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Health Information Management

Information management is increasingly in demand, particularly in the health care field where high-quality information is critical to high-quality care. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Health Information Management (HIM) is one of 19 programs in Canada recognized by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM). Only graduates of CCHIM-recognized programs are eligible to write the national certification exam and be recognized as health information management professionals.

The two-year diploma program emphasizes a practical, hands-on style of learning. The curriculum is designed to provide knowledge and skill development in biomedical sciences, information science, technology, legal aspects of health information and integration of clinical and financial information. You will learn how to provide leadership and expertise in data collection and coding, data quality, record content and retention, record/systems management, patient access to health information, privacy, security and confidentiality, interpretation and analysis of health data, transition to the electronic health record and e-HIM (electronic health information management).

All courses except the practicum (which must be completed in an accredited hospital chosen by the program) are available through distance and/or continuing education. Travel may be required for the practicum component. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Campus in Regina. For complete program information, check the program page. For more information on the distance program please refer to the student handbook (pdf).

It may take up to a year to place out-of-province students in clinical practicum sites in their home province.

You can apply to take this distance program anytime throughout the year. If you are interested in starting the program in the fall, it is strongly recommended that you apply before the end of May (if not earlier). It takes time to process applications and some classes begin at the end of August. Intake is ongoing, but if you apply late you may have to take October classes rather than August classes, which can have a significant impact later in the semester. You may take the following courses prior to being accepted into the program:

  • MED 161
  • APHY 162
  • APHY 262
  • PATH 161
  • HINF 160
  • COMM 262
  • PSYC 160
  • COMP 173
  • COMP 174
  • COMP 175
  • COMP 176

Study schedules (pdf) for completing the program in 3 or 4 years are available. It is strongly recommended that you pick one path and maintain it. Once you choose your classes for the year please email Tara at tara.fournier@saskpolytech.ca. The HIM program must be completed within five years.


You will study the human body, how it is constructed and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. You will focus on the interaction between the structures of the body cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. The course content includes levels of organization of the human body, cells, tissues, integument and the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. You will apply your theoretical knowledge in practical setting by performing dissections of specimens as part of the mandatory lab component.

If you are interested in registering for the online course format, you will do your learning at home with the use of your own computer and an internet connection. You will need knowledge of, and have access to, a computer in order to participate in this type of learning method. You will have contact with other anatomy students throughout your course. Although you will need to purchase a lab dissection kit, you are not required to attend any classes or travel to lab sessions and you will do your lab work, including dissections, in your own home.

62 hours/15 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2017 - April 3, 2017
Mon, Wed - 6:00-8:29 pm
Room: 912
Registration deadline: January 4, 2017
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$858.00ReginaCRN: 201603-450
January 5, 2017 - May 4, 2017
Thu - 6:00-9:29 pm
Room: 912
Registration deadline: January 5, 2017
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$858.00ReginaCRN: 201603-449
January 4, 2017 - May 3, 2017
Wed - 6:00-9:30 pm
Room: 301.1
Registration deadline: January 4, 2017
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$858.00SaskatoonCRN: 201603-454
January 4, 2017 - April 13, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$841.00OnlineCRN: 201603-439
January 4, 2017 - April 13, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$841.00OnlineCRN: 201603-440
January 4, 2017 - April 13, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$841.00OnlineCRN: 201603-441
May 1, 2017 - August 4, 2017
Registration deadline: May 1, 2017
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$841.00OnlineCRN: 201604-59
You will study the human body, how it is constructed and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. The course builds on the information you learned in APHY 162 (Anatomy and Physiology 1). You will focus on the study of systems involved with integration, control, absorption, excretion and reproduction. You will apply your theoretical knowledge in practical setting by performing dissections of specimens as part of the mandatory lab component.

