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Health Information Management

Diploma
Health Information Management

Program Overview

If you’re detail oriented, self motivated and want a unique career in the health-care industry, consider Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Health Information Management program. You’ll learn how to collect, organize and manage large amounts of health information, all while meeting privacy standards.

You could work as a health information management practitioner, coordinator or analyst with health regions as well as public and private health agencies–hospitals to cancer clinics and government agencies. Your unique skill set can also open doors to jobs with police forces, educational institutions, law offices, insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms.

Health Information Management is a nationally accredited two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus and through distance education. Learn from experienced instructors as you build knowledge and leadership skills in:

  • data collection, coding and quality;
  • electronic health information management (e-HIM®);
  • information privacy, security and confidentiality;
  • interpretation and analysis of health data;
  • patient access to health information;
  • records and systems management; and
  • transition to the electronic health record.

Work Experience

The program includes two work-based practicums: one in first year, one in second year. It’s a chance to apply your new knowledge and skills in an actual health agency setting. By the time you graduate, you’ll already have 15 weeks of real-world experience – something you can highlight to potential employers.

Diploma to Degree

Use your Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma to transfer into the third year of a four-year Kinesiology, Health Studies or Arts degree program at the University of Regina or First Nations University of Canada.

Get More Information

If you are interested in this program, register for the new student information session.

Contact Raylene Lutz, Health Information Management Administrative Assistant, at 306-775-7639 or lutz@saskpolytech.ca.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Health Information Management graduates work as information management practitioners, coordinators and analysts in many different areas of health care including hospital admitting, quality management, research and statistics, information systems, utilization management and risk management. Look for positions with health regions, government agencies, community clinics, long-term care facilities, home care agencies and mental health or outreach programs. Or transfer your skill set into other areas such as education, law enforcement, insurance and research.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Health Information PractitionerOther Administrative Services Managers (114)$36,400 - $152,400
Health Information Management ConsultantProfessional Occupations in Business Management Occupations (1122)$39,600 - $94,900
Health Information AnalystProfessional Occupations in Business Management Occupations (1122)$39,600 - $94,900

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September (on campus); ongoing from September to March (distance)



Length: 71 weeks:

Year 1 - 38 weeks; Year 2 - 33 weeks

Locations

  • Regina
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in the following subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30*, one 30-level science (one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
    • Effective for 2016/2017: Also minimum keyboarding speed of 30 words per minute with 90% accuracy (5-minute testing report to be submitted with transcripts). (Testing is available through Saskatchewan Polytechnic Testing Services).
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Effective for 2016/2017: Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check upon admission into the program. At the discretion of the practicum/clinical agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.
  • Practicum placements are located throughout Saskatchewan; therefore, all students must be willing to relocate in order to complete their practicum experiences.

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • one 30-level math

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 85 Reading
  • 85 Sentence
  • 5 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $8,500
Year 2 - $6,600

