Health Informatics Initial Accreditation

Accreditation Timelines (Poster (Landscape)) (1)


Prior to the application process, a sponsoring institution must develop a program that meets the professional curriculum content and quality of the program as measured by the Health Informatics Accreditation Standards and Program administrators must ensure that the program is sustainable per its resource and needs assessment. The program must be developed to ensure stability professionally and financially.

Candidacy Status Application Process

Conditions for Pre-Application

Timing: Program assesses readiness for application for accreditation.

The following requirements must be met or completed during this stage in development and when submitting an application:

Program Director: Have hired a permanent Program Director that meets the minimum qualifications in the Standards for a Program Director. The position must be full time throughout the application process.

Applicant Program Campus: The program and campus applying for accreditation must award the degree which includes online applicant campuses. Other campus institutional requirements: The sponsoring institution is accredited by a regional or national accrediting institutional agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to offer a degree. State Board of Education approvals must also be completed.

Step 1:Letter of Intent (LOI)

Once the program verifies that it meets the minimum requirements for application and has begun enrollments, the program's President / CEO submits the letter of intent describing its readiness to pursue accreditation.

Content Description:

  1. Describe support for the program.

  2. State reasons for the program inception or program need.

  3. Confirm state and institutional authority to provide the degree granting program.

  4. Indicate the month and year of the program launch.

  5. Indicate projected month and year of first graduation class.

  6. Provide the name of the program director.

Letters of Intent should be submitted to George Payan, Accreditation Operations Manager, at

Step 2: Program Submits Application

Programs will be invoiced an application fee when submitting their application for accreditation, prior to acceptance into candidacy.  Please refer to the Fee Schedule for up-to-date information about fees.

When applying for CAHIIM accreditation there are 6 required documents that must be completed prior to the submission to CAHIIM: 

1. CAHIIM Self Evaluation Tool (CSET)

Complete the CSET for two courses, an introductory level course (that all students must take) and one advanced level course (that all students must take).

2. Curriculum Vitae for the Program Director

Current employment must be up to date.

3. Synopsis of Curriculum

List all required courses in the curriculum (general education and the professional courses) for each specific quarter/trimester/semester within the total curriculum sequence.

Synopsis of Curriculum Template

4. Syllabi

The syllabi must be for the two courses used for the CSET.

Guide to Constructing a Useful Syllabus

5. Curriculum Vitae for the Full-Time Faculty Member

Must be teaching in the Health Informatics program. Current employment must be up to date.

6. Profile Page

The profile page is a PDF document which provides CAHIIM with all contact information for the program.

The blank, fill-able PDF can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Download Profile Page

Once all documents are completed, email them to the following email address:

Once the application is submitted, programs will be invoiced the application fee.  Please refer to the Fee Schedule for up-to-date information about fees.

Step 3: Application Reviewed for Candidacy Eligibility

The application will be reviewed upon receipt of all application requirements by CAHIIM staff. An assessment will be provided within 90 days of receipt of application. Program may be requested to provide additional information or clarification.

CAHIIM senior staff reserves the right to make final administrative decisions of a program's application status with CAHIIM. 

Step 4: Candidacy Status Granted

Denied: An application may be rejected if it does not meet the conditions for application or there are documented issues of non compliance with the Standards at anytime.

Accepted: If program is accepted into Candidacy Status, an EPC code & Self-Assessment due date is assigned and the Candidacy status fee is invoiced

CAHIIM Candidacy Status Description: An application stage while the Candidate program is allowed to complete the Self Assessment information and documentation in the online system.

An applicant program allowed into Candidacy Status is:

1. Assigned a CAHIIM Educational Program Code (EPC)
2. Assigned a Self-Assessment Due Date (1 year from date of when Candidacy Status was achieved)
3. Assigned a Candidacy Status expiration date (2 years from date of when Candidacy Status was achieved)
4. Sent Invoice for the Candidacy Status Fee

Expiration of Candidacy Status

This status will be terminated if it is found that the Requirements for Candidacy have not been maintained at any time or the maximum 2-year period has elapsed. If the program has been informed of this action, the program must reapply by submitting a new Application for Candidacy.

