and evaluation of information systems that support, enhance and manage patient care. Informatics nurses are involved in practice, education, research, administration, and consultation and can work in public, private, or corporate settings.

Graduates of this program are prepared to analyze clinical information systems for adoption by healthcare systems, manage projects in a multidisciplinary integrated healthcare informatics environment, consult with companies in the design of healthcare information systems, and develop informatics applications for telehealth, consumer health, and community-based care. Additionally, graduates are eligible for the Nursing Informatics Certification Exam, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and can apply to be a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).


All applications to the School of Nursing are reviewed by faculty in that specific major/area of concentration. Applicants must meet a variety of criteria in order to be considered.

Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Criteria for admission to the Post-MSN/DNP Nursing Informatics Certificate include:

  • Valid registered nurse license in state where clinical experiences are performed;
  • 3.0 or higher in MSN, DNP or higher nursing degree (from an ACEN (NLN), ACICS, or CCNE accredited program);
  • Satisfactory resume;
  • Pre-admission interview;
  • Complete online application

Note: Students are admitted to fall cohorts.

Admission of International Students

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the DNP program admission criteria stated above, and admissions deadlines for all programs are available online.. The on-line application must be completed in English.  A DNP applicant must have evidence of the receipt of a degree comparable to the American master’s degree in nursing for admission to the MSN to DNP program or a degree comparable to the American baccalaureate degree in nursing for admission to the BSN to DNP program. The official transcripts must show all high school and post-high school work, including grades in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations and classes, and whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the student’s academic accomplishments.  For more information, visit the School of Nursing International Students page.

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Tuition for online programs at the University of Pittsburgh is the same as the tuition for on-campus programs. Current tuition rates and student fee information can be found on our tuition and fees page.


Please visit the Post-MSN/DNP Nursing Informatics Certificate page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will help students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.

Inquiries and General Information

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, please contact School of Nursing Student Affairs & Alumni Relations Office.

Phone: 412-624-4586
Toll Free: 1-888-747-0794

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
240 Victoria Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261