May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Health Information Management

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus)


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Our Health Information Management program trains you to handle personal health information responsibly and effectively. 

It is designed to equip you with the skills to manage and interpret health data, ensuring that the highest quality of information informs health services. 

Our program combines computer technology, healthcare knowledge and critical analysis skills. 

In this program, you will: 

  • learn to collect, record, review and transmit health information 
  • develop the ability to manage and interpret the information contained within health records 
  • become proficient in industry-specific software for health information management 
  • understand and apply national data standards in translating patient and medical records into usable data 
  • provide quality information for patient care, resource allocation, quality improvement, statistics and planning 
  • receive classroom instruction and laboratory practice to become a proficient health information management professional 
  • participate in practicum placements within established healthcare facilities. 

Instruction is tailored to meet the current demands of the healthcare industry. Your training is focused on preparing you for immediate employment in hospitals and other public healthcare settings. 

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to enter the workforce as a health information management professional, with employment opportunities in hospitals and organizations that manage health data where your expertise in managing critical health data is essential. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes


Health information management professionals tend to be methodical, innovative and directive. 

You need:  

  • self-motivation 
  • critical thinking 
  • attention to detail 
  • the ability to multitask and prioritize 
  • an eye for detail to ensure accuracy 
  • the ability to sit for long periods 
  • computer literacy, including accurately typing 30 words per minute (wpm). 

You should enjoy taking a step-by-step approach to compiling and sorting information, taking part in data quality controls, using information retrieval systems and responding to requests for information. 

You are strongly encouraged to refer to the ALIS website for career, learning, and employment information for health information management professionals to ensure you can successfully meet the occupational requirements for the program and profession.

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities


In this program, you will participate in two required practicum placements.

You will be assigned practicum placements with consideration given to your preference of location. However, due to limited availability in Calgary, it might be necessary for you to travel or relocate outside the city. Special considerations will not be accommodated.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, you will be required to provide specific documentation before you can participate in your practicum. Find out what requirements you need for this program. 

Accreditations, designations or certifications


This program is accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) and meets the learning outcomes for Health Information Management (LOHIM).  

Graduates are eligible to write the CCHIM national exam and obtain their Certified in Health Information Management (CHIM) designation. 

Credential


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be awarded a SAIT Health Information Management diploma.

Program length


2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible


This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG


This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers


Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education. 

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Health information management occupations (12111)
  • Records management technicians (12112)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada


All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents:

  • at least 60% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, and
  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, and
  • at least 60% in Biology 30.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada


All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline


The Health Information Management diploma requires 61.5 credits (25 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with three semesters each year. The third semester each year is your practicum placement. 

Suggested schedule of study


Progression


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies


Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

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

An Apple or Android laptop is preferred over other device types. Tablets and phones are not suitable.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. Booklists are created by semester and available approximately two weeks before classes begin.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

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

Other requirements

  • A fee is associated with obtaining a police information check, including a vulnerable sector check, payable to the police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
  • You must have your immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines you need to be administered will result in additional charges.
  • You are responsible for additional expenses related to your practicum, including pre-practicum requirements and relocation costs to practicum sites outside of Calgary.

Health and Public Safety program advising


For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School of Health and Public Safety.

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

Program outcomes


  1. Use effective written, verbal, and non-verbal communicationskills in all health information management practice settings.
  2. Demonstrate compassion and respect in all aspects of health information management practice.
  3. Adhere to legal and ethical requirements with personal and professional accountability and responsibility to ensure the protection and safety of practitioners, patients, and the public.
  4. Collaborate effectively within the interdisciplinary team to achieve a high standard of patient-centered care in all aspects of health information management practice.
  5. Use critical thinking skills and an evidence-based approach in all aspects of health information management practice to optimize patient care.
  6. Plan for participation in lifelong learning and continuing education to excel in personal and professional practice as a health information management professional.
  7. Create a community of knowledge sharing and professional pride through education and preceptorship of students, peers, and inter-professional team members.
  8. Demonstrate proficient use of technology to promote best practices in health information management.

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