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Masters in Nursing and Health Informatics Course in Canada by walex : November 21, 2015, 10:33:48 AM
I found this course an interesting one after i stumbled online on an article about Nursing informatics and i mailed University of Victoria in Canada, here is the response i got:

Good Morning Walex,


Thank you for your interest in the University of Victoria, School of Nursing and School of Health Information Science, Double Degree program.


This is a three year full-time only graduate degree program which includes two 13 week (minimum) co-op placements.


The double-degree program is very different than either of the other options in that it would provide you with a Master of Nursing degree and a second degree -- the Master of Science in Health Information Science. The double degree prepares you as an advanced professional in two completely different (albeit related) content areas -- Nursing and Informatics. The double-degree is for a student who is a nurse and who is interested in making a career of dealing with the issues in practice that address electronic health records, health information, and e-technologies that are becoming an increasingly more important area in our practice settings. Students in health information science look at issues of computerized records, documentation, decision supports (that help clinicians make the right decisions about care options), and human factors processes that help us design systems that improve quality/efficiency and prevent errors (processes like computerized physician order entry for medications; transferability of records across care environments, medication order, dispensing and administration systems,). The Master's in Nursing deals with approaching nursing as an advanced-practice nurse with ability to reflect and understand nursing, guide nursing practice and evaluate nursing care. Put together in the double-degree program, the graduate who has both Nursing and Health Information Science can move into practice settings and be a 'bridge' between the information science world (those people who design systems and expect clinicians to use them) and the Nursing leadership world (those people who guide nursing services in provision of care). Given that there is a national goal that every patient and every citizen have an electronic health record within 5 years, there are wide open career opportunities for nurses who have expertise in both disciplines to be the people to develop and implement these systems. Also, different in this program is the fact that double-degree students complete two (paid) cooperative experiences while going through the program, in order to develop informatics skills and competencies. These coops are 13 weeks in length and take place in the summer of the first year of the program and in the spring of the second year. Coops are paid and are full-time experiences. Students in the double-degree program have a faculty supervisor from both nursing and health information science, and must write a thesis for graduation.


In contrast, student doing one degree -- the Master of Nursing take courses and practicum experiences to prepare them to become experts in advanced nursing roles of either leader or educator. Students study nursing philosophy, theory and research methods (core courses) specialize in a content area and population of interest and complete a major project OR a thesis. They are prepared to practice advanced nursing (clinical specialty or education specialty) and take on roles in leadership or education.


Please note that the application deadline for the September 2016 entry for this program is December 1st, 2015.


An interim supervisor will be assigned upon admission to the program. All Double Degree students will have a supervisor from Nursing and one from Health Information Science.


Application information for 2016 is available online at


Information regarding graduate tuition fees is available online at Further information pertaining to Graduate tuition and additional assessed fees is available in the Graduate Calendar online at


I hope that this information is helpful and will give you information to consider.


Please feel free to contact me again should you have any further questions!


I was actually considering going for my Msc in Nursing Education in Valparaiso University ,  Indiana USA through Inscol before now but this seems a good course. @Idowu,what do you think about this? Nursing education or dual masters in nursing and health informatics? Which would you go  for and why?

Re: Masters in Nursing and Health Informatics Course in Canada by Idowu Olabode : November 24, 2015, 09:42:38 AM
Quite a while Walex and welcome back. Choosing a course depends on several factors some of which I believe are personal. For instance, most people choose courses based on their personal interest, hobbies etc in that particular field of studies while for some monetary reward or how good the job prospect become determinants . What are your interests ? Are you comfortable working in the education industry or technology?  Masters in nursing education will prepare you for a career as a faculty member while the dual masters qualification will afford you the opportunity in health/nursing informatics and I believe both are quite "different".

Again your financial strength is another factor but I want to believe you already know the tuition for both schools and you are up to the task.

Summarily, I think your pocket and interest determine to a great extent which you should go for. As for your last question, I would choose the health informatics course because it's an emerging field (and everything dey upgrade to e-) that would allow you to be a system designer not only for nurses but for all other healthcare professionals. And most importantly, I have interest in technology.

By the way, I seems not to fully understand the tuition breakdown for the school can you please explain it better? Also did you get this message from the school graduate school or from the department? And what's the tuition like for Valparaiso? Why going through Inscol? Why can't you apply directly to the school?

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