Health Terminology Standards Certificate Program

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Learn the standardized language needed to share patient records in the growing world of web-based health communications

About the program

If you work in the healthcare industry 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. This program is intended to meet national and international needs for best practices in controlled terminologies used in the healthcare industry.

We need home-grown terminology experts to work on connecting the Canadian health care system. This program will help meet that need.
—Kelly Davison MN, MSc, RN, CPMHN(C), CTSS, Vancouver

The certificate program in Health Terminology Standards is 1-year, part-time program with four courses done through weekly online evening classes and a 2.5 day virtual workshop.

Once you have completed this program, you will:

  • be eligible for the Canadian College of Health Information Management Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential.
  • acquire knowledge and skills in terminology and interoperability standards used in health care
  • acquire knowledge and skills in the adoption and management of CT standards in health care organizations, spanning the entire CT lifecycle
  • apply knowledge and skills in the role, adoption and implementation of interoperability standards in organizations/jurisdictions, with an emphasis on the appropriate use of CTs in the standards and solution development lifecycles
  • conduct a terminology-related field project under the supervision of a faculty member in order to demonstrate your competencies in the use of CTs in health care organizations

There are two streams in the Health Terminology Standards Certificate program:

Admission requirements differ depending on the stream.  But otherwise the streams are the same in terms of courses, time commitment, and tuition.

What are the differences between the Graduate and Professional streams?

Graduate Certificate in Health Terminology Standards

The Graduate Certificate in Health Terminology Standards is an academic credit program for those who have completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an institution recognized by UVic or if you have a Health Information Management (HIM) diploma and 15+ years of relevant work experience. Courses taken for academic credit may be used in future graduate programs of study.

Application deadline: June 1st for September entry the same year

For application information, click here.

For tuition fees, click here.

Professional Certificate in Health Terminology Standards

The Professional Certificate in Health Terminology Standards is a non-academic-credit program for working professionals who have a Health Information Management (HIM) diploma and at least two years of relevant work experience. The Certificate is offered in partnership with the University of Victoria’s Division of Continuing Studies.

 

Application deadline: June 1st for September entry the same year

For application and tuition information, click here.

If you have additional questions about the streams, please contact htscoord@uvic.ca.