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Teresa Saxon Bridges Nursing and Technology with Health Informatics

Teresa Saxon, MS (’23), BSN, RN discovered a new passion that combined her expertise in nursing with technology – and that passion led her to recently complete Logan’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MS-HI).

Teresa’s journey into health informatics began while working as a nurse. Part of her role was to support fellow nurses with electronic health records, a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. She soon realized she enjoyed this aspect of her job, sparking a new interest in health informatics.

She discovered Logan’s MS-HI program through a friend and was immediately attracted to its flexibility. The online schedule would give her the best of both worlds – the ability to continue working as a nurse and pursue a degree in health informatics at the same time.

The 36-credit hour program offers a flexible online format, allowing students to balance work and study while completing their degree in one and a half to two years. Students can customize their education by choosing from three academic tracks: healthcare leadership, data analytics or applied informatics. The industry-driven curriculum focuses on the impact of informatics on the continuum of care. Graduates find rewarding careers in hospitals, clinics, insurance companies and more.

During her time at Logan, one of Teresa’s favorite aspects of the MS-HI program was the diverse perspectives she encountered.

“I enjoyed learning different viewpoints from the various students and professors,” Teresa said. “Each student offered a new way to problem solve, and the discussion boards provided a great platform to share thoughts.”

Today, Teresa applies her MS-HI degree as a health systems specialist contracting for the Veterans Health Administration clinical data quality team. Her role involves improving clinical data quality, ensuring that veterans receive the best possible care.

“The data analytics track helped me transition smoothly into real-world experience,” Teresa said.

Teresa’s story highlights the opportunities that Logan University provides, even to those already in the workforce. Her journey from nursing to health informatics shows how the MS-HI program equips students with the skills needed to excel in an evolving field.