Step 5: Program Submits Self-Assessment

The program’s Self-Assessment is due by the date provided in the Candidacy Status notification letter or a late fee is assessed. We encourage early Self-Assessment submissions. 

Required Forms for completion and file uploads in this stage:

1. Program Evaluation Plan (required template for Standard #3. Program Effectiveness Measures)

2. Student and Graduate Table (required template for Standard #8 Faculty)
3. Faculty Table (required template for Standard #8 Faculty)
4. Synopsis of Curriculum (required template for Standard #11 Core Concentration)
5. CSET (required for Standard #12 Program-Specific Curriculum)
6. Learning Management System (required template for Standard #14 Online Content Delivery)
7. Budget Template (required template for Standard #17 Financial Resources)

Online Content Delivery
Academic technologies, software applications and simulations, and online or web-enhanced courses, have a significant role in the learning environment. To fairly evaluate online content the program must provide CAHIIM with full access to all online course content and relevant education applications used to deliver this content.

Helpful Tips:

1. Remove text formatting using a Text editor or Notepad software.
2. PDF documents should be uploaded unless its a specific CAHIIM form.

CAHIIM Process Forms

Step 6: Self-Assessment Reviewed

A formal staff review and assessment of the information submitted. CAHIIM’s preliminary assessment  will be provided within 90 days. A request for clarification or additional information may be requested and is reviewed by CAHIIM quality education staff in the order received. The program’s site visit date is coordinated during this time.

Step 7: Site Visit Conducted

The site visit of the program verifies the accuracy of documentation submitted by the program. The site visit team will meet with program officials to seek conformity with the CAHIIM Accreditation Standards. After the site visit is concluded the site visit team will complete a Site Visit Report that is generated within 10 days of the conclusion of the visit.

The program is invoiced the Site Visit Fee once the program approves the site visit team.

Download the following documents for this stage:
1. Site Visit Checklist
2. Site Visit Itinerary Template

Step 8: Program's Response to Site Visit Report

A formal response to the site visit results is requested from the program director within 30 days.

Step 9: Accreditation Council Review

The CAHIIM accreditation council reviews program’s response to the site visit report to verify compliance with the CAHIIM Accreditation Standards. The Council makes a recommendation motion for the program’s accreditation status. Any program may be awarded a 6 month Progress Report to be submitted if there exists Standard deficiencies that remain that require time for implementation. This information will be required to be completed in the CAHIIM Accreditation System by the CAHIIM specified due date.

Step 10: Board of Directors Review

The CAHIIM Board of Directors reviews the recommendation motion presented by the council and makes the final vote on the program’s accreditation status.  The program is notified of decision within 10 days.

Step 11: Progress Report

In order to maintain accreditation status the program must submit a progress report that satisfies the remaining Standard deficiencies that resulted from the review process.

The Board Report will reflect the current Not Met or Partial Met Standard deficiencies that require the institution’s attention and provides guidelines for resolution and evidence of implementation in order to achieve full compliance for the program.

Failure to submit this report by the due date may place the program on Administrative Probationary Accreditation. An unsatisfactory progress report or a Substantive Change in Program Director during the progress report process may result in a Focused Review and site visit of the program.

Situations that Adversely Affect the Application Process 

Change in Program Director: A change in program director is prohibited during the application process and will lead to removal of Candidate Status and application rejected if the Self Assessment stage has already been submitted in the CAHIIM Accreditation System.
A stable program with no deficiencies may appoint a new permanent program director that is a full time faculty person that meets the qualifications of Program Director in the Standards. The new program director candidate must have been employed and have had involvement in the program for a minimum of 12 months.