Leadership in Health Information Technology - Partnership Program with University of Minnesota

Allen College, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota (UMN) School of Nursing, offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree:  Leadership in Health Information Technology (LHIT). The 35 semester hour program includes 16 semester hours of LHIT coursework offered by UMN and 19 semester hours of nursing courses taught by Allen College faculty.  

Graduates of the program will receive an MSN degree from Allen College and a post-baccalaureate certificate from the UMN.  All of the courses will be offered online, with students needing to travel to the Allen College campus only for a one-day orientation and for a graduate project presentation.  Graduates of the program who meet eligibility criteria can be certified in informatics nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

According to information provided by UMN, the program will provide students "in-depth education on interprofessional informatics, system design and analysis, databases, consumer informatics, clinical decision support, knowledge representation and population health informatics."  Graduates of the collaborative program "will have the knowledge to develop and teach program curriculum for health informatics as well as lead the successful deployment and use of health information technology in health systems."

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the role of a Nurse Informaticist?

A nurse working in health informatics will have a direct impact on the quality and safety of healthcare. Nurse Informaticists are involved in evaluating and selecting technology; determining end user requirements and customizing functionality; and designing/delivering training. Health informatics is an evolving specialty in nursing, and links information technology, communication, and healthcare to improve the delivery of patient care. Upon completion of this program, graduates will have the knowledge to develop and teach program curriculum for health informatics as well as lead the successful deployment and use of health information technology in health systems.

Who can apply for the Allen College / University of Minnesota combined LHIT Program?

Registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school may apply. (Students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may also apply They will be required to take undergraduate courses in statistics, nursing research and community health prior to enrollment in certain master's level courses in addition to holding an associate's degree in nursing). A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required.

How are clinical preceptors chosen?

Students in the LHIT track choose preceptors from a variety of settings. Appropriate settings include acute care, long term care, and community settings. Students typically contact a potential preceptor and discuss the objectives of the experience to determine if the setting and work of the potential preceptor are an appropriate fit. Preceptors for LHI students should have a minimum of a MSN degree. In some instances, a master's degree in another field may be adequate. For instance, a master's in healthcare administration, a master's in business administration, or a master's in healthcare informatics / health information technology would also be appropriate.