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Health Information Management

We're transitioning to a new registration system. If you're looking for a course that starts after July 1, 2017 visit saskpolytech.ca/part-time-studies.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

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