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Health Information Management (HIM)

Health Information Management (HIM)

Use technology to capture and analyze health data and improve health care delivery.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$9,785 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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 Seats available


Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are advocates for people's right to private, secure and confidential health information.

Working in various health care settings, these practitioners support clinical research and health policy through the provision of health care data and the management of complex information systems.

In this program, you learn to use computer technologies to capture and analyze information. You also study biomedical sciences, project management, coding and classification, privacy and security and health care law.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Biology, English and Math.
    • 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 and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check is required to complete work placements in this program. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and 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.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Health service careers are among the fastest-growing occupations in the economy. An aging population and growing health care needs, combined with a focus on accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of 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.
  • 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.

Choose NSCC

  • This program provides structured academic studies with associated practical experiences in the health care field. It complies with the Canadian Health Information Management Association standards (CHIMA); graduates are eligible to challenge the CHIMA national certification examination and are employable across Canada and the world.
  • 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.

Other info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs is recommended.

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

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