Enable effective communication in health care, assist with electronic health record systems, and provide consistency to a fast-paced and evolving industry.
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.
|Application deadline||2020 pricing*|
|November 30, 2020 — re-opening soon||$349 + tax|
*This fee covers the CTSS registration and administrative processes. For eligible candidates, a congratulatory CHIMA ‘professional’ membership will be issued for the next renewal period (end of February each fiscal year).
1. Submit application
Questions about registration and payment can be e-mailed to: [email protected]
2. Review confirmation emails
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. Receive verification of eligibility
CCHIM’s registrar verifies each candidate’s graduation status from their CCHIM-approved Terminology Standards program.
4. Receive verification of certification, if eligible
Candidates who are approved by College’s registrar will be sent notification as follows:
- Candidates who have been approved will receive a package including: an official 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 terminology standards specialist certification, the following requirements must be met:
- An active professional CHIMA membership;
- Adherence to the ‘CHIMA Code of Ethics’; AND
- Applicable number of continuing professional education (CPE) credits
Questions about CPE credits can be e-mailed to: [email protected]
The University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada is the university that delivers the terminology standards program, accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (College). In order to apply for certification with the College and earn the professional designation, CTSS, 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 [email protected]
Application deadline: May 1st each year
Program start: September of the same year