Nebraska Healthcare Informatics School - NE
The majority of Nebraska nursing informatics educational programs are master’s level. In Nebraska, in order to seek a master’s degree and practice in nursing informatics, you must first seek licensure as a registered nurse. While many nursing programs are offered as two-year degrees, you will need to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing in order to then pursue the master’s degree in nursing informatics.
Certification for informatics nursing is available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, or ANCC. In order to sit for this computer-based test, you must hold an active RN license, hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing, and must have completed at least 30 hours of continuing education in informatics within the past three years. Again, in Nebraska, these 30 hours are usually earned as part of a master’s degree curriculum in nursing informatics.
While certification in nursing informatics is not mandated by law in order to practice informatics, the certification is necessary in order to be competitive in the marketplace, and is essential if you would like to be considered for opportunities for advancement into managerial or directorship roles.