Centennial College’s Health Informatics Technology (Fast-Track) program will admit you into Semester 3 of the three-year advanced diploma offering so you can receive the credential in four semesters, if you’re a qualified college or university graduate with a background in software.
The Health Informatics Technology (Fast-Track) program will combine core software engineering knowledge and health care information systems. In this advanced technology diploma program’s courses, you’ll learn to design, develop and maintain the next generation of electronic health record applications and other exciting software products.
Under the umbrella of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, this program will cover:
- Object-oriented software design methodologies
- User-oriented interface design
- The structure of health care information systems
- Clinical workflow and IT solutions
- Data security
- Privacy issues within health care systems
- Tools, Algorithms and Methods for Health Care Information Systems
To underscore the curriculum’s applied focus, the Health Informatics Technology program will include two software development projects. These real-world business applications will require you to utilize all the technical, systems and business skills gained during your studies.
The knowledge you’ll acquire in this health technology program will enable you to design, develop, modify and test software for health care applications. You’ll also be able to analyze and model data, develop health care databases and support decision making based on predictive analytics. Lastly, you’ll have the know-how to use health informatics methods and software tools for hospitals, health care agencies and public health departments.
Please note: The co-op option is available for fast-track students with four semesters plus two work terms (program #3538). The fast-track programs are also available in a fully online version (program #3678), and, online co-op (Program #3638).
- Minimum of 80% of courses completed from semester one
- Completion of COMM-170/171* by the end of semester 1 with a C grade (60%) or higher
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
- Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
- Students who meet the above prerequisites will submit their application for co-op to the Career Services & Cooperative Education Department in semester 1
The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete two co-op work terms as an employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.
To participate in this co-op option, you will need to complete an application process in the first semester. If academically qualified, you may be admitted to the co-op program. Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for the co-op preparation course as scheduled.
Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.
*COMM 170/171 – Students who are enrolled in COMM 160/161 in semester 1 who are considering applying to co-op must switch to the COMM160/161 COMM170/171 compressed course in semester 1 in order to meet the COMM prerequisite for co-op.
- The Health Informatics Technology (Fast-Track) courses incorporate cutting-edge technology geared to industry standards.
- You learn through a project-based approach.
- Knowledgeable and approachable School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials.
- Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) or their provincial engineering technology association.
- Software developer
- Web developer
- Database developer
- Mobile applications developer
- Health care information systems analyst
- Systems implementation specialist
- Business analyst
If you are applying through the Better Jobs Ontario Program, please apply at the Employment Training Centre (Progress Campus). The Better Jobs Ontario Program is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Better Jobs Ontario Program.
If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $110 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
Domestic applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS). For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.
Please refer to the International Education Application Guide.
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.
- Analyze and define the specifications of a health information system based on user requirements.
- Design, implement, test and document health information systems based on specifications and software engineering methodologies.
- Develop architectures and provide examples of information systems to support patients, the public, and policy makers and managers of health care services.
- Assess software quality and, where necessary, improve software performance through the application of appropriate testing, verification, and evaluation procedures.
- Design, model, implement, and maintain a database and electronic health records.
- Support the development and maintenance of health information systems through the application of networking concepts.
- Analyze, design, and implement integrated solutions that ensure security and privacy issues are addressed.
- Use tools for decision support and their application to patient management, acquisition, representation and engineering of medical knowledge.
- Work effectively as a member of a health informatics team on the design, implementation and testing of a health information system where no one person has complete knowledge of the entire system.
- Interpret, create, and present health and medical coding systems and other information effectively and accurately.
- Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.