Healthcare IT Continuing Education

Continuing education must be earned within your three year renewal cycle and be relevant to the healthcare information and management system field in one of the six types below:

Educational programs on topics related to healthcare information and management systems. 1 CE hour for each 60 minutes of participation 

  • Education portions of HIMSS/COACH educational activities.
  • Education portions of programs sponsored by related organizations on topics that maintain, update or enhance knowledge and/or skills relevant to the healthcare information and management systems profession. 

All courses, coursework and final exams must be completed by your renewal cycle end date.

  • Post-secondary courses taken for credit in pursuit of an associate, baccalaureate, masters, or doctorate, relevant to healthcare information and management systems.  5 CE hours for each academic credit.
  • Audited or non-credit adult education courses taken, relevant to healthcare information and management systems, without completing necessary requirements for full formal credit.  3 CE hours for each academic course completed.

Presentation of original work relevant to healthcare information and management systems professionals delivered to an audience.

  • Speaker at an educational program. 1 CE hour for each 15 minutes of podium time.
  • Panel participant at an educational program. 1 CE hour for each 60 minutes of podium time.
  • Guest lecturer for a college/university course. 1 CE hour for each 15 minutes of podium time.
  • Primary author of content related to healthcare information and management systems utilized in e-learning and/or other media presentations. 1 CE hour for each 15 minutes of presentation time.

Publications required as part of work responsibilities cannot be counted toward CE hours.

  • Book related to healthcare information and management systems. You must be the author or co-author. 20 CE hours for each book.
  • Book chapter related to healthcare information and management systems. You must be the author or co-author. 15 CE hours for each book chapter.
  • Article published in a peer-reviewed journal related to healthcare information and management systems. You must be the author or co-author. 5 CE hours for each article.
  • Article published in a professional newsletter. 3 CE hours for each article.

Complete one (1) or more years of volunteer service during your renewal cycle with an international, national, state, provincial or local related professional organization or society. Service activities required as part of work responsibilities cannot be counted toward CE hours. Accepted professional service activities include: boards of directors, committees, work groups, task forces, review boards. 5 CE hours for each year of service.

Item writing for the CPHIMS or CAHIMS Exams (CE hours pre-determined by HIMSS.).

Non-Qualifying Continuing Education Activities

Responsibilities that fall within the normal parameters of an individual's job description do not qualify for CE hours. These activities include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Staff meetings
  • Grand rounds
  • Preparation for and/or participation in accreditation and licensure surveys
  • Preparation of procedure, policy, or administrative manuals
  • Conducting tours
  • Participation in career day activities
  • Development of employee and staff training materials
  • Published materials and/or presentations developed as a direct part of an individual's employment
  • Instructing or teaching a class
  • Summarizing articles, audiotapes, or video