If you are interested in registering for the online course format, you will do your learning at home with the use of your own computer and an internet connection. You will need knowledge of, and have access to, a computer in order to participate in this type of learning method. You will have contact with other anatomy students throughout your course. Although you will need to purchase a lab dissection kit, you are not required to attend any classes or travel to lab sessions and you will do your lab work, including dissections, in your own home.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (APHY 162)


62 hours/15 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials and a dissection kit.
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 28, 2017
Tue, Thu - 6:00-8:29 pm
Room: 915
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
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$858.00ReginaCRN: 201603-451
January 3, 2017 - March 28, 2017
Tue, Thu - 6:00-8:30 pm
Room: 301.1
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
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$858.00SaskatoonCRN: 201603-455
January 4, 2017 - April 13, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$841.00OnlineCRN: 201603-442
January 4, 2017 - April 13, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$841.00OnlineCRN: 201603-443
May 1, 2017 - August 4, 2017
Registration deadline: May 1, 2017
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$841.00OnlineCRN: 201604-60
Your clinical experience will focus on coding with the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, Canada/Canadian Classification of Health Interventions (ICD- 10-CA/CCI). You will study body systems such as skin, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, blood and respiratory systems. You will also study neoplasm, infection and orthopaedic trauma cases.

Students are not permitted to take CLIN257 and CLIN 258 in the same month. Students must complete CLIN 161 prior to beginning CLIN 257. You must have access to a computer with an operating system of Windows XP or higher. High speed internet is necessary.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY 262) (Concurrent), Clinical - Foundations of Health Information Management (CLIN 161), Pathophysiology 2 (PATH 272) (Concurrent)


90 hours/13 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$895.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-708
February 14, 2017 - May 12, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$895.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-709
Your clinical experience will build on the skills developed in Clinical Coding 1 (CLIN 257). You will focus on coding with the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, Canada/Canadian Classification of Health Interventions (ICD- 10-CA/CCI). You will study body systems including: digestive, hepatobiliary, urinary, reproductive, nervous, special senses and endocrine systems. You will examine nutritional, metabolic, mental and behavioural disorder cases. You will also learn how to abstract data.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY 262) (Concurrent), Clinical - Coding 1 (CLIN 257), Pathophysiology 3 (PATH 273) (Concurrent)


110 hours/13 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$895.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-710
February 14, 2017 - May 12, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$895.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-712
March 21, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 24, 2017
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$895.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-714
You will build on your skills in International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, Canada/Canadian Classification of Health Interventions (ICD-10-CA/CCI) coding and abstracting. You will study human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), infections, septicaemia, pregnancy/childbirth and newborn coding cases. You will also study complex coding cases. Your studies will include a review of coding practices and guidelines, data quality issues, report writing and data presentation.

You must have access to a computer with Windows XP or higher with high speed internet.

Prerequisites: Health Information Analysis 2 (HINF 261) (Concurrent)


150 hours/24 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$1,325.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-2564
Your foundations clinical experience will take place in a health information management department. You will learn the concepts of coding and focus on basic health record procedures including chart assembly and quantitative analysis.

Notes: Students are not permitted to take CLIN161 and CLIN 257 in the same semester. Students must complete CLIN 161 prior to beginning CLIN 257. Students are required to arrange a clinical experience with the aid of the course facilitator, in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic approved workplace. You must have access to a computer with an operating system of Windows XP or higher. High speed internet is necessary. Travel may be required for the clinical placement.

Prerequisites: Health Record Systems (HINF 160) (Concurrent)


60 hours/16 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 24, 2017 - May 12, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
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$795.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-707
You will learn the structure of program design, development, testing and documentation. You will learn to design single and multi-table databases using SPSS and Access. The course content includes the fundamentals of algorithms and algorithm analysis.

You must have access to a computer with high speed internet access and Windows XP or higher, Microsoft Access and SPSS (student version of SPSS comes with manual).

Prerequisites: Introduction to Microsoft Access 1 (COMP 176)


60 hours/16 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 17, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$855.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-716
Your studies will include the nature and scope of epidemiology (especially as these relate to health information systems). You will study the distribution of diseases in populations and factors that influence the occurrence of disease.

This course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing online access to course material at a time that is convenient to the student.

Prerequisites: Health Information Practicum 1 (PRAC 165)


This course currently has no offerings.

