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For the fiscal year 2022/23, the success rate of CD-ED first time challengers of the HIM National Certification Exam was 91%. 

Get the Skills to Be an HIM Specialist

Online HIM program
Health Information Management Diploma graduates enjoy a place in one of today’s fastest growing careers

Full-Time or Part-Time Online Health Information Management Program

The Centre for Distance Education offers a complete professional Health Information Management Diploma program designed to give you the skills, experience and certification it takes to launch a successful career, with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Unlike other schools that have lengthy wait lists, our programs start monthly. That means you can start your career as soon as possible!

Interested to start training as a HIM Specialist but don’t feel like you can commit to a full-time program? You’re in luck — the Centre for Distance Education (CD-ED) has launched a part-time option of the program so that you can get the training you need to pursue a fulfilling career as an HIM professional.

Whether you’re looking for an online Health Information Management program in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, or anywhere else in Canada, CD-ED’s online HIM classes will ensure that you receive a high-quality education that meets your needs.

2021 CHIMA Graduating Student of the Year

This year’s CHIMA Graduating Student of the Year Award has been awarded to CD-ED HIM student Shaminder Parmar! The association gives this award to the student who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to the values of Health Information Management and CHIMA. Congratulations!

“I chose the HIM program at CD-ED as I wanted to further my education in health care and technology, and CD-ED’s curriculum and distance learning option were a perfect fit. It has been an incredible journey completing this program, and I have gained a great deal of knowledge and experience. The CD-ED instructors provided me with exceptional guidance, expertise, and support. I am excited about graduating, and I am confident that my education will support me in my future endeavors.”
Shaminder Parmar

Health Information Management Program Highlights

  • 1st Health Information Management Program in Canada available entirely online!
  •  Excellent gateway program  for individuals not currently working in healthcare
  • Only program that includes CHIMA membership and covers the cost of the certification exam
  • There are no wait lists – program start on a monthly basis

What Do HIMs Do?

  • Contribute to healthcare delivery as members of the healthcare team
  • Manage health information services in health facilities
  • Prepare, analyse and present health information for use in health care delivery
  • May specialize in areas such as research, management, quality improvement, risk analysis, clinical trials and clinical-financial resource integration
CD-ED Student, Pallavi Mathur, describes the roles of an HIM professional.
CD-ED Faculty describe what you will learn in the HIM program

Health Information Management Career Outlook – HIMs in High Demand:

“An additional 6,200 – 12,200 health informatics (HI) and health information management (HIM) professionals, including 70% in IT and HIM roles, will be needed in Canadian healthcare over the next five years due to replacement and growth demand.”
– Health Informatics and Health Information Management Resources Outlook 2014 – 2019


The average salary range for Health Information Management professionals is:

  • $20 – $32/hour

Salary may vary depending on experience level and location.

I can honestly attest that I have applied the skills, knowledge and wisdom I have gained so far in the HIM program at CD-ED every single day of my professional HIM journey.I believe in and give credit to the instructors who I cannot stress more are truly experts in their fields. It makes a significant difference because they are able to provide students with the curriculum, skill sets and knowledge which they know are necessary in the HIM field.
Santrina Cerquozzi, HIM Graduate

How Does Online Health Information Management Diploma Training Work?

With CD-ED’s online education, you’ll train from the comfort of home, but you’re far from on your own. The experienced CD-ED instructors and support staff take a personal interest in each student’s progress. You’ll have one-on-one support via email, chat, online classroom, webinars and toll-free phone calls.

As a CD-ED student you still have all the benefits of attending a tradition college including practical on-the-job work experience in a real HIM employment setting and ongoing Career Placement Assistance, without the costly commute and ridgid classroom schedule.

In the full-time option, you will be required to devote 25 hours/week (30 recommended) to your HIM course work, with the part-time requiring a minimum of 15 hours/week to complete the program within 3 years. Following these guidelines will qualify you to start a rewarding professional career in Health Information Management.

Meet one of our HIM graduates, Grace, and hear about what she has to share about her experience!

Is Online Career Training Right for You? Take the Centre for Distance Education “Online Career Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Online Career Training Readiness score now >>

The Centre for Distance Education’s Health Information Management Diploma Program offers an Informatics Course, helping you stay up to date as technologies shift.

With the increased use of electronic health records, there is an increased need for sophisticated systems to manage the information based on sound HIM principles. The data from these systems is used for everything from assisting in providing direct patient care at the bedside to aggregating data to create public health policy and manage the entire health system. The technology supports the processes; the HIM professional manages the information. Therefore, as an HIM professional, you need a strong foundation of technical knowledge.

