I'm an RN who has basic computer knowledge who is interested in entering the IT field. I live in Houston, and I'm looking at various degree plans. I don't have a bachelor's degree yet. I'm considering getting my BSN just to have it and so anything past that can be considered postbacclaureate, taking only major-specific classes to go for another degree.
1) BS in Information Systems Technology
at UH. This has no healthcare-related classes, but it is a bachelor's degree and I've taken many of the pre-req classes required. This would also come in handy for working non-healthcare related fields.
2) Associate's Degree in Health Information Technology
. Health Informatics aren't so hot in the job market right now, and I really want a bachelor's, so I'd maybe do this after getting a bachelor's in nursing or IT.
3) There are certificate programs in HIS
for people with bachelor's degrees available, as well as graduate degrees.
Right now, I'm really not familiar with HIS. All I know is that I'm not computer-illiterate (I have a MacBook Pro dual formatted). Should I go for a BSN or a BS in IST?
Aug 26, '09
The benefits of any advanced degree or certification all depend on what your career goals are.
Maybe you already have a BSN and don't want (or feel you need) a Masters but you want additional education or credentialing in informatics and want to go the route of getting the certification via a college program.
No there is not one single option, as far as Informatics related Masters degrees.
Additonally there is the national certification offered by the ANA.
I've covered the certification question extensively in multiple strings and posts:
To learn more about the CPHIMS exam go to:
To learn more about the Nursing Informatics Certification go to:
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If one already has a BSN, like myself, and a solid clinical foundation, which Masters would be best to obtain? Is there one sole option? ANd/or what is the benefits of the post-bacc certifications I have heard you can get related to HIM/Nurse Informatics? thanks Carly
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