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Certified health information professionals are on the frontline of health data—collecting it, protecting it, and transforming it into the information required throughout health care and beyond.

Pathways to become a Certified in Health Information Management (CHIM) professional

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Frequently asked questions

If I join the profession, what career opportunities are available?

There is a wide range of sectors that require health information professionals; the health care sector being the most talked about. Careers vary from entry-level to leadership roles and can be relative to information governance, health policy or law, privacy, information management (e.g., medical coding), and more. Roles and titles vary depending on the sector, region, or organization. Salary bands also vary depending on geographic location, experience, or whether it is a non-profit, corporate, or government job.

I am interested in a career in the health care sector, but not in direct contact with a person’s health care experience. Is HIM right for me?

Health information management roles typically do not require hands-on care; the focus is on quality and patient safety. Engagements with people utilizing the health care system may occur from time to time.

What are the different salary ranges in the profession?

Salary ranges differ nationally, and for each type of role. It is advised to review local job advertisements to understand what the salary range may be in your area.

Will all of these pathways lead to writing the CHIM national certification examination (NCE)?

Yes. Read more about CHIM NCE eligibility here.

What is an accredited program?

The Canadian College of Health Information Management sets the accreditation standards for educational institutions offering health information programs in Canada.

Accreditation demonstrates to the public that a program is aligned to industry standards, as identified through the College’s needs assessment and consultation with industry. It is a voluntary, self-regulatory process to recognize those that meet or exceed the standards set for health information education. The purpose of accrediting programs is to ensure continuous quality improvement of the educational content to support the evolving health information industry. 

Are all health information programs accredited?

No. Only those programs that are listed in the program directory with the ‘College status’ of accredited are.

What professional designations are accepted through the AHIMA, HIMAA, or KAHIME reciprocal agreements?

AHIMA — RHIT, RHIA
HIMAA — CHIM
KAHIME — HIM

I’m a Canadian degree graduate. What transferrable skills are required in the health information profession?

Transferrable soft-skills include: communication, dependability, team work, organization, adaptability, leadership and technology literacy. The health information profession welcomes people with backgrounds in finance, insurance, law, business management, statistics, health sciences, and more.