Health Informatics Technology (Co-op) (Fast-Track)

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Program Code: 3538

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Fast-track program

Program Length: 2 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

Centennial College's Health Informatics Technology (Fast-Track Co-op) program is for students seeking a speedy way to launch their career, with the added benefit of work placement experience prior to graduation.

Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of this three-year advanced diploma program and receive this advanced diploma in four semesters (plus two work terms).

This School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program seamlessly incorporates knowledge of both information technology and health care systems. You begin your studies at Progress Campus, where coursework emphasizes object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, structure of health care information systems, telehealth, clinical workflow and IT solutions, data security and privacy in health care systems. It also covers technologies including C#, Java, Java EE, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Microsoft's .NET, mobile application development, data warehousing and data mining and BI tools in health care systems.

During your time at Centennial College, you also enjoy further hands-on training through the inclusion of two software development projects in the health informatics field. For these real-world business applications, you use all the technical, systems and business skills gained in your Health Informatics Technology (Fast-Track Co-op) courses.

You then further benefit from a co-op component that offers real-world experience in two work terms. If you qualify, academically, you have the opportunity to apply software engineering techniques to health care information systems and use health informatics methods and software tools. You may even have the opportunity to work alongside the biggest names in the field. Past students have completed the co-op component at organizations that include the Hospital for Sick Children, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Centenary Hospital.

Intersecting information technology with health care can help health professionals make informed decisions, reduce errors and deliver efficient service to their patients. Centennial College graduates are able to analyze and model data, develop health care databases and apply modern software development methodologies. They also have the know-how to use health informatics methods and software tools for hospitals, health care agencies and public health departments.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
COMP-214 Advanced Database Concepts Progress Campus
COMP-229 Web Application Development Progress Campus
COMP-246 Object Oriented Software Engineering Progress Campus
COMP-381 Tools, Algorithms and Methods for HCIS Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-124 Fundamentals of Computer Networks Progress Campus
COMP-212 Programming 3 Progress Campus
COMP-228 Java Programming Progress Campus
COMP-304 Mobile Application Development Progress Campus
COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance Progress Campus
COMP-380 Structure of HCIS Progress Campus
COOP-321 Employment Preplacement Progress Campus
MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP222 Co-op Work Placement 1 follows Semester 4.

COOP331 Co-op Work Placement 2 follows COOP222 for students beginning the program in Fall semester.

Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-321 Systems Integration Progress Campus
COMP-382 Computer Techniques in Medical Imaging Progress Campus
COMP-387 Clinical Workflow and IT Solutions Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP331 Co-op Work Placement 2 follows Semester 5 for students beginning the program in Winter semester.

Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-329 Business and ICT Progress Campus
COMP-309 Data Warehousing and Data Mining in HCIS Progress Campus
COMP-313 Software Development Project 2 Progress Campus
COMP-383 Data Security and Privacy Policies in HCIS Progress Campus
COMP-384 Telehealth Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus

Semester Note

Technical Electives:
COMP303 Java EE Programming
COMP305 Game Programming 1
COMP306 Web Service Programming
COMP317 Software Quality Assurance and Test Management
COMP392 Advanced Graphics
COMP396 Game Programming 2

Program Highlights

  • The opportunity is available for an eight-month paid co-op experience.
  • Technology geared to industry standards is used in the delivery of Health Informatics Technology (Fast Track Co-op) courses.
  • The program provides you with technical electives and project-based learning.
  • You acquire insight from knowledgeable and approachable faculty members who have diverse business experience and academic credentials.
  • Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) or their provincial engineering technology association.


  • The Canadian Information Processing Society and the Canadian Council of Technician and Technologies (CCTT) jointly approved accreditation of this program in 2011. This joint accreditation is the first of its kind in Canada.
  • The Health Informatics Technology program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).


Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook

  • Software developer
  • Systems implementation specialist
  • Health care informations systems analyst
  • Database developer
  • Mobile applications developer
  • Web developer
  • Business analyst

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in computer science, information technology, software engineering or a related discipline
  • We will consider applicants with a combination of partial diploma or degree and relevant work experience

Additional Requirements

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of Semester 2 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program at the end of Semester 2
  • Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for COOP221 in Semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,300.00 $4,067.00
International $12,800.00 $2,845.00 $15,645.00