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Health Information Management

Open for Fall 2021

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom or Online

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Winter 2021 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. Learn more

Overview

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.

Personal 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 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 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 placements to be outside the city of Calgary.

Is this the right fit for me?

  • 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.

Accreditation

Graduates of the Health Information Management program will be eligible to write the national certification exam with the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM). After successful completion of the national exam, individuals will become certified Health Information Management Professionals (CHIM) recognized by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA).

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Health Information Management diploma.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • health record administrator 
  • release of information specialist 
  • access and disclosure specialist  

Related careers include: 

  • administrative assistant 
  • health information technology specialist 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,753 
Year 2: $5,537

Year 1 (International): $18,309 
Year 2 (International): $17,499

Year 1: TBA 
Year 2: TBA

Year 1 (International): $18,479
Year 2 (International): $18,806

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, until Aug. 20, 2021.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 

How to apply

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Personal 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. 

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are accepted Oct. 7, 2020 until Aug. 20, 2021. 

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

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four 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: Apply to Health Information Management and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and monitor changes to your application status.

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 entrance requirements, 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:

  • Immunization Records
  • Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Health and Wellness Status

Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
CDAB-260 Data Classification II 3.0
HCPP-260 Healthcare Information Technology 3.0
HILA-250 Health Information Law II 1.5
MEDT-250 Medical Terminology II 1.5
PATH-252* Pathophysiology II 3.0
PROF-240 Healthcare Professionalism 1.5
Semester 2 Total 13.5

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
PRAC-264 Practicum I 3.0
Semester 3 Total 3.0
First Year Total 31.5

Second Year

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
ANPR-300 Analysis & Presentation 1.5
CDAB-310 Data Classification III 3.0
HCPP-300 Healthcare Database Design I 1.5
HRSC-320 Health Information Management II 3.0
STAT-220 Statistics 3.0
Semester 4 Total 13.5

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name Credit
CDAB-360 Data Classification IV 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 Code Course Name Credit
PRAC-394 Practicum II 6.0
Semester 6 Total 6.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 61.5
* 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% 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.

Progression

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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of New Brunswick, Saint John
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

To learn more, visit  Transfer Options.

Costs

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,531 $682 $288 $252 $5,753
2 $4,315 $682 $288 $252 $5,537

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $16,996 $682 $288 $344 $18,309
2 $16,186 $682 $288 $344 $17,499

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA
2 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,166 $682 $288 $344 $18,479
2 $17,493 $682 $288 $344 $18,806

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and Supplies*

  • Books, software, and supplies are approximately $1,600 each year.
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica including relocation Costs to practicum sites outside Calgary.
  • Canadian College of Health Information Management national exam fees are approximately $400
  • Canadian Health Information Management Association annual dues are approximately $30
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a police information check including Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

✅ Plan ahead ❗️

You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

Get started on pre-orientation requirements

Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Delivery 

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Other requirements

  • Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check Associated
  • Immunizations record
  • Health and Wellness Status 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8481
Email: hps.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Stacey Chaisson, Academic Chair
Email:  stacey.chaisson@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca

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