• On-Campus Component
    Yes
  • Cost
    $973.75 per credit
  • Total Credits
    67
  • Credential
    Doctorate Degree
  • Admission GPA
    3.0
  • Application Deadlines
    Priority: October 15; Final: February 1
  • Campus
    Twin Cities
  • College
    School of Nursing

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with an informatics specialty prepares nurses to lead the selection, implementation, and optimization of information systems to support nursing and interprofessional care, as well as ensure patient access to essential health information.

The DNP program at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Format

The nursing informatics specialty of the DNP program is a three-year full-time program delivered online.

Students in this specialty are required to come to campus once each semester for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, and meetings with their advisor. Students also complete 1,000 hours at practicum sites arranged by the school. All other work is completed online.

Recommended 3-Year Program Plan

Sample Courses

  • NURS 6200 – Science of Nursing Intervention (3 cr)
  • NURS 6110 – Population Health Informatics (2 cr)
  • NURS 7400 – Health Policy Leadership (3 cr)
  • NURS 7200 – Economics of Health Care (3 cr)
  • NURS 7600 – Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (4 cr)

Online Catalog

International Students

Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents should understand that the University of Minnesota’s DNP program does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because the DNP has limited (fewer than four) face-to-face on-site classes per DNP course. During the application process, we ask that international students use ECE or WES credential services for the evaluations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates pursue careers as:

  • Business application analysts
  • Chief nursing information officers
  • Clinical decision support specialists
  • Clinical informatics coordinators or system analysts
  • Clinical support—safety managers
  • Directors of nursing informatics or quality informatics
  • Faculty specializing in informatics
  • Health care informatics software developers
  • Informatics nurse educators
  • Information systems administrators
  • Nursing/health informatics consultants

The DNP specialty prepares nurses to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination in Informatics Nursing.