Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies MS Program

The Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT) program is an online, applied Master of Science degree designed for health care professionals seeking to utilize health information technology in order to improve health care quality, patient safety and clinical outcomes. CIPCT is offered jointly through the University of Washington School of Nursing and School of Medicine. Through the use of distance learning technology, the CIPCT program is available nationwide. Online courses make it possible for working professionals to earn an advanced degree while retaining their position. Students who continue to work while enrolled bring added benefit to their employer through the concepts and skills learned in CIPCT. The CIPCT program is led by co-directors Drs. Donna Berry (School of Nursing) and Andrea Hartzler (BHI) and is a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Approved Education Partner. The program joins an exclusive group of organizations authorized to offer HIMSS-approved healthcare and health information technology education and training programs that prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT or healthcare. In addition, this curriculum serves as a solid foundation to prepare the student to take the CAHIMS or CPHIMS exam.

CIPCT students will explore topics such as:

  • Meaningful Use
  • Using Health Information Technology (HIT) to Improve and Measure Quality of Care
  • Adoption of HIT: Barriers, Challenges, and Solutions
  • Compliance and the Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Working with EMR Vendors
  • Patient-Centered Technologies
  • Telehealth Systems and Applications
  • Management of Care Systems

For additional information about the CIPCT Program, including curriculum, tuition, and application requirements and procedures, please visit the CIPCT website. For questions regarding the program, please contact the CIPCT program office directly at or 866-931-1687. The MS degree and application requirements and instructions on the BHI website apply only to our research MS program.