Arizona State University
University Senate
Fall 2015

Senate Motion #2016-19


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Steven Semken, Chair

First Reading: October 26, 2015

Second Reading: November 23, 2015

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Nursing Informatics

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.    

Rationale: A Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics will prepare nurses to impact decisions and healthcare outcomes in organizations and systems through effective application of information structures, information processes, and information technology. Students who would enroll in the certificate program may already have a Master’s degree or do not wish to obtain a Master’s degree at this time; but wish to enroll in a program specific to their needs related to informatics.

Presently, no other state university in Arizona offers a certificate in Nursing Informatics.Nationally, the Institute of Medicine has called for increased preparation of nurses tolead health care systems and operations that impact health outcomes. The target audience for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics are registered nurses working in health care settings who desire advanced preparation and education in Nursing Informatics.