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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 privacy, ethical data handling, data quality standards, and health care technology. Contact an education partner directly to learn more about their program.

Please read the frequently asked questions and answers below for more information on becoming a certified associate.

Frequently asked questions

I’m interested in learning more. Where can I find the program directory?

Please click the button below to access the program directory and view all accredited associate programs.

What types of courses are in an accredited health information associate 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 institution’s program page.

Please click the button below to access the program directory and view all accredited Health Information Associate programs. This directory can be filtered based on education level, type, location, delivery method, and college status.

What is the best school and program to select?

All our education partners have gone through a rigorous program accreditation process and are suitable for preparing students to write the CHIM NCE. Please visit our program directory and contact the schools you’re interested in.

Does every accredited program have a work placement or practicum?

Accredited health information associate programs require professional experience before graduation. Please consult with the program of interest to learn more about this requirement or any changes made due to the pandemic.

Can I write the HICA NCE before I graduate from an accredited health information associate program?

No. We acknowledge that finding a practicum placement is especially difficult during the pandemic. However, your obligation to graduate from your associate program still must be met before you can write the HICA NCE. Please check with your school to learn of any modifications to the practicum options or requirements during the pandemic.