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Health Information Management

Open for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Train for a career managing personal health information and interpreting data to assist with patient care, research, education and resource allocation through action-based learning in computers and healthcare essentials.


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Median Starting Salary

Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,178
Year 2: $4,976
Year 1 (International): $15,765
Year 2 (International): $15,060

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a keyboarding assessment. 

When can you apply?

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017. 

Program Details

Program Description

Watch a video about Health Information Management studies at SAIT PolytechnicPersonal health information about Canadians is being collected, recorded, reviewed, and transmitted every day. Informed decisions affecting health services can only be achieved with the best information available. The role of health information management goes beyond managing health records to managing the information contained in those records. Using computer skills and knowledge of healthcare fundamentals, critical medical information is translated from patient health records into data following national data standards. The health information management professional then interprets the data to provide comprehensive quality information for patient care, resource allocation, statistics, research, planning and education.

The Health Information Management program is two years in length and is divided into three semesters for each year. The fall and winter semesters for year one and two involve classroom instruction, some of which is in a computer lab at SAIT working with industry-specific software. The spring semester for year one involves a six-week unpaid practicum placement at a small to medium sized healthcare facility. During the spring semester of year two, students will complete an eight-week unpaid practicum at a large healthcare facility or organization. Note: There is a possibility of out-of-province placements due to a shortage of practicum sites within Alberta. It is also common for placement to be outside the city of Calgary.

Due to the heavy computer component of this program, students are required to have access to a computer outside regular class time.

Certain courses are available by distance education or continuing education - COMP264, HILA200, PATH242, MEDT261, PATH252 and PROF240. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the Program Outline. Please be advised that full-time student status requires the student to take 60 percent of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by distance education or continuing education, students may be considered a part-time student, which may impact their financial loan status.

As some of the content is delivered in an online environment, students will be required to have a personal computer with Internet access.

Your Career

Graduates find work as health information management professionals and are primarily employed in hospitals.

Student Success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.
  • Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
  • Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment. 
  • Basic computer skills are essential for success in the program.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30, AND,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • At least 60% in Biology 30
  • All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. 

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.
  • Selection is done on a continuous basis and will occur until the program is full. 
  • In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly.

Selection Process

  • Qualified applicants will be required to complete a Keyboarding Skills assessment. The keyboarding assessment is a Pass/Fail exam. Applicants who are unable to type at least 30 words per minute net or better will not be eligible to continue in the selection process.
  • You will be contacted by the School of Health and Public Safety with more information on how to schedule the assessment through SAIT.
  • Applicants will be offered seats or placed on the waitlist in the order that successful keyboarding assessments have been received by the School of Health and Public Safety.

Step 4: Apply to Health Information Management and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Complete the Keyboarding Skills assessment after being contacted by the School of Health and Public Safety

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Practicum Requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as relocation and travel costs.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Updated Immunization Records: Most practicum sites require students to demonstrate updated immunization status prior to attending practicum. Successful candidates will be asked to provide an up-to-date immunization record to the SAIT Health Clinic as part of the program orientation. Failure to do so could jeopardize a student's ability to complete the practicum portion of his/her program. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations. Please review the immunization process document for specific details. It is advised to start the immunization process early as it can take some time to complete.

  • Security Clearance: According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practica sites require that students obtain a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, prior to going on practicum. Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student's entry into practicum, and therefore will result in an uncompleted program or non-graduating status. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a clear Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check record to the School of Health and Public Safety main office by orientation day. Please review the security clearance process document for specific details. Be aware that record must be dated no earlier than 90 days prior to your program orientation day (typically orientation day is held the week prior to the first day of class).

  • Health and Wellness Status: Due to the demanding nature of the work in the health care field and Occupational Health and Safety requirements, the health care field has a strong focus on health and wellness. Students with a medical condition or disability that may impact them in a practicum setting are strongly advised to discuss concerns with the program academic chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Please review the attached document for guidance on entering an allied health program with a medical condition or disability.

More details on the practical requirements per program are outlined on a pre-orientation website for successful candidates.


Program Outline

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • This program is being reviewed and may undergo changes.
  • SAIT students are offered an opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills in an online environment. One or more courses in the Health Information Management program are offered fully or partially online.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ANPH-220 Anatomy and Applied Terminology 3.0
CDAB-210 Data Classification 1 3.0
COMP-264* MS Office Basics 1.5
HILA-200* Health Information Law 1 1.5
HRSC-210 Health Information Management 1 3.0
PATH-242* Pathophysiology 1 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0


Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CDAB-260 Data Classification 2 3.0
HCPP-260 Healthcare Software Application 3.0
HILA-250 Health Information Law 2 1.5
MEDT-250 Medical Terminology 2 1.5
PATH-252* Pathophysiology 2 3.0
PROF-240 Healthcare Professionalism 1.5
Semester 2 Total 13.5


Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PRAC-264 Practicum 1 3.0
Semester 3 Total 3.0
First Year Total 28.5

Second Year

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ANPR-300 Analysis & Presentation 1.5
CDAB-310 Data Classification 3 3.0
HCPP-310 Healthcare Database Design 1 1.5
HCPP-360 Healthcare Database Design 2 1.5
HRSC-320 Health Information Management 2 3.0
STAT-220 Statistics 3.0
Semester 4 Total 13.5

Semester 5

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CDAB-360 Data Classification 4 3.0
HCPP-350 MS Access Database Design 1.5
HCPP-370 Healthcare Data Queries  1.5
HCPP-380 Healthcare Project Management 1.5
QUAL-350 Quality Management 1.5
RSCH-355 Epidemiology & Research Design 1.5
Semester 5 Total 10.5


Semester 6

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PRAC-394 Practicum 2 6.0
Semester 6 Total 6.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0
* Available by correspondence and/or online learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Please contact the Academic Chair prior to enrolling in any online or correspondence courses.

Please be advised that full-time student status requires students to take 60 per cent of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by correspondence, a student may be considered a part-time student, which may impact his/her financial loan status.


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $4,235 $420 $523 $5,178
2 $4,033 $420 $523 $4,976

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $14,822 $420 $523 $15,765
2 $14,117 $420 $523 $15,060

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $260

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $665 per year.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Health and Public Safety