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MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

This guide will assist students in The Rutgers School of Nursing Master’s degree program.

Primary certifications available in nursing informatics

A bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) is the minimum requirement to become nursing informatics, while advanced degree such as the master of nursing (MSN) and doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) are vital for leadership roles. A certification in nursing informatics can be obtained from an independent organization, such as the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. 

  1. The Informatics Nursing Certification (RN-BC)

Registered nurses can become certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association (ANA). ANCC offers the Informatics Nursing Certification (RN-BC) examination.

       2. CAHIMS and CPHIMS

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) offers the following two certifications for the health information experts, including nurses. 

  • The Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) : a pathway for expanding and diversifying industry knowledge for both early careerists and those with more experience.
  • The Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS): a certification program for experienced professionals, acknowledging and honoring their proven expertise and commitment to the field.

For details about the certifications, please check HIMSS certification webpage. 

Certification Preparation Resources

Developed by, this comprehensive online learning experience provides an extensive review in preparation for the informatics nurse certification exam. 

Practice your informatics test-taking skills with 150 practice test questions and answers, available online

Nursing Informatics Organizations

American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) is the association to advance nursing informatics through education, research, and practice in all roles and settings. ANIA provides Official Certification Review Course for RN-BC.

The American Medical Informatics Associationn (AMIA)

The American Medical Informatics Association) (AMIA ) is a professional scientific association dedicated to the development and application of biomedical and health informatics in the support of patient care, teaching, research, and health care administration.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

AHIMA is a professional association for health professionals involved in the health information management needed to deliver quality health care to the public

The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI)

The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI)advances nursing informatics leadership, practice, education, policy and research through a unified voice of nursing informatics organizations.

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is the world body for health and biomedical informatics.


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