Informatics is the ability to apply information technology to create and use data. This system allows individuals to fully realize the benefits of electronic health information.  Stay ahead of the game!

I was adequately prepared to take advantage of the early-testing option for the National Certification Examination and I passed it. Since completion of the program, I have started a rewarding professional career in Health Information Management. Along with the exceptional education received at CD-ED, I gained valuable practical experiences and professional connections through the required professional practices. Thanks to the hard working, understanding and dedicated coordinators at CD-ED. I would strongly recommend this program to anybody.
Valerie Salmon Layor
Valerie Salmon, HIM Graduate

Program Curriculum

25 hrs/wk, 102 Weeks, 2550 Hours

HoursCourse Subject
220Health Information Management I
220Health Data Classification I 
202.5Anatomy & Physiology
35Medical Terminology
15HIT – Windows 10
20HIT – MS Word
25HIT – MS PowerPoint
45HIT – MS Excel
40HIT – MS Access
75Health Informatics
150Practicum I
50Basic College Math
265Health Information Management II
80Health Information Law
130Health Data Classification II
80Canadian Healthcare System
50Ethics in Health Care
50Business Communications
110Research Project
90Leadership and Management
105Synthesis Project
10Occupational Health & Safety
150Practicum II


15 hrs/wk, 156 Weeks, 2340 Hours

HoursCourse Subject
50Business College Math
35Medical Terminology
15HIT – Windows 10
20HIT – MS Word
25HIT – MS PowerPoint
35HIT – MS Excel
40HIT – MS Access
200Anatomy & Physiology
50Business Communications
95Leadership and Management
205Health Information Management
205Health Data Classification I
70Canadian Healthcare System
50Ethics in Health Care
10Occupational Health & Safety
50Ethics in Health Care
10Occupational Health & Safety
90Practicum I
255Health Information Management II
125Health Data Classification II
75Health Information Law
80Health Informatics
90Research Project
90Practicum II
105Synthesis Project

The best way to see if the Centre for Distance Education is right for you is to contact an Education Consultant. Get more information about career opportunities, our programs, and financial aid options. Get more info now >>

Required For Enrollment: All applicants must have a High School Diploma with Grade 12 English, Math and Science prior to enrollment. For any questions about eligibility, please call 1-866-446-5898 to speak with a knowledgeable CD-ED Education Consultant.

Online HIM ProgramSuccessful graduates of the CD-ED Health Information Management Diploma program are prepared to challenge the CHIMA National Certification Exam and use the CHIM credential recognized nationally.

Why Certification?

Upon successful completion of the CHIMA national examination, you will be eligible to use the following:

  • Professional credential – CHIM
  • Professional title – Certified HIM Professional

Graduation from an online HIM program does not mean you are an HIM professional. If you do not successfully challenge the CHIMA national examination, you are not an HIM professional and can not use the CHIM credential or HIM title. CHIM is protected as the college credential and HIM™ is trademarked by CHIMA.

Not all programs include certification.  Protect yourself!  When looking at HIM training, make sure to guarantee that the program will prepare you to successfully achieve certification in order to work in this industry.

The best institute for professional studies. This is really difficult to sum up all the good aspects of this college in a small paragraph. The HIM diploma is so well designed. The head of the HIM program and all other instructors are amazing and very supportive. The administrative staff is so professional at handling the queries. During my study period I had a wonderful experience overall. Thank you Cd-Ed for everything! I highly recommend this college for online programs.
Ayesha Khanum

Get Your Certification and Association Memberships Paid For – So You Can Start Working Right Away

The Health Information Management online program at CD-ED takes students from ground zero (little or no experience) to HIM professional. We enroll HIM students as members with CHIMA and, most importantly, fully prepare (we have a mock certification exam to assist you) and pay for you to write the certification examination at the end of your program. You can not work as a HIM professional without a pass in this exam.

Emerging Technology Creates Huge Demand for HIM Professionals

The health industry throughout North America is at risk of a serious Health Information Management labour shortage. A 2014 Health Informatics (HI) and HIM Human Resources report identified that an additional 6,200-12,200 HI and HIM professionals will be needed by 2019.

The future of healthcare is paperless, electronic records. As a result of this trend, new HIM career opportunities are emerging including content compliance, information management, business analysis, quality management, education and training. This is an exciting time for individuals involved in Health Information Management, and a promising time for individuals looking to get started in a rewarding career with a future.

Is a Rewarding Career in Health Information Management Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Health Information Management, and exploring whether Online Learning with CD-ED is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information or take our online training readiness quiz!

A helpful CD-ED Education Consultant will be happy to answer any questions and can help with everything from career paths to financial aid.

For immediate questions, give us a call at 1-866-446-5898