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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.

For more information on the Health Information Management program, please 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 Records AdministratorOther Administrative Services Managers (114)$36,400 - $152,400
Health Information Management ConsultantProfessional Occupations in Business Management Occupations (1122)$37,700 - $91,500
Health Information AnalystProfessional Occupations in Business Management Occupations (1122)$37,700 - $91,500

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

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



Length: 67 weeks: 

Year 1 - 35 weeks; Year 2 - 32 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus
  • 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*, and one 30 level science (one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
    • Effective for the fall 2015 intakes: 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), and Computer Science 30 or Information Processing 30.
    • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Accepted applicants may be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering the practicum component of the program. At the discretion of the practicum 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.
    • Effective for the fall 2015 intakes: Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search upon admission to 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 and Vulnerable Sector Search. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search 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 - $7,900
Year 2 - $6,000

International Students

Regina

Year 1 (35 weeks) - $13,600 tuition only (estimated)

Year 2 (32 weeks) - $12,700 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
APHY 162
Anatomy and Physiology 1
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 62.0
Equivalent Course(s): ANAT 160, NURS 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
CLIN 161
Clinical – Foundations of Health Information Management
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 160(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lab/Practical, Print Distance Group
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: 34.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
COMP 173
Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint and Web Publishing
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 138, COAP 196, COMP 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
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: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): HLRC 162
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MED 161
Medical Terminology
2
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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: 2
Course Hours: 34.0
Equivalent Course(s): MED 160, MTER 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
PATH 161
Pathophysiology 1
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 47.0
Prerequisites(s): MED 161, APHY 162(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
PSYC 160
Psychology 1
2
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Your studies will include the theories and concepts that form the foundation 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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 34.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

Year 1 - Semester 2A

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
APHY 262
Anatomy and Physiology 2
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 62.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 162
Equivalent Course(s): ANAT 265, NURS 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
CLIN 257
Clinical - Coding 1
6
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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 such as skin, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, blood and respiratory systems. You will also study neoplasm, infection and orthopaedic trauma cases.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 262(concurrent), (PATH 272(concurrent) or PATH 271(concurrent)), CLIN 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lab/Practical, Print Distance Group
CLIN 258
Clinical - Coding 2
7
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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.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 110.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 262(concurrent), (PATH 273(concurrent) or PATH 271(concurrent)), CLIN 257
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lab/Practical, Print Distance Group
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: 35.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 160
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
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 262(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
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: 47.0
Prerequisites(s): PATH 272 or (PATH 270, PATH 271), APHY 262(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

Year 1 - Semester 2B

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 165
Health Information Practicum 1
13
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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: 13
Course Hours: 188.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 262, (CLIN 258 or CLIN 259), HINF 161, (PATH 273 or PATH 271), COMP 173, COMP 174, COMM 262
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum

Year 2 - Semester 3

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 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
COMP 176
Introduction to Microsoft Access 1
1
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You will study the basic features of 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 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Online - Individual
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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
HINF 260
Epidemiology
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 165
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
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 report writing, nomenclatures, various classification systems and Management Information Systems (MIS) standards.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 34.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 165
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
HINF 262
Health Care Law and Ethics
3
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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 how health information is used in legal proceedings and in research. You will be able to design policies related to privacy, confidentiality, security and participate in risk management activities.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 264(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
HINF 264
Theories and Concepts of Program Management
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 165
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
HINF 265
Health Information Systems
4
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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: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 175(concurrent), COMP 176(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group

Year 2 - Semester 4A

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 288
Clinical - Coding 3
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, 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.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 150.0
Prerequisites(s): HINF 261(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lab/Practical, Print Distance Group
HINF 263
Human Resource Management in Health Care
2
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Your studies will focus on management theories, maintaining collaborative relationships, managing and evaluating staff performance and development, human rights and labour standards.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Equivalent Course(s): HR 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
HINF 266
Health 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)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group

Year 2 - Semester 4B

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
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: 280.0
Prerequisites(s): CLIN 288, HINF 266, COSC 262, HINF 260, HINF 262, HINF 263, HINF 264, HINF 265, STAT 260, PSYC 160
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Clinical/Practicum
Note: Students must be admitted to the program before taking the following courses: CLIN 161, HINF 161, and 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.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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), 1st accrediation site visit February 2014, waiting results.

Health Information Management is the only diploma program in Saskatchewan recognized 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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