Health Information

Health Information Management Program (Four-Year Stream)

Accessible, affordable, practical online healthcare education

Delivered in partnership with Algonquin College

Applications for the September 2021 intake are now closed.

CHA Learning is transitioning its program to a continuous enrolment model. Please visit our new webpage.



Health Information Management is a growing profession, positively impacting the availability of high quality health data and information to support the effectiveness of the Canadian health system.

Accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) and recognized by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA), the Health Information Management (HIM) program prepares students for roles in health information collection, clinical coding, analysis and reporting, release of information, privacy, electronic records development and management, among others.

Graduates of the program are eligible to write the CHIMA national certification examination.

Health Information Management Four-Year Program Overview

  • 4 academic years with 8 semesters (2 semesters per year)
  • 2-3 courses per semester
  • 0-2 practicums per semester
    • Total of 350 hours/10 weeks over the course of the program
    • First practicum in Year Two, Semester One
  • 10-20 hours of study per week
  • A two-year study stream is also available for those who wish to complete the program more quickly

Who should take this Health Information Management program?

This program is designed for those who have experience in healthcare or the health sciences, and who wish to pursue a career in health information management. This program may also open to experienced professionals from outside the healthcare sector.

Learning outcomes

The HIM program is a comprehensive course of study that prepares HIM professionals in all domains of practice. Learners will complete 2-3 courses concurrently per semester, plus practicums (starting in Year Two). Please see the Curriculum section for a detailed description of all courses in the HIM program, and an overview of learning outcomes.


MBNU Chapter Student Bursary ($250)

  • Awarded annually to a graduating student residing in Manitoba who has the highest academic standing, is a CHIMA student member and belongs to the Manitoba Nunavut Territory (MBNU) Chapter of CHIMA.
  • Donor: The Manitoba Nunavut Territory (MBNU) Chapter of CHIMA

Click here to read more about our student awards program


 Jessica Schierbeck MPA, BHA, CHIMAbout
 Margaret Penchoff, BA, BHIM, CHIMAbout
 Carolyn GenserAbout
 Dr. Dave LudwickAbout
 Gillian MartinAbout
 Christina Cole, MTM, B.Tech, CBET (c), CETAbout
 Lynn Cartan, PMP, CHIMAbout


To be successful in the Health Information Management program, students must meet the following requirements.

Required Documentation for Admission

Admission into the HIM program requires a complete online application package. Partial applications will not be accepted.

When your application fee has been processed (5-7 business days after payment), you will receive an email asking for the following documents:

HIM Application Checklist


  • Transcripts from all institutions attended that show evidence of admission requirements. If post-secondary transcripts show all required academic prerequisites, the secondary transcript is not required.
  • Must show completion, at a minimum:
    • An English course at minimum grade 12 level; and
    • A science course at the minimum grade 12 level; and
    • A math OR statistics course at the minimum grade 12 level.
  • Academic Upgrading: If you do not meet the academic prerequisites listed above, you may be eligible to complete the following equivalent online courses offered through Algonquin College and CHA Learning:
  • Note: only education completed within Canada or its equivalent will be considered
    • If you completed your education outside of Canada, you must verify and validate the education through services such as the World Education Services. Prospective students may also contact their local college or university for more information on credential evaluation services.


Students must be proficient in English (reading, writing and speaking).

All applicants who do not have a minimum of Canadian grade 12 English or equivalent must prove English proficiency, at or above the following standards:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) within a minimum 70 overall band
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet Based Testing (IBT) with a minimum score in the following sections:
    • Writing: 24
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 20
    • Speaking: 25
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) with a score of 8 in all sections
  • International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) Academic Testing minimum bands in the following sections:
    • Writing: 7
    • Academic Reading: 7
    • Listening: 6
    • Speaking: 6

Letter of Intent

A 500-word letter describing:

  • your interest in the field of HIM and this program,
  • why you are a good fit for the field,
  • why you will be successful in our program,
  • anything else we should know that makes you a strong candidate.

Professional resume

  • Demonstrating evidence of healthcare work experience (whether present-day or previous; may be unpaid experience)
    • Healthcare experience is strongly preferred. Other professional experience will be considered only if the applicant has post-secondary training and sufficient experience deemed to be transferrable. In this case, the applicant must use the PLAR application.