You will have an opportunity to write an electronic exam consisting of seven mini exams with 22 questions per mini exam. This comprehensive exam provides an overview of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic HIM diploma program, which is a Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) recognized HIM program. You will study the following seven competencies: biomedical science, health information science, health information analysis and presentation, technology and health information, access, privacy and security, ethics and practice and the healthcare system in Canada.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 10, 2017
Registration deadline: April 27, 2017
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$60.00OnlineCRN: 201604-112
You will become familiar with health law (especially as it pertains to health information) and the issues associated with the privacy, confidentiality and security of health information. You will identify appropriate ethical conduct in pursuing your professional role and gain an overview of legislation relating to health care and health information. You will be able to design policies related to confidentiality, privacy, security and participate in risk management activities.

This course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing online access to course material at a time that is convenient to the student.

Prerequisites: Theories and Concepts of Health Information Management (HINF 264) (Concurrent)


This course currently has no offerings.

Your studies will involve learning about health informatics and how eHealth impacts the health information management professional. You will study common health informatics standards, including Health Level Seven (HL7).

Prerequisites: Health Information Analysis 2 (HINF 261) (Concurrent), Theories and Concepts of Health Information Management (HINF 264) (Concurrent)


30 hours/16 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - April 20, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-721
You will learn how to retrieve, analyze and present data/information. You will also become familiar with the use and content of the basic Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reports, data presentation and graphic techniques.

Prior experience with Microsoft Excel is strongly recommended.

Prerequisites: Health Record Systems (HINF 160)


35 hours/16 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 17, 2017 - May 5, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-717
February 21, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: February 24, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-718
Building on the skills you developed in Health Information Analysis 1 (HINF 161), your studies will focus on the research, design and methodology of health information analysis and utilization. You will also review various health information sources and documentation. You will be introduced to report writing, nomenclatures, various classification systems and Management Information Systems (MIS) standards.

This course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing online access to course material at a time that is convenient to the student.

Prerequisites: Health Information Practicum 1 (PRAC 165)


This course currently has no offerings.

You will apply your previously learned theory and experience in health information management while working in a health care agency. Your practicum will focus on coding. You will have an opportunity to practice abstracting and presenting data.

Note: Students must register for this class no later than January 9, 2016. Travel may be required for practicum site

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY 262), Introduction to Microsoft Excel I (COMP 174), Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint and Web Publishing (COMP 173), Clinical - Coding 2 (CLIN 258), Health Information Analysis 1 (HINF 161), Pathophysiology 3 (PATH 273), Workplace Communication (COMM 262)


188 hours/6 weeks
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 17, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$1,495.00ClinicalCRN: 201603-732
Your practical experience will help you acquire experience working in the health information field. You will develop your professional skills by promoting both the health information profession and program.

This course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing online access to course material at a time that is convenient to the student.

Prerequisites: Psychology 1 (PSYC 160), Clinical - Coding 3 (CLIN 288), Database Programming (COSC 262), Epidemiology (HINF 260), Health Care Law and Ethics (HINF 262), Health Informatics (HINF 266), Health Information Systems (HINF 265), Human Resource Management in Health Care (HINF 263), Theories and Concepts of Health Information Management (HINF 264), Statistics for Health Sciences (STAT 260)


Additional costs: Books and materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 27, 2017 - June 17, 2017
Registration deadline: March 17, 2017
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$1,850.00OnlineCRN: 201603-2371
Your studies will prepare you to deal with changes in computer technology and information systems. You will acquire the skills to participate in analysing and planning for system changes that affect health information files.

You must have access to a computer with high speed internet access and Windows XP or higher, Microsoft Word and Excel.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Microsoft Access 1 (COMP 176) (Concurrent), Introduction to Microsoft Excel II (COMP 175) (Concurrent)


60 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 10, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Registration deadline: January 13, 2017
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$765.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-720
You will explore the structure of the health care system and uses of health information. You will study federal and provincial legislation regarding health records and the ethical/legal considerations involved in the confidentiality of health information. You will examine basic health information management department procedures.

This course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing online access to course material at a time that is convenient to the student.

Additional costs: Books and materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 16, 2017 - May 6, 2017
Registration deadline: January 23, 2017
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$755.00OnlineCRN: 201603-770
Your studies will focus on management theories, maintaining collaborative relationships, managing and evaluating staff performance and development, committee structure and involvement, human rights and labour standards.

