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CHIM external graduate pathway


To be eligible for the external graduate pathway, the Canadian College of Health Information Management (College) requires proof of the following:

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree, including formal courses in human anatomy and pathophysiology;
  • A minimum of 3 years of recent (within the last 5 years) work experience in the HIM, HI, or eHealth field in an intermediate position or higher; and
  • Combined education and experience to meet, at a minimum, 70% of the Learning Outcomes for Health Information Management (LOHIM) document 

Assessment process 

Step 1: Purchase the Certified in Health Information Management (CHIM) external graduate assessment for $750 + applicable taxes.

Step 2: The College will send a competency gap assessment directly to the email address provided. Complete this document by highlighting formal education and relevant work experience.

Step 3: Upon purchasing the CHIM external graduate assessment and completing the competency gap assessment, please submit the following required supporting documentation to [email protected] to initiate the review process.

  • Letter of intent 
  • Proof of English language proficiency (overall IELTS must be 7.0 with no individual score lower than 6.0; the College may make exceptions for applicants who studied university in an English-speaking country)
  • Undergraduate and or graduate transcript(s)
  • Course outlines for the completed program of study (generally available from the graduating institution)
  • Two (2) professional reference letters confirming HIM-related experience within the past three (3) years
  • Professional resume outlining HIM work experience
  • Completed competency gap assessment

Step 4: The College reviews all required documentation. The time frame for review can vary depending on the number of assessments being processed. 

Step 5: The College emails the candidate a letter outlining outstanding gaps in education and experience. Gaps must be filled by taking a formal course(s) from one or more online HIM programs accredited by the College. Once complete, a transcript showing completion can be sent to [email protected] 

Step 6: The College emails the candidate a final letter confirming eligibility to write the CHIM national certification examination.