FAQs

I can't find the program in the dropdowns on the application. How do I select CIPCT as my program when applying?

To find the program within the graduate student application form, when selecting program Information choose the following: 1. Application Type – Graduate 2. Graduate Program – Nursing – Seattle Campus (MS) 3. Quarter and Year – Fall 2015 4. Area of Interest – Clinical Informatics

I missed the application deadline for Autumn admissions. Can I enroll in Winter or Spring Quarter?

The CIPCT program admits one cohort per year in the Autumn Quarter. Should a prospective student miss the application deadline, there is an option to enroll as a Graduate Non-Matriculated student in the following Winter or Spring, providing there will be space in the courses. This status allows an applicant to count up to 12 credits towards the graduate degree, if accepted. If interested in this status, please email CIPCT staff at uwcipct@uw.edu to discuss course availability.

May I take the course at my leisure throughout the quarter (i.e., complete all the work in the last 3 weeks)?

The courses are paced as if you were attending an on-campus class. Many courses have regular weekly assignments with deadlines and exams throughout the quarter. Weekly participation is required.

Are there clinical placements for MS-CIPCT students?

No. There is no direct patient care requirement. Students complete a scholarly project providing applied experience with informatics. Students are encouraged to take advantage of volunteer opportunities at local organizations and may also have the opportunity to complete independent study work in addition to the scholarly project.

How are the MS-CIPCT program’s courses delivered?

CIPCT utilizes an array of technologies to support distance learners. We use an online classroom management system, which gives the students one place to go for course information, submission of deliverables, discussion forums, online assignment submission, and course deadlines. We also use discussion boards, video streamed recordings of lectures, power point presentations with a voice-over by the instructor, and synchronous web conferencing from the instructor to the students.

Is there a need to come to campus regularly or can I access the courses from home?

Students are required to attend one session per year at the UW Seattle Campus in September. Aside from this annual weekend, students can complete the entire program online from the convenience of their home.

Do I need to be an RN or MD in order to apply to the CIPCT MS program?

Applicants must have at least one year of health care experience, but do not have to be an MD or RN.

I need to continue working while I pursue my master’s degree. Can I enroll part-time?

Yes. The Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT) Master of Science at the UW is flexible, fitting into the schedule of even the busiest professionals. Students can attend full or part-time, completing the program in as little as 15 months full-time or 2 years part-time.