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American Sentinel University

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10 Best Value Doctorate in Health Informatics and Information Technology Management Online.

American Sentinel University is a private, for-profit institution of higher learning residing in Denver, Colorado. It focuses on distance-learning healthcare degree and certificate programs. It strives to prepare students to pursue lucrative careers in healthcare and related areas. It is committed to providing high quality, affordable education through an online platform that help students improve their professional and personal lives. It strives to become a world leader in providing accessible, quality, and advanced education to professionals wanting to succeed in their selected field. It uses innovative technology to establish new standards in academic excellence. It is committed to meeting the changing needs of students and communities. The four values that guide the university include scholarship, accountability, leadership, and citizenship. The continued improvements in quality outcomes involves the necessary changes to enhance educational content and learning assessments. Faculty and staff identify the academic needs of students and work hard to meet or surpass them.

American Sentinel University offers 12 bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate programs in healthcare, information systems management, nursing, business intelligence and analytics, and infection prevention and control. The programs are offered in a traditional online format and a competency-based format by SIMPath. They are presented on a flexible learning platform. American Sentinel University is committed to providing all students with a dedicated student success advisor who gets to know each and every student throughout their academic career, a 24/7 librarian service, and other student support services that help students succeed. The university recognizes past college coursework and professional training and certification to decrease the total cost and time needed for the degree program.

American Sentinel University was established in 1988 by the joining of the American Graduate School of Management and American College of Computer and Information Sciences. The new institution offered the combination of business programs and technology programs of the two previous schools. It was one of the first completely online institutions in the country. In the late 1990s, the CEO of American Sentinel University founded the American Graduate School of Management. In 2004, the university relocated to Denver, Colorado. In 2005, the school became Sentinel University, a nursing school offering online programs. The institution also obtained the American College for Computer Information Sciences. In 2006, the schools joined to create American Sentinel University with the dedication to provide superior, innovative degree and certificate programs. The same year, the university also gained professional accreditation. It was approved as Title IV eligible nonparticipating institution in 2007 to provide students with loan deferments. The bachelor's and master's degree nursing programs gained accreditation in 2009. The doctorate in nursing degree gained accreditation in 2010.

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Informatics Leadership

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Informatics Leadership is intended for current nurses with a master's degree seeking to pursue informatics positions in today's dynamic health care field. The program is offered online and it focuses on advanced management and leadership skills and sophisticated critical thinking abilities. Students have the ability to work alongside nursing leaders from various health care organizations. The program takes about 28 months to complete and includes one four-day residency and two-day virtual residency. The in-person residency is paid for by the university. The informatics leadership specialization degree requires the completion of 42 credit hours. The rigorous curriculum covers an array of issues in nursing and healthcare. The courses include application of nursing informatics in clinical practice, application of nursing informatics in administration, leadership and management, perspectives on nursing informatics, health statistics, strategic leadership and planning, advance statistics, and healthcare informatics. The curriculum is kept current so students have the ability to handle modern healthcare issues. The practice experiences are designed to provide students with the ability to apply the knowledge and concepts to the nursing courses. The experiences are split into practice learning experiences, precepted practice experiences, and capstone hours. The practice learning experiences include assignments that enable students to learn what they learned in the classroom out in the real world. The precepted practice experiences include assignments in healthcare settings. The capstone hours involve work on the capstone project. Graduates will have the ability to use nursing informatics views to enhance evidence-based clinical practice. They will assess health services and policies that influence the care of varied populations using epidemiologic analytical methods. They will promote proficiencies within the healthcare system utilizing electronic data analytics. Graduates of the informatics leadership program at American Sentinel University will also have the ability to predict trends in healthcare data using numerous statistical modeling methods.

American Sentinel University Accreditation Details

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission accredits American Sentinel University to grant bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate programs.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing accredits the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Informatics Leadership.

American Sentinel University Application Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

• Complete and submit the undergraduate application in person, by mail, or online

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions

• Submit a copy of active Registered Nurse license

• Submit a current resume

Master's Degree

• Complete and submit the master's application in person, by mail, or online

• Submit a copy of BSN transcripts or evidence of a bachelor's degree

• Submit a copy of your active RN license

• Apply for transfer credits

• Submit a current resume

Doctoral Degree

• Complete and submit the doctoral application

• Submit current resume

• Submit proof of employment

• Complete additional requirements for specific program

• For informatics leadership program: at least one year of full-time work experience in an informatics or technology related nursing leadership role

Tuition and Financial Aid


American Sentinel University offers competitive tuition rates.


• RN to BS Nursing, course based: $410 per credit hour

• RN to BS Nursing, CBE: $3,000 per semester


• MS in Nursing: $530 per credit hour

• Project-based MBA Healthcare: $3,500 per semester

• Doctor of Nursing Practice: $730 per credit hour

• Certificate program: $530 per credit hour

Financial Aid

American Sentinel University offers a variety of financial aid options to help students pay for their higher education.


• "Yes You CANN" Scholarship

• "Nurse Appreciation" Scholarship

• DNP Travel Assistance Program

• Expertise in IT Scholarship

• Military Scholarship

• "Project Working Mom" Scholarship


• Federal Pell Grant

• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)


• Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

• Federal Direct PLUS Loan

• Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan


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