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Health Systems Specialization (Part-time)

Program Code:
Health & Life Sciences

About the Program

The Health Systems Specialization, College Certificate prepares students for the rapidly changing workplace of healthcare by providing training on how to better understand, utilize, and prepare for sophisticated technological applications and emerging practices. Students will be exposed to the current technology to analyze and solve health care problems. Students will learn how to handle challenges and issues using their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, that arise in the workplace when records are incomplete, inaccurate or missing required data fields. Students will use scenario-based learning to experience consequences related to non-compliance issues. Following successful completion of the four-core courses, students will have the opportunity to choose an opportunity to complete a placement or a capstone project.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
HIM1150 Introduction to Health Information
Description: This course will expose students to the health information management (HIM) role in a health care setting. Students will understand the importance of data quality and accuracy, and how this can affect the data flow throughout the health care system. Students will be exposed to the data quality dimensions, which will enable them to identify necessary improvements for the Canadian health care system.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
HIM1160 Introduction to Electronic Health Delivery
Description: This course provides a foundation to the technical aspects in health care. Students will understand how and when to use technical terminology. Students will understand security risks/threats and will enable them to identify basic countermeasures. Students will learn about cloud based services and resources. Given the rapid pace of technological change, students will discuss how the information management technology is evolving and the near future applications that will become available in their lifetime. By the end of the course, developed skills will enable the student to demonstrate how to use technology in an effective and secure manner.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
HIM1170 Introduction to Data Management
Description: Students will develop an understanding of how data-driven decision making can help their organization make better informed choices. Students will also have an understanding of the current role of an health office administrator and how this role will evolve in the future with new technology being introduced to health care fields. Students will be expected to illustrate possible changes in work flows that emerge with new implementations in the health care system. Students will acknowledge that information must be managed and governed while maintaining confidentiality of patient information and ensuring patients are receiving highest patient care.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
HIM1180 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking in Health Care
Description: This course will allow enrolled students to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills related to Health Information such as: information entry, management, access and flow in health care. Students will be encouraged to think critically to solve challenging scenario-based problems through a variety of tools. Students will be exposed to LEAN and process improvement methodologies and understand the importance of applying these models in the health care field.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 20 Hours
Select from the list below
FPLT1110 Field Placement (Health Systems Specialization)

Description: The goal of the practicum placement is to provide students with the opportunity to observe how the acquired theory and skills to this program are applied in a health care setting. While each practicum will be different, the experience will link directly to the core program outcomes. Students will be expected to write and reflect on their experience and knowledge gained prior to and after their practicum placement.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1

HIM1190 Knowledge Integration Project

Description: The goal of the Knowledge Intergration Project is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the acquired theory and skills to a practical problem based on an actual problem from the field of health information specialization. While each project will be different, the case will link directly to the core program outcomes. Students will be expected to apply their learning to this real-life scenario in order to demonstrate competence with the program outcomes.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: HIM1180



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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

For more information, contact: Fidelia Otokhina,, 519-748-5220 ext. 2240

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