Health Systems Specialization (Part-time)
- Program Code:
- Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
About the ProgramThe 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 InformationAll courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements
How to ApplyStudents 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 www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo 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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- Outline the Canadian health care system and eHealth environment, and its standardized data, record-keeping, and the information flow that helps to ensure quality service.
- Describe the importance of information management, risk management and information governance while using appropriate terminology and concepts.
- Explain the purpose and fundamental concepts of the privacy legislation in Canada along with the Health Information Protection Act.
- Apply the minimum terminology standards for data analysis and interoperability currently being used in Canada.
- Use the interface display, structured documentation, coded terminology, and different approaches to terminology application to compile, sort and input information.
- Use appropriate techniques for information entry, filing, retrieval and prioritizing, in the area of clinical data, pathological data, consent information, inventory information and other records.
- Describe emerging information technologies for health care and their potential impact upon data integrity and work flow.
- Processes and manipulate health information in a confidential and safe manner, applying problem-solving, critical thinking, judgemental and advanced communication skills.
- Adhere to current legislation, professional standards and expectations in the health care community.
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|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Electives: Program Option|
Student must complete a minimum of 20 Hours
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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.
Description: The goal of the capstone 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 capstone 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.
The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
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.