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Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
APHY 100
Anatomy and Physiology 1
4
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You will develop an understanding of the human body, its structures and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. You will acquire knowledge of the interactions of the body's structures including cells, tissues, organs, and certain organ systems. You will learn the structures and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): APHY 162
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
CLIN 101
Clinical - Records Management and Professionalism
4
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In this clinical experience, you will apply basic health information management principles to theory and the clinical setting. You will focus on basic health record procedures including chart assembly and chart review. You will also learn about electronic records management. You will apply professionalism, employability skills and various health information management duties while in the workplace setting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 160(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): CLIN 101CE, CLIN 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
CLIN 102
Clinical - Coding 1
4
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Your clinical experience will focus on the introductory concepts behind 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 learn how to code basic neoplasm and infection cases. You will also learn about the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 101(concurrent), MED 161(concurrent), APHY 100(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): CLIN 102CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
COMP 174
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1
1
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You will study the basic features of Excel. You will learn to create workbooks, format spreadsheet elements, manipulate multiple worksheets, create simple charts and use simple formulas and functions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 117, COAP 138, COAP 197, COAP 344, COMP 120, COMP 174CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
COMP 179
Introduction to PowerPoint
1
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You will receive instruction and practice in creating, modifying and delivering a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. You will enhance the presentation by adding charts, tables, visual elements, multimedia, transition effects and animations. You will study how to present, distribute and customize presentations.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 138, COMP 120, COMP 173, COMP 179CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ENGL 101
Critical Reading and Writing
3
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You will develop basic skills in critical analysis, effective reading and composition by analyzing and evaluating materials from various disciplines. You will also refine your understanding and practice of the structures of composition by writing a report on a topic of your choice using APA-style format.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
HINF 160
Health Record Systems
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGL 101(concurrent), COMP 179(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 160CE, HLRC 162
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MED 161
Medical Terminology
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MED 160, MED 161CE, MTER 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PATH 161
Pathophysiology 1
2
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You will be introduced to various concepts and disease processes that can affect normal body structure and function. You will study the common diagnostic investigations and treatments associated with each disease process. You will also study the effects of drugs on the human body.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): MED 161, APHY 100(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PATH 161CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
APHY 200
Anatomy and Physiology 2
4
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You will continue to study the human body, building on the information you learned in APHY 100 (Anatomy and Physiology 1). You will learn the structures and functions of the endocrine, urinary, nervous, digestive, sensory, and reproductive systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
CLIN 236
Clinical - Coding 2
4
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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 including: skin, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, blood and respiratory. You will examine orthopaedic trauma cases. You will also learn how to abstract acute care data.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 102, APHY 200(concurrent), PATH 272(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): CLIN 236CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
CLIN 237
Clinical - Coding 3
7
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Your clinical experience will build on the skills developed in Clinical - Coding 1 (CLIN 102). 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 ambulatory care data.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 105.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 236, APHY 200(concurrent), PATH 273(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): CLIN 237CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
COMM 262
Workplace Communication
2
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You will review effective writing skills and apply those skills to workplace documents: e-mails, 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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 262CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
HINF 161
Health Information Analysis 1
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 174, CLIN 236(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 161CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PATH 272
Pathophysiology 2
3
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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
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PATH 161, APHY 200(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PATH 272CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
PATH 273
Pathophysiology 3
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PATH 272, APHY 200(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PATH 273CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 165
Health Information Practicum 1
11
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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.
Credit Units: 11
Course Hours: 165.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 161, PATH 273, COMM 262, APHY 200, CLIN 237
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 165CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMP 175
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2
1
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You will study the intermediate features of Excel. Using the skills and knowledge you acquired in COMP 174 (Introduction to Excel 1), you will learn to use more advanced spreadsheet functions, create and modify several chart types, and perform data manipulation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 172 or COMP 174
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 344, COMP 175CE, COMP 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
COMP 176
Introduction to Microsoft Access 1
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): CDBM 190, COAP 138, COAP 197, COAP 345, COMP 120, COMP 176CE, COMP 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Online - Individual, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
COSC 262
Database Programming
4
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You will learn the structure of program design, development, testing and documentation. You will learn to design single and multi-table databases using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and Access. Your course content will include the fundamentals of algorithms and algorithm analysis.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 176
Equivalent Course(s): COSC 262CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
HINF 260
Epidemiology and Population Health
4
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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. You will learn the steps involved in writing a research paper and apply the steps to a specific disease model.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 165
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 260CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
HINF 261
Health Information Analysis 2
2
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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 data analysis, nomenclatures, various classification systems and Management Information Systems (MIS) standards.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 165
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 261CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
HINF 262
Health Care Law and Ethics
4
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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 examine the legal responsibilities and ethical situations for Indigenous peoples under health law. You will be able to design policies related to privacy, confidentiality, security and participate in risk management activities.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 264(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 262CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
HINF 264
Theories and Concepts of Program Management
3
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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 and introduce you to program management concepts.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 165
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 264CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
HINF 265
Health Information Systems
3
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Your studies will prepare you to manage and evaluate changes in computer technology and information systems. You will acquire the skills to participate in analyzing and planning for system changes that affect health information files.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 175(concurrent), COMP 176(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 265CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
STAT 260
Statistics for Health Sciences
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): STAT 190, STAT 260CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 288
Clinical - Coding 4
10
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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, sepsis, viral hepatitis, 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.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 150.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 261(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): CLIN 288CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
HINF 263
Human Resource Management and the Employee
2
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Your studies will focus on management theories, maintaining collaborative relationships, managing and evaluating staff development, examining self-performance and development, and discussing human rights and labour standards.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 263CE, HR 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
HINF 266
Health Standards and Informatics
2
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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).
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 261(concurrent), HINF 264(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): HINF 266CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
PRAC 262
Health Information Practicum 2
19
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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.
Credit Units: 19
Course Hours: 285.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 288, HINF 266, COSC 262, HINF 260, HINF 262, HINF 263, HINF 264, HINF 265, STAT 260
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 262CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Prior Learning
Note: Students must be admitted to the program before taking CLIN 101 or PATH 272.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA)

Health Information Management is the only diploma program in Saskatchewan accredited by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA). Having a CHIMA-recognized diploma qualifies you to write the national certification exam and gain industry recognition as a Health Information Management (HIM) professional.

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Part-Time Delivery

In order to graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply and be admitted to the program before taking CLIN 101 and PATH 272.

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