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Health Information Management (HIM)

Health Information Management (HIM)

Use technology to capture health data, perform data analysis, present information to support healthcare delivery and provide leadership in all aspects of clinical information management.

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Waitlist

Program Overview

HIM professionals are advocates for the individual's right to private, secure and confidential health information. Working in various health care settings, HIM professionals support clinical research through the provision of health care statistics, management of complex information systems and work with key stakeholders using health data to improve the health of Canadians.

In this challenging program, you learn to use computer technologies to capture and analyze data and present information for healthcare delivery use. The information you prepare is also used by health authorities, public health officials and researchers to indicate disease patterns and trends.

You study biomedical sciences, project management, records management, health information analysis and presentation, privacy and security and healthcare law. Graduates are equipped with marketable skills for the health information management sector.

This program provides structured academic studies with associated practical experiences in the healthcare field. It complies with the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) and contributes to quality healthcare by educating Health Information Professionals. Graduates are eligible to challenge the CHIMA national certification examination and are employable across Canada and various other countries – view CHIMA details.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Biology; Academic Grade 12 English; and Academic Grade 12 Mathematics.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

Choose NSCC

  • Develop skills to meet a growing need in the medical industry.
  • Small class sizes provide the support and attention you need to succeed.
  • Hands-on learning and work terms in real medical environments provide the experience employers look for on a résumé.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Health service careers are among the fastest growing occupations in the economy. An aging population and growing healthcare needs, combined with a focus on accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare services delivery, have led to an increased demand for Health Information Management professionals - people with information management, data collection and analysis and data security skills.
  • Due to a shortage of Health Information Professionals/Managers and expected retirements for those in the field, the outlook for employment opportunities is very positive. Industry forecasts the combination of growth demand and replacement demand for HIM professionals will generate hiring requirements ranging from approximately 6,200 to 12,200 persons between 2014 and 2019 (Health Informatics and Health Information Management Human Resources Outlook 2014-2019 (PDF 5.7MB). New opportunities exist for HIM professionals to work with health care providers at all levels of government as they transition from paper to electronic health records.

Other Info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Important Abilities and Skills: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet Explorer is recommended.
  • Work Placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1003   Anatomy and Physiology I
ANAP 2003   Anatomy and Physiology II
COMP 2008   Database Management
COMP 2112   Applied Spreadsheets
HIMP 1000   Clinical Pathology for Health Information Management I
HIMP 1002   Communication for Community Development and Health
HIMP 1004   Organization of Canadian Health Care
HIMP 1005   Medical Terminology I
HIMP 1007   Coding and Classification Systems I
HIMP 1008   Introduction to Health Information Management Practicum
HIMP 1009   Health Information Management I
HIMP 1010   Health Information Management Practicum I
HIMP 2000   Clinical Pathology for Health Information Management II
HIMP 2002   Communicating for the HIM Professional
HIMP 2004   Health Law
HIMP 2005   Medical Terminology II
HIMP 2007   Coding and Classification Systems II
HIMP 2009   Health Information Management II
HIMP 2011   Health Statistics
HIMP 2012   Electronic Health Record
HIMP 2013   Project Management and Teamwork
HIMP 2014   Epidemiology
HIMP 3007   Coding and Classification Systems III
HIMP 3009   Health Information Management III
HIMP 3015   Research Design & Methodology
HIMP 3030   Health Information Management Senior Practicum
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

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