Recommendation letters (2)

  • Two recent professional or academic letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to succeed in a healthcare profession, the field of HIM, and in an online academic program. These letters must be must be written by someone who has supervised or evaluated you in a professional or academic setting. Personal references will not be accepted.

Practicum Site Confirmation: NEW FOR 2021 – NO LONGER REQUIRED

  • Starting with the 2021 intake, confirmation of practicum site is no longer required for admission. It is still strongly recommended that applicants secure an on-site practicum on their own, as practicums are not arranged by CHA Learning. However, those who are unable to secure an in-person practicum will be able to complete internal alternative projects. Fees and restrictions apply.

Part-time students do not have practicums until year two of the program. As such, you do not need to arrange a practicum site until year two.

 PLAR Applications (Optional)

Applicants with previous academic experience that matches courses in the HIM curriculum may apply for course exemptions.

Applicants who do not meet the healthcare experience requirements may have their post-secondary education and other professional experience considered.

To have your prior learning and/or professional experience considered by CHA Learning, the following must be submitted in addition to the application documents listed above:



The $195.00 PLAR fee is required for review of your previous education and work experience. The cost includes the application fee.


PLAR Application Form 

PLAR Application Form



You must provide a transcript showing successful completion of the courses you are requesting exemptions from, including the final grade.


Course Descriptions and/or Syllabus

Provide information pertaining to:

    1. Must show the school and program in which the courses were taken
    2. Detailed information about all topics and units studied within the course, including weekly outline if available
    3. Course evaluation format (exams, assignments, projects etc.)
    4. The number of course hours, if applicable

McMaster University

Graduates of the McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education’s Health Information Management certificate and diploma may be eligible for exemptions from CHA Learning’s HIM program. Active students in McMaster’s Diploma PLUS program may take CHA Learning’s coding courses (prerequisites required). Please contact us for more details.

Student CHIMA Membership

The HIM program requires students to purchase a study membership for CHIMA (approx. $35). This will grant you access to the CHIMA site and many important professional resources. CHA Learning will provide sign-up details at the beginning of the program.



Students must have basic computer knowledge and internet navigation skills; and access to a computer with Windows 7 or higher.

Please note:

  • Students choosing to use Mac or Linux operating system must have experience using alternate remote access software.
  • CHA Learning staff can only assist Windows operating system users and provide technical support in relation to our website; we do not provide technical support for internet and/or basic computer use.

Other technical requirements:

CHA Learning Technical Requirements
Screen Resolution800×600 (minimum); 1024×768 (recommended)
Internet BrowsersThe most recent version of one of the following:

Google Chrome
Microsoft Edge
Plug-insPop-up blocker: disabled
Java Script: Enabled
Cookies: Enabled
Internet Connection Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required
SoftwareWord processing software, Adobe Reader
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint or equivalent
(note: those using Apple software must be able to save files in Office formats where required (i.e.: .doc,)

Application Process

Applying for the HIM program begins with submitting an application fee.

Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Purchase an application fee
  2. You have two options for applying:
    • A standard application ($95 for Canadian students, and $150 for international students), or
    • A PLAR application ($195 for all applicants—see below for information about PLAR)
  1. Create an account if you are new to CHA Learning, or sign in to your existing account
  2. Complete the Billing Information page
  3. Enter your payment information, accept the terms and conditions, and make your payment
  4. Within seven business days, you will receive an email with instructions for uploading your application documents
  5. After submission a formal review of your application will be completed within 3 – 4 weeks

Application fees are non-refundable.

PLAR Applications

Applicants with academic or employment experiences in the following areas may be eligible for exemptions, and therefore are encouraged to use the PLAR application.


Students are provided a final grade for each course taken.

Each course in the program includes assignments, discussions, a mid-term and a final exam.

Practicums form a mandatory component of the program. Students are marked on a pass/fail basis for this requirement.

To receive a program certificate, students must:

  • Complete all practicums
  • Achieve 50% on each section of their final examinations
  • Pass each course with 50% and program overall with 60% 

Health Information Management Program Certificate

Students receive a program certificate in Health Information Management issued jointly by CHA Learning and Algonquin College upon successful completion of all program components


Graduates of the Health Information Management program are eligible for credits toward the Bachelor of Health Administration degree at Athabasca University.

