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Looking to change careers and enrol in an accredited health information management program?
Professionals can leverage their transferrable skills from previous careers and join the health information profession. Choose from a variety of programs across Canada to learn about health information management. Contact an education partner directly to learn more about their program.
Read the frequently asked questions and answers below for more information on becoming certified after completing an accredited HIM program.
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Frequently asked questions
I’m interested in learning more. Where can I find the program directory?
Please click the link below to access the program directory and view all accredited HIM programs.
Should I choose a diploma-level or degree-level program?
This will depend on your interests, career goals, and both the financial and time investments you are willing to make.
An accredited health information management diploma program offers a blend of technical training. Graduates may enter the profession at an entry-level in roles such as a classification and coding or chart management specialist, a release of information or privacy analyst, a health records abstractor, and more. These programs are typically two years in length.
An accredited health information management degree program offers a blend of theory and application-based training. Graduates may enter the profession at an intermediate level in roles such as decision support, privacy, or information management analyst, information standards specialist, transition and change management lead, and more. These programs are typically 3–4 years in length.
It is important to note that a combination of education, qualifications, skills, and experiences are factored into an employers decision when hiring.
I already have a degree. Is this the right pathway for me?
Please look to our degree-level graduate page for more information applicable to you.
What types of courses are in an accredited HIM program?
Please consult with the program of interest to learn more about specific courses offered. Each accredited program adheres to curricular standards set out by the Canadian College of Health Information Management.
Where can I learn about a program’s format, duration, tuition costs, and more?
For information such as program format, duration, and tuition costs please visit the educational institutions’ program page.
Please click the link below to access the program directory and view all accredited HIM programs. This directory can be filtered based on education level, type, location, delivery method, and College status.
Does every accredited program have a work placement or practicum?
Accredited HIM degree and diploma programs have a practical experience component required prior to graduation. Please consult with the program of interest to learn more about this requirement or any changes made due to the pandemic.
If I graduate from an accredited HIM program, can I become a Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional?
Graduates of accredited HIM programs are eligible to write the CHIM national certification examination. To learn more about certification, click the link below.
If I complete a diploma program now, can I continue to complete a degree later?
Please consult with the program of interest. Many programs have articulation agreements established within their own institution or an outside institution. Depending on the agreement, a set number of courses may be transferred into a specific degree program.