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.

NSF Press Release

NSF names Bellevue College, HIMSS to open door to fast-growing Health IT job marketplace National Science Foundation Dec. 6, 2010 BELLEVUE, WASH. — – With as many as 50,000 new health information technology jobs expected by 2016, both individuals and employers are looking for training programs and certification they can rely on to guide capable new …more about NSF Press Release


Bellevue College Heathcare Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS) National Science Foundation We gratefully acknowledge the following Body of Knowledge Advisory Board members for their time and expertise. Justin T. Barnes – Carrollton, GA Michael Brody, DPM – Melville, NY Mario Casteneda – Sacramento, CA Mary Anne Celenza, PhD – Philadelphia, PA Leanne Cordisco – Milwaukee, …more about Partners