In fall 2014 the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria (UVic) took part in a national advisory group to define the competencies and curricular content for a new health terminology standards certification program. The group was convened by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM), Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) and Canada Health Infoway, and included interested educational institutions, professional associations, government agencies, health organizations and the private sector. The group produced a Canadian Standards Certification Program Curricular Content draft document in December 2015 which underwent public consultation and was adopted by CCHIM/CHIMA in spring 2016.
In summer 2016 the School responded to a call by CCHIM/CHIMA to develop a certificate program based on this curriculum content in partnership with eHealth Ontario, Gevity Consulting and RKL Health Informatics. What emerged is a 1-year graduate level certificate program with four online courses and a 2.5 day in-person workshop. The certificate program was approved by UVic Senate in early 2017 and received an initial 2-year accreditation from CCHIM/CHIMA. More information about the CCHIM/CHIMA accreditation of this certificate program can be found on the CHIMA website – see link below https://www.echima.ca/cchim/terminology-standards-certification.
The School began enrollment for this program in spring 2018 and the first cohort of 10 students began in September 2018 and are close to half way through the program. When they complete the program in August 2019 they will be eligible to write the CCHIM/CHIMA Terminology Standards Specialty Certification examination, which is scheduled for the last week of September 2019. For more detail about the program and admission requirements see the School website via https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/hinf/graduate/certificate/index.php
The CCHIM/CHIMA-accredited Health Terminology Standards Graduate Certificate Program is now accepting applications for its fall 2019 cohort.
This Certificate is offered by the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria in partnership with eHealth Ontario, Gevity Consulting and RKL Health Informatics. If you work in the health sector and are involved with or have an interest in health terminologies, interoperable electronic health record, and clinical coding and classification, then this Certificate is for you. To apply, you need to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. If you have a HIM diploma and relevant experience you are also encouraged to apply for admission considerations.
Graduates of this Program are eligible for CCHIM/CHIMA Terminology Standards Specialty Certification.
The application deadline is May 1 for Sep 1 entry the same year.
For more info contact Dr. Francis Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org
or see https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/hinf/graduate/certificate/index.php