Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation, so health information technology specialists may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Prior to enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.
HIT specialists typically require an undergraduate degree, or a technical diploma and previous work experience, in a field related to computer science, information technology, management, social sciences, health sciences, or business.
Professional certification for HIT specialists is available through COACH: Canada's Health Informatics Association. To earn Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems-Canada (CPHIMS-CA) certification, candidates must pass the CPHIMS and Canadian Supplemental exams. Before writing the exams, candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree plus five years of associated experience, including three years in health informatics, or a graduate degree plus three years of associated experience, including two years in health informatics.
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