Graduates of the Health Information Management program are eligible to apply to the degree completion Bachelor of Health Administration program at Ryerson University. There are two available streams for this program:

Graduates of the CHA Learning HIM program are also eligible for transfer credits into the McMaster University HIM program.


Tuition rates differ depending on the number of courses being taken in each semester. International fees apply.

Please note:

  • Students who apply by May 10, 2021 are accepted, and pay tuition by June 10, 2021 are eligible for a $100 discount off tuition costs.
  • Students who receive Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) exempting them from multiple courses in a single semester may be eligible to pay a reduced tuition price. Contact for more information.

Part-time Program (2+ courses per semester)

  • $1,255 per semester for Canadians
  • $1,455 per semester for International Students, plus additional resource fees

Textbooks and resources cost approximately $1,500 for Canadian students (for the whole program); shipping, handling and taxes will be added to the cost for international students.

Please note: due to inflation, the prices listed above may increase year over year.

All prices listed above are in CAD.

Additional Fees:

  • $50 administrative fee for field placement clearance service (review of proof of immunization and police record check)
    • Additional $25 administrative fee for subsequent submissions to the field placement clearance service (if files were missing or uploaded incorrectly)
  • Any additional costs associated with gathering a police record check (varies by region)
  • Practicum alternative projects (optional for those who do not have an in-person practicum site) carry a $100 per practicum fee.


The Health Information Management program runs on an academic cycle, with semesters running from September-December, and January-May.

Courses are only available once per academic cycle and must be completed in the following order. Course loads cannot be customized.

Health Information Management Program Outcomes

Please review the Program Outcomes document for more details

Year One

Semester One

Semester Two

101 Anatomy and Physiology201 Anatomy and Physiology
102 Medical Terminology 202 Medical Terminology
103 Pathophysiology203 Pathophysiology

Year Two

Semester One

Semester Two

104 Introduction to Health Information Management 204 Health Information Management
105 Healthcare in Canada207 Health Law
150 Practicum (35 hours)210 Coding
250 Practicum (35 hours)
252 Practicum (35 hours)

Year Three

Semester One

Semester Two

310 Coding 414 Management of Health Information Services
311 Research Methods and Design415 Principles of Health Service Management
312 Healthcare Statistics 350 Practicum (35 hours) - Coding
255 Practicum (70 hours) - Coding

Year Four

Semester One

Semester Two

304 Introduction to Data Analysis404 Advanced Data Analysis
308 Epidemiology410 Coding
309 Quality Management 413 Health Informatics
450 Practicum (35 hours)455 Practicum (70 hours) - Coding
452 Practicum (35 hours)




The practicum component is a mandatory part of the HIM program. Please note that students in the four-year stream do not have practicums until year two of the program.

Important to note

Successful applicants will be required to submit vaccination requirements and a police record check prior to their practicum placements in their second year. Beginning with the September 2020 HIM program intake, students will be required to submit their vaccine and criminal record documentation through a reputable and verified external agency that also works with Algonquin College. CHA Learning will no longer collect these documents directly from students. Please do not acquire these documents until we ask you. Please note that there will be fees associated with this service (approximately $50 plus any costs associated with gathering documentation). CHA Learning will provide information to students accepted into the program about how to proceed with this step at the appropriate time.

Important Dates

The following information is specific to the 2021-2022 academic year.

May 10 2021Early Application Deadline: Guarantees we will be able to review your application in time for you to be eligible for the early-bird payment deadline
June 10 2021Early Admission Payment Deadline - $100 early bird discount applied to tuition payments made by this date
July 19 2021Application Fee Payment Deadline
July 6 2021Textbook Orders Open
July 23 2021Tuition Payment Deadline (late fee applied to payments received after this date)
July 31 2021Application Submission Deadline
August 2 2021Latest possible date to submit application documents with a late tuition payment fee
August 6 2021Textbook Order Deadline
September 1 2021 Academic year and Fall Semester begins
September 15, 2021Deadline to submit health forms and police check to a third party reviewer
November 25 2021Tuition deadline for winter semester, late fee applied to payments received after this date
Early December 2021Semester One Final Examinations
January 4, 2022Winter Semester begins
Early May 2022Semester Two Final Examinations
May 31 2022Academic Year Officially Ends (practicums may continue)