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If you work in the health industry and are involved with or have an interest in health terminologies, interoperable electronic health records, and clinical coding and classification, then this certificate is for you. The program is intended to meet national and international needs for best practices in controlled terminologies used in the health industry. The flexibility of this program allows you to maintain your own lifestyle while you learn valuable knowledge and skills. Acquiring this certificate will build your confidence so you can contribute to creating a better health care environment for Canadians. 

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Program description

The Health Terminology Standards program is a one-year, part-time, online non-credit offering for those who work in the health industry and are involved with or have an interest in health terminologies, interoperable electronic health records, and clinical coding and classification.

If you have a health information management diploma and at least two years of experience, you are eligible to apply to the program. After graduation from the program, you are eligible for the Canadian College of Health Information Management Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential. 

The program includes four courses offered through weekly online evening classes and a virtual workshop completed over two-and-a-half days.

You must complete this program within five years of admission.

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Program features

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Short
1-year program

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Online
Weekly online evening classes and a 2.5-day virtual workshop

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Accessible
Accessible to those without an undergraduate degree

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Eligible for specialist certification
Graduates are eligible for the Canadian College of Health Information Management Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential

Program outcomes

As a graduate of the program, you will:

  • 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

Who is this program for?

This program is for working professionals who have a health information management diploma and at least two years of experience.

Courses and fees

Health Information Standards (HINF535) is the first course to be taken in the program and is required for all other program courses. Field Project in Health Informatics (HINF597) is the last course in the certificate program and must follow Health Information Standards (HINF535) and Controlled Terminology Standards (HINF536). Field Project in Health Informatics (HINF597) may be taken concurrently with Health Information Exchange Standards (HINF537).

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Program planning

The four courses are offered across different terms. Please see the anticipated course schedule.

Graduation information

When you have completed the four required courses, please contact hspradmin@uvic.ca to receive your Professional Development Certificate in Health Terminology Standards. We will provide you with an electronic format.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Application fee $150.00
HINF535: Health Information Standards $1,750.05
HINF536: Controlled Terminology Standards $1,750.05
HINF537: Health Information Exchange Standards $1,750.05
HINF597: Field Project in Health Informatics $1,750.05
Estimated Total $7,150.20*
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Note: For international students, the cost is $1,998.63 per course.

Application information

Admission requirements

You are eligible to apply to the program if you have a health information management diploma and at least two years of experience.

You must have the equivalent of a minimum "B" average over the last two years of your most recent post-secondary degree/diploma.

Language proficiency

Most classes at UVic are taught in English.

You must provide proof that you are proficient in the English language to attend UVic.

You are exempt from this requirement if:

  • English is your primary language
  • you have spent the last three years before coming to UVic in an English-speaking country
  • you have a degree from a designated English-speaking country
  • you have a degree from a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English

We accept three language tests as proof of language proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS or MET. Official test score reports must be sent directly to UVic by the testing agency. We cannot accept test scores more than two years old.

Minimum test scores

Note: individual departments may set a higher standard for minimum test scores.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    We require a minimum score of 90 from the internet-based TOEFL (IBT). You must also score at least 20 points each in the listening, speaking, reading and writing sections.
    UVic's TOEFL institution code is 0989.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    We require minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS. No individual component can have a score lower than 6.0. We will only accept results from the Academic IELTS.
  • MET (Michigan English Test)
    A score of 64 on the MET will be accepted as proof of English proficiency.

Note: you may submit unofficial test score reports as part of your application. If you submit unofficial test score results, your application will be reviewed and you may be offered program admission pending submission of official test score results.

How to apply

To apply, you must complete an online application for the Professional Development Certificate in Health Terminology Standards. Click the "Apply Online" button below.

We will begin evaluating your file based on the unofficial documents you upload with your online application. If we offer you admission to a program, you must submit official documents to receive a final offer of admission.

How do I submit my documents?

You must upload your unofficial documents when you apply. Unofficial documents include:

  • unofficial transcripts from all institutions you have attended (including UVic)
  • a copy of your CV/resume
  • any other individual program requirements

After you complete the online application, you will receive a confirmation email.

If we make you an offer of admission, we need your final official transcripts. These should be sent directly to the Division of Continuing Studies, University of Victoria – Attn: Susy Torres. We will accept official transcripts sent by students or dropped off in person as long as they are in a sealed/endorsed envelope.

We will also accept transcripts electronically via a secure digital transcript service or emailed directly from the issuing institution (in PDF format) from a verifiable institutional email address. Electronic transcripts should be sent to hspradmin@uvic.ca.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts

You must upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions which you have attended.

Unofficial transcripts include:

  • photocopies which have not been endorsed as true copies by the issuing institution
  • transcripts which have been opened or which arrive without a sealed envelope
  • transcripts which have not been endorsed by the issuing institution
  • transcripts received electronically from the student

Official transcripts

We cannot provide a full offer of admission without the required official documents. If we require official documents, they'll be listed in your program acceptance email.

Official transcripts and degree certificates are those which arrive in sealed envelopes. They must be endorsed by the home university (by signature, seal or chop over the closure).

Official transcripts and/or confirmation of degree can also be received electronically. To be considered official, documents must be received via a secure digital transcript service or emailed directly from the issuing institution (in PDF format) from a verifiable institutional email address.

Certified photocopies are acceptable if they are endorsed by the issuing university. They must be sent in a sealed, endorsed envelope.

Official documents will not be returned. They become the property of the University of Victoria. If your originals are irreplaceable, you should submit copies for evaluation purposes. You must be able to provide the originals for comparison. Do not send official documents until all of your course work is complete and your degree is conferred.

Translations

If your academic records are in a language other than English, they must be:

  • issued in their original language
  • accompanied by certified English translations

If the institution you attended cannot translate the documents into English, you must find a certified translator. They must provide us with translations and copies of the original documents. English translations must be literal translations of the original documents.

English translations of French language transcripts from Canadian institutions are not required.

Additional requirements for applications from Indian institutions

  • We require official copies of semester-wise statements of marks/marksheets for all years and a degree certificate. Official provisional certificates are acceptable if you graduated within the last three years and cannot obtain a degree certificate.
  • We must receive marks sheets and degrees directly from the university or institution that issued the degree. They cannot be from an affiliated college.
  • We do not accept consolidated or American-style mark sheets/transcripts, unless your institution does not provide semester-wise marksheets.

Additional requirements for applicants from Chinese institutions

We require an official transcript and a verified or certified copy of the official degree certificate. Degree certificates must indicate the date the degree was awarded.

 

Application dates

Starting in
September 2023
Availability
Accepting Applications
Apply by
June 1, 2023
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