Health Information Practitioners (HIP) are graduates of an approved two-year Health Information Management program that includes anatomy, pathophysiology, computer applications, database programming, law and ethics, disease coding, psychology, communications, medical terminology. Students also participate in a variety of Health Information Management courses with emphasis on analysis and reporting of information.
Graduates of the program may challenge the national certification exam through the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) in order to become a certified HIP. Membership in CHIMA is often a condition of employment, and members are permitted to use the credentials CHIM.
Cancer registrars receive the same training as health information practitioners; however, they also receive intense cancer-specific in-house training that may last one to two years. Membership in CHIMA is compulsory for all cancer registrars, and registrars may also become certified with the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) by challenging the exam to become a Certified Tumour Registrar (CTR). If successful, they are permitted to use the credential CTR in addition to CHIM. Continuing education is a requirement in order to use and maintain both of these credentials.