TERMINOLOGY STANDARDS CERTIFICATION

The Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) is the national credentialing body that establishes the requirements for the Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential. 

Terminology standards provide the foundation for clinical information sharing and effective communication in health care. Standardized terminologies are required to efficiently share patient records in the interoperable electronic health record and for management of the increasing volume of electronic health information. Examples of terminology standards used in Canada include SNOMED CT, LOINC/pCLOCD, and ICD-10-CA/CCI. 

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ELIGIBILITY

Candidates must be a graduate from a CCHIM-accredited Terminology Standards program to be eligible to apply for the Terminology Standards certification.

APPLICATION DATES 

DATES

FEES*

On or before September 27, 2019

Early Applicant $199+tax

September 28, 2019 - October 18, 2019

Regular $349 +tax

*This fee covers the CTSS registration and administrative processes. For eligible candidates, a congratulatory CHIMA 'Certified' membership will be issued until the next renewal period (end of February each fiscal year). 

4-STEP PROCESS

1. REGISTER AND SUBMIT PAYMENT FOR THE CTSS CREDENTIAL

Questions about registration and payment can be e-mailed to: exam@echima.ca

2. CONFIRMATION EMAIL

Upon completion of registration, applicants will receive three emails:

  • Receipt of payment
  • Summary of the registration
  • Confirmation of the registration

Please review the Confirmation of the registration email carefully for further information. Note: if a candidate does not receive a confirmation, check to ensure it didn't get flagged in a junk folder.


3. VERIFICATION OF CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY

CCHIM's registrar verifies each candidate's graduation status from their CCHIM-approved Terminology Standards program.

4. NOTIFICATION OF CERTIFICATION

Candidates who are approved by CCHIM's registrar will be sent notification as follows: 

  • Candidates who have been approved will receive a package including: a CCHIM certificate, and a CHIMA ‘welcome and congratulations’ letter
  • Candidates who have not been approved will be notified via e-mail

MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION

To maintain the CTSS credential, the following requirements must be met: 

  1. An active certified CHIMA membership;
  2. Adherence to the 'CHIMA Code of Ethics'; AND
  3. Applicable number of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits

Questions about CPE credits can be e-mailed to: general@echima.ca 

CCHIM-ACCREDITED PROGRAM

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE: UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

The University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada is the CCHIM-accredited university for delivering terminology standards. In order to apply for CCHIM Terminology Standards Certification and gain the CTSS credential, you must have successfully graduated from this program.

The program is constructed to be convenient for working professionals. This one-year, part-time, online program was built for professionals working in the health sector and is intended to help meet national and international needs for best practices in controlled terminologies used in the health industry. This program provides the standardized language needed to efficiently share patient records in a web-based environment and manage the growing volume of electronic health data.

Admission requirements for the Health Terminology Standards Program include one of the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree in a health or information technology related field; OR 
  • Diploma in a health or information technology related field (i.e. CHIM) plus fifteen (15) years related experience or demonstrate relevant professional expertise; OR
  • Applicants currently enrolled as graduate students in the University of Victoria Master of Science in Health Informatics or Master of Nursing 

All applicants must satisfy all regular admissions requirements of the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Graduate Studies.

For additional details on the admission requirements, course outlines, and delivery methods can be found on the University of Victoria website. Find out more here: https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/hinf/graduate/certificate/index.php

For more information on the Health Terminology Standards Program through the University of Victoria, please contact Dr. Francis Lau at fylau@uvic.ca

Application Deadline: May 1st each year 

Program Start: September of the same year 

  

Last Updated: July 5, 2019

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