Entry-Level Health IT Certification

Certified Specialist in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS)

The National Science Foundation, Bellevue College, and HIMSS have partnered to develop an entry-level technician certification to expand access to the field of health information technology.



2010 – NSF Award to Bellevue College and HIMSS
2011 – Certification and exam development / Curriculum development
2012/2013 – Exam pilot / Certification launch
2014 – Certification and curriculum offered in higher education and professional venues nationwide

  • CAHIMS illuminates a path into health IT careers.  Community college and high school students, as well as veterans and others new to the field will use it to navigate a career starting point. It will signal an applicant’s  job readiness to employers.
  • Curriculum to assist in preparation for the CAHIMS exam will be freely available and nationally disseminated.
  • HIMSS will administer the credential, as part of its commitment to help foster a ready workforce for health IT employers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1003223.