Health Care Informatics Certificate FAQs

What kinds of students can apply for the Certificate program?

We are seeking nurses with master’s degrees who are interested in the health care information technology field.


Will the Certificate program be offered on campus or as a distance learning program?

The program includes courses at the School of Nursing (which are hybrid-style and include a mixture of in-person and online modules) and those at the School of Information and Library Science (which are in-person). There is also a clinical practicum (“residency”) in an informatics setting.


What are some benefits of the Certificate?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a shortfall of approximately 51,000 qualified health information technology (IT) workers, and one of the key professional roles in health IT is the Clinician Leader. Nurses often fill these Clinician Leader positions in hospitals, health IT companies and consulting firms. These clinicians lead the successful deployment and use of health IT to achieve transformational improvement in the quality, safety, outcomes, and thus in the value, of health services in the United States. Specific roles for nurses in Clinician Leader positions include Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, clinical analyst and nurse informaticist. The 18-credit hour certificate sequence includes content in health care information management and processing, systems analysis, data management and health care IT design and evaluation. The content is aimed at preparing nurses with advanced training to work as leaders in clinical informatics in areas including electronic health record (EHR) development, selection and implementation; workflow redesign; management decision support; quality management reporting; and ensuring the meaningful use of EHRs.


How long does it take to complete the certificate program?

The program was designed to be completed within one calendar year; however, we recognize that given some students’ work obligations, it may take longer to complete the certificate. Part-time students may take longer to complete the program.


How much does the program cost?

Program costs vary depending upon your student status. Please check

UNC Tuition and fee rates for up-to-date fee schedules.


What are the application deadlines?

This program admits students for fall and spring semester. The deadline for fall semester is in early January and the deadline for spring semester is in early October. Please see the Nursing website for the current deadlines:


What are the requirements?

See for Certificate requirements and other information about the program.


Who do I contact with other questions?

Contact the admissions counselor for graduate programs in the Office of Admissions and Student Services, UNC School of Nursing, 1200 Carrington Hall CB 7460, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460, , (919) 966-4260


I’m excited about the program. How do I apply?

Prospective students apply through the School of Nursing website.

The School of Nursing application is free.


I’m interested in the Master’s degree in Health Care Systems- Informatics program. Where can I find information about this program?

The School of Nursing has a long history of health informatics education, including an MSN degree in informatics through the nationally-ranked Health Care Systems advanced practice area. The School of Nursing also offers a dual degree with the School of Information and Library Science at UNC.

For more information see