Provides an introduction to health information technology and to the science of informatics as applied to healthcare. Emphasis is placed on how healthcare facilities use information technology to select and utilize electronic information management systems and to integrate data from patient health records. Topics of study include: use of computer networks, system protocols and policies, data and system architecture and congruency, communication and legal issues, basic computer security and safety, mobile applications, multi-system integration, stand-alone applications, data collection methods and integrity, legal document compliance, and consistent documentation to prevent errors. Prerequisite: acceptance into the RN-BSN program. This course is cross linked to HCAD 315. Students completing NRS 315 may not receive graduation credit for HCAD 315.