Best and cheaper online program for MSN in informatics

  1. 2 I was wondering which online school (Walden, Excelsior, Univ. of Phoenix, etc.) is the cheapest in tuition for Masters of Science in Nursing for Informatics? I am currently in the process of applying for an MSN-informatics program online and so far I have inquired with Univ. of Phoenix and their 18 month program will cost me a total around $25,000. If anyone knows a school that offers this degree online and it's cheaper.. please reply back to the thread. Thank you!
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    Johns Hopkins has a good online program which is much cheaper than the price you staated above: JHU Applied HIT
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    I just completed the MSN/Informatics from University of Phoenix. I enjoyed it. However, it was not cheap.. at all!
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    First off congrats to you on graduating...curious as to how much group work was involved as well as time committment and if you feel it helped you in the informatics field?
    Thanks! Marcy
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    Quote from MPerkunas
    First off congrats to you on graduating...curious as to how much group work was involved as well as time committment and if you feel it helped you in the informatics field?
    Thanks! Marcy
    I tend to overdo things, but even at that I am going to say about 10 hours a week?
    It's a sacrifice. I actually took 2 classes at once and modified my work schedule so that I would have a day off during the week. During that day off I would attack papers and assignments for 8-9 hours straight.
    Every class has a group and at least 1 assignment. The group stuff is really beneficial for developing team concepts, something that as nurses we are already familiar with.

    I would recommend it. I would recommend University of Phoenix also, but there are way cheaper options.
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    I am currently in an MSN-informatics program at American Sentinel University..Its a lot cheaper at $450 a unit and is also nursing accredited. So far so good! I am just a little worried as I dont see too much on this school from the graduates of this program..its been around a while but newly accredited.
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    I am looking at an in-state university program for an MSN in informatics. The costs seem to be more reasonable than private institutions.
  11. Visit  ldcmw1} profile page
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    Check out Grantham University $265.00 a credit hour and if you or your spouse is prior military they give you a discount.

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    For my money, I am thinking of American Sentinel for my MSN in Informatics. They gave me 6 credits for previous coursework so I have 30 to go.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
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    Quote from oneLoneNurse
    For my money, I am thinking of American Sentinel for my MSN in Informatics. They gave me 6 credits for previous coursework so I have 30 to go.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
    I am not familiar with this school so I can't say. My advice to anyone seeking this advanced degree, which can be quite expensive, is to be as sure as you can you're going to get a Return on your investment. Do you have a manager willing to bring you on? Or are you just going out on a crapshoot that you'll be able to get a job when you're get your degree. After all, you'd hate to end up still on the floor but with big student loan payments if you're not sure , or if this was more a way off the floor than your real passion.

    I say this not as discouragement but most facilities will not consider you for positions unless you have already hands-on with whatever EMR they happen to be converting to. And most facilities hire in-house over people outside even if the outsiders are more qualified.

    So, the point is be sure this is your passion and not a ticket off the floor. If you can honestly say yes to that and budget is an issue , I would look at one of the ARRA Hitech certificate programs which are graduate level no-cost one year programs.
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  14. Visit  rnformaticsr4me} profile page
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    Northern Kentucky University has an established MS in Health Informatics program. They are beginning a MSN in Informatics this fall. The Health Informatics program is all online. I am not sure about the new MSN in Informatics program. It may be a combination program. However tuition is very reasonable at less than $500/cr hr.
  15. Visit  mariafh} profile page
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    You can also check Excelsior, at about $480 per credit
    http://www.excelsior.edu/ecapps/face...=detail&id=516


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