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Frequently asked questionsCHIM NCE

What are the advanced standing pathways to become a Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional?

Why is three years of work experience at an intermediate level required for the external graduate pathway?

The external graduate program recognizes specific and related formal HIM work experience. Entry-level positions may not provide the level of exposure and responsibility required to reach the minimum 70% of the LOHIM.   

I have little or no education in health information management. What is the best pathway for me?

Please visit the program directory to browse HIM programs accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management.


I am an internationally trained graduate in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, or other allied health profession. What is the best pathway for me?

Please review the eligibility requirements for the external graduate pathway or visit the program directory to browse HIM programs accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management. 


I would like to start a second career in HIM. What is the best pathway for me?

Please visit the program directory to browse HIM programs accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management.

I want to train to become a medical coder. What pathway do I take?

The recognized credential for classification and coding specialists (medical coders) in Canada is the CHIM professional designation. Please visit the program directory to browse HIM programs accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management.

I work as a medical coder outside of Canada. Do you recognize my AHIMA or AAPC credentials?

The recognized credential for classification and coding specialists (medical coders) in Canada is the CHIM professional designation. Previous experience with coding is valued; however, for a career as a coding specialist here in Canada, we recommend taking a full accredited HIM program. The national certification exam includes more than coding and tests a student’s knowledge on the learning competencies found within the LOHIM document.

I am interested in enrolling in an HIM program accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management. What are my options?

There are a number of different HIM programs across Canada that are accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management. Please visit the program directory to browse a full list of accredited HIM programs. Please direct all inquiries to the program coordinator at the school of interest; the College is unable to answer program-specific questions related to cost, entrance requirements, length, or advanced standing for previous academic education.

Are there any online education options for HIM programs accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management?

Please visit the program directory to browse accredited HIM programs that can be completed online. Please direct all inquiries to the program coordinator at the school of interest; the College is unable to answer program-specific questions related to cost, entrance requirements, length, or advanced standing for previous academic education.

Does the Canadian College of Health Information Management recognize graduates of HIM programs outside of Canada?

The College has a reciprocal agreement with Health Information Management of Australia Limited (HIMAA). The international graduate pathway is specifically designed for individuals who are graduates of an HIM or health record science program outside of Canada or Australia.

Can I become CHIM certified if I studied in a non-HIM program within health care?

If you have a degree in health informatics, health sciences, health studies, nursing, or another field within health care, please review eligibility criteria for the external graduate pathway. You may also visit the program directory to browse a full list of accredited HIM programs.