32 hours/16 weeks Additional costs: Course materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - April 20, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-719
Your studies will focus on the basic features of Microsoft Access. You will create simple tables, queries, forms and reports. You will also modify database elements such as fields and records.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201603-103
You will study the basic features of Excel. You will learn to format spreadsheet elements, create simple charts and use simple formulas and functions.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201603-101
You will study the intermediate features of Excel. Using the skills and knowledge you acquired in COMP 172 (Introduction to Micrsoft Word / Excel) or COMP 174 (Introduction to Excel 1), you will learn to work with multiple worksheets, create and modify several chart types, perform data manipulation features and use more advanced spreadsheet functions.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Microsoft Excel I (COMP 174), Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel (COMP 172), (one of either)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201603-102
Your studies will introduce you to basic skills in the use of PowerPoint software for designing, editing and delivering presentations. You will learn the fundamentals of web publishing for simple web page development.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201603-100
Your studies will focus on medical language and its use in practical situations. You will be introduced to the structure and function of medical language and the medical terms relating to body systems.

This course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing online access to course material at a time that is convenient to the student.

Additional costs: Books and materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
December 6, 2016 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: December 9, 2016
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$535.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-657
January 3, 2017 - April 21, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$535.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-722
February 7, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$535.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-723
March 7, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: March 10, 2017
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$535.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-724
January 16, 2017 - May 6, 2017
Registration deadline: January 23, 2017
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$550.00OnlineCRN: 201603-772
You will be introduced to various disease processes that can affect normal body structure and function. You will study the diagnostic investigations and treatments associated with each disease process. You will also study the effects of drugs and nutrition on the human body.

Students are not permitted to register for PATH 161, PATH 272, and PATH 273 in the same semester. Students are not permitted to start PATH 272 until PATH 161 is completed.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (APHY 162) (Concurrent), Medical Terminology (MED 161)


47 hours/16 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - April 21, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-725
February 14, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-726
Building on the skills you developed in Pathophysiology 1 (PATH 161), you will study disease processes and the effects they have on the skin, breast, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, blood, lymphatic and respiratory body systems.

Students are not permitted to register for PATH 272 and PATH 273 in the same month. Students must complete PATH 161 prior to beginning PATH 272. Path 272 must be completed prior to beginning PATH 273.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY 262) (Concurrent), Pathophysiology 1 (PATH 161)


45 hours/16 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - April 21, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-727
February 7, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-728
Building on the skills you developed in Pathophysiology 1 (PATH 161) and Pathophysiology 2 (PATH 272), you will continue to learn disease processes and the effects they have on the digestive, urinary, reproductive and endocrine body systems. You will also examine disorders of the eye and ear, neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Students are not permitted to register for PATH 272 and PATH 273 in the same month. Path 272 must be completed prior to beginning PATH 273.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY 262) (Concurrent), Pathophysiology 2 (PATH 272)


47 hours/16 weeks Additional costs: Books and print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - April 21, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-729
February 14, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-730
March 7, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: March 10, 2017
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$555.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-731
In the course you will be introduced to the study of psychology as a science. You will explore the study of human behaviour by examining concepts including: perception, sensation, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, states of consciousness, personality, and the relationship between health and stress.

34 hours/12 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2017 - March 24, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$451.00OnlineCRN: 201603-435
You will learn statistical methods of analysis and inference including descriptive measures, frequency distributions, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression techniques. The emphasis in this course is on statistical applications, with problems chosen from the health sciences field.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will gain an understanding of health information systems, project management, policies and procedures and needs assessment. Your studies will prepare you for business and strategic planning.

This course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing online access to course material at a time that is convenient to the student.

Prerequisites: Health Information Practicum 1 (PRAC 165)


This course currently has no offerings.

You will review effective writing skills and apply those skills to workplace documents: e-mail, memos, business letters and reports. You will apply effective oral communication to individual presentations and meetings. You will examine interpersonal relationships in the workplace and demonstrate conflict resolution skills in individual and group settings.

34 hours/12 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2017 - March 24, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$451.00OnlineCRN: 201603-434
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