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HIM Standards for the Associate and Baccalaureate Level:

CAHIIM has announced its release of the new 2018 HIM Standards for the Associate and Baccalaureate level programs. These Standards were released on March 1, 2019.

CAHIIM HIM Standards Implementation Schedule:

Initial or Continuing

Standards & Curriculum Version

Date of Implementation

Initial Programs applying for Candidacy Status  after March 1, 2019

Programs will be responsible for the 2018 CAHIIM Standards and 2018 AHIMA/CEE Curriculum.

March 1, 2019

Initial Programs in Candidacy Status Prior to March 1, 2019

Programs will be evaluated on the 2012 CAHIIM HIM Standards and the 2014 AHIMA/CEE Curriculum.

From the date the program achieved Candidacy Status.

Continuing Programs In Progress

(Program Review Cycle 2019-2020 and Prior)

Programs will be evaluated on the 2012 CAHIIM Standards and the 2014 AHIMA/CEE Curriculum.

Note: In 2021, All Accredited programs will report in the Annual Program Assessment Report System (APAR) in order to verify implementation of the 2018 AHIMA/CEE Curriculum.

2018 Standards and 2018 AHIMA Curriculum must be implemented by 2021.

Continuing Programs

(Beginning with Program Review Cycle 2020-2021)

Programs will be evaluated on the 2018 HIM Standards and the 2018 AHIMA Curriculum.

2018 HIM Standards and 2018 AHIMA Curriculum must be implemented by their assigned Self-Assessment date.

All review cycle dates for continuing programs are located in the APAR system or in the program directory.

2018 CAHIIM HIM Associate and Baccalaureate Standards

2018 HIM Bacc icon 2018 Accreditation Standards for HIM Baccalaureate Degree Programs

2018 HIM Assoc icon 2018 Accreditation Standards for HIM Associate Degree Programs

2018 Associate and Baccalaureate HIM Standards and Compliance Guide

During the creation of the 2018 HIM Standards, a compliance guide was constructed to help programs understand the requirements of each of the new Standards. The compliance guide provides supporting information to address each Standard. The compliance guide provides the verbiage of each standard, followed by the compliance guide information.

2018 HIM Baccalaureate Degree Standards and Compliance Guide: 

2018 Compliance Guide for Accreditation Standards for HIM Baccalaureate Degree Programs

2018 HIM Associate Degree Standards and Compliance Guide:

2018 Compliance Guide for Accreditation Standards for HIM Associate Degree Programs

2012 HIM Associate and Baccalaureate Standards:

2012_HIM_Assoc_Stndrds 2012 Standards and Interpretation for Accreditation of HIM Associate Degree Programs

2012_HIM_Bacc_Stndrds 2012 Standards and Interpretation for Accreditation of HIM Baccalaureate Degree Programs


2008 Graduate HIM Standards  

Currently the Graduate degree programs in Health Information Management are evaluated under the 2008 HIM Standards. Health information management (HIM) graduate programs focus on the skills and competencies in health data management, information policy, information systems, administrative and clinical work flow. Health information management graduate programs focus on operations management essential to ensuring an accurate and complete medical record and cost-effective information processing.

2008_HIM_Masters_Stndrds 2008 Standards and Interpretation for Accreditation for HIM Masters Programs