Western Governors University, parent university of WGU Tennessee, on Monday announced a new Master of Science program in Nursing Informatics.

Offered through WGU Tennessee’s College of Health Professions, the MSN – Nursing Informatics program trains graduates to prepare, gather, document, and analyze data that will serve as a foundation for decision-making. Developed to support students in applying their understanding of nursing informatics to real-world situations, the MSN – Nursing Informatics program will help students rely on the use of information and communication technologies for delivering and coordinating care across multiple settings.

Students can start their MSN – Nursing Informatics program as early as Feb. 1, 2017, and have the option of going through one of two academic tracks. The first track is for registered nurses (RNs) with an associate degree or diploma in nursing and a current RN license who wish to move into nursing informatics. This RN to MSN option will build on the foundation of previous nursing education at the associate or diploma levels.

The second option, BSN to MSN, is available for RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and a current RN license who wish to move into nursing administration. The BSN portion of the degree focuses on contemporary nursing practice and the development of skills and competencies using technology-based learning. The Master of Science portion of the degree prepares graduates for the field of nursing informatics.

WGU Tennessee is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Tennesseans’ access to higher education throughout the state.