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Health Information Management

Available at: Kingston


Get started on your career as a Health Informa­tion professional in just 47 weeks and help fill the national shortage of skilled practitioners. If you want to work in healthcare, have a strong interest in computers, and know that direct patient care isn't for you, becoming a Health Information professional may be the ideal career choice. This program prepares graduates to work in many different health settings, using the latest in information technology to contribute to quality patient care. You’ll study bio­medical sciences, health information sciences, electronic record systems, statistical analysis, and health law. Students will develop team work and presentation skills. This program is recognized by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA). Graduates will be eligible to write the national certifica­tion examination administered by CHIMA and will be entitled to use the credentials CHIM to denote their professional designation.

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Career Opportunities

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals participate in the collection, analysis and organization of health data to provide information that is used by management teams, clinical care teams, government statistical and funding bodies, researchers as well as information technology product developers. HIM professionals work with personal health records, capturing and encoding patient information, analyzing data, and preparing reports for use in health-care delivery, research and education. HIMs are knowledgeable about health information privacy issues and data security and the legislation that directs the management of personal health information. Health information  management professionals are important members of interdisciplinary health care teams contributing to quality patient care. Opportuni­ties exist in a variety of settings such as hos­pitals, family health networks, health research agencies, legal firms, government agencies, and other varied community health services.

A recent Health Informatics (HI)/Health Information Management (HIM) Sector Study has estimated between 6,200 and 12,200 HI and HIM professionals will be needed by 2019 to fill the skill shortage due to replacement and growth demand. The detailed report can be downloaded here (pdf).

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Program Name

Health Information Management

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year extended

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $5,871.36. Compulsory fees are $1,252.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $27,225.00. Compulsory fees are $1,996.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1 – 16 weeks
BIOL 1101 Anatomy and Physiology for the HIM professional
COCL 1000 Introduction to Coding and Classifications Systems I
FPHI 1100 Field Placement for the Health Information Management Professional I
General Education Elective (2)
HCCR 1100 Health Care in Canada and its Regulations for HIM Professionals
HICO 1100 Introduction To Computers
HIPR 1100 Health Information Practicum I
HISC 1100 Health Information Science I
TERM 1101 Medical Terminology for the HIM Professions

Semester 2 – 15 weeks
BIOL 1201 Pathophysiology for the HIM Professional
COCL 1100 Coding and Classification Systems II
EHIM 1100 Electronic Health Record I
HIMA 1100 Mathematics for HIM Professionals
HICO 1200 Health Information Computer Applications/Database Management
HIPR 1200 Health Information Practicum II
HISC 1200 Health Information Science II
HIQM 1100 Quality Management in Health Care
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3 – 9 weeks of class time & 6 weeks of placement (*+ 3 days)
COCL 1200 Coding and Classification Systems III
EHIM 1200 Electronic Health Record II
FPHI 1200 Field Placement for the Health Information Management Professional II
HIDS 1100 Decision Support/Utilization
HIPR 1300 Health Information Management Practicum
HISC 1300 Health Information Science III
RESC 1100 Applied Research & Epidemiology
PHAR 1100 Pharmacology

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Criminal Background Check:
Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) and Vulnerable Sector Checks conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible.  Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months.   Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

Health Requirements


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Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

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When deciding to return to school for a second career, the Health Information Management at SLC seemed like a program that would lead to a new and exciting career opportunity. I commuted to school from an hour west of Kingston and I had a toddler at dome so I didn't have a lot of extra time. The program was challenging but I thoroughly enjoyed the work and the lectures. The professors were knowledgeable and each brought forth their own HIM career experiences. They were also very supportive and always available. I passed the certification exam and within months of graduation found the job that made the program so worthwhile for me. The skills I obtained in the Health Information Management Program prepared me for my new career and I am enjoying all the endless opportunities and doors it has opened for me. 

Alicia McCullam, Data Management Coordinator, Rural Hastings Health Links

Program Contact

Megan Bailey

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Note:  MacIntosh computers (Macs) are not compatible with certain HIM software applications.

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Unique Learning Opportunities

WSIB Coverage:
Students from health sciences program on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board(WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

To be eligible:

  • A student must be currently registered in the program;
  • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
  • The student must not be paid for the placement.

The HIM program offers students up to 332 hours of practicum experience through the year. Students will have an opportunity to apply the learned theory and skills taught within the first and second semester in a real work setting. Practicum experiences are sought in health information departments in hospital environments or in other healthcare agencies. Students are expected to help secure their placements for the final semester require­ment. An in-house practicum lab has been established to provide students with a com­prehensive learning opportunity for patient care system modules.

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