Health Informatics Technology (Fast-Track)

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Program Code: 3528

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Fast-track program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

The Health Informatics Technology (Fast Track) program will allow students to gain direct admission into semester three of the three-year offering so they can receive an advanced diploma in four semesters, if they are qualified college or university graduates with a background in software.

Emphasis of this Health Informatics Technology (Fast Track) program will be on incorporating knowledge of both information technology and health care systems so that students may learn to design, develop, modify and test software for health care applications.

Graduates from this School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program will be able to analyze and model data, develop health care databases and apply modern software development methodologies. They will also have the know-how to use health informatics methods and software tools for hospitals, health care agencies and public health departments.

The program's coursework will emphasize object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, structure of health care information systems, telehealth, data security and privacy in health care systems. It will also focus on technologies that include C#, Java, Java EE, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Microsoft's .NET, data warehousing and data mining, and BI tools in health care systems.

To emphasize the applied focus of the curriculum, the Health Informatics Technology (Fast Track) program will include two software development projects in the field of health informatics. These real world business applications will require students to utilize all the technical, systems and business skills gained in the offering.

Please note: Students who wish to obtain real world experience, may do so though the Health Informatics Technology (Fast Track, Co-op) program, which will include paid work terms prior to graduation.

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-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance Progress Campus
COMP-380 Structure of HCIS Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-304 Wireless Programming Progress Campus
COMP-309 Data Warehousing and Data Mining in HCIS Progress Campus
COMP-383 Data Security and Privacy Policies in HCIS Progress Campus
COMP-384 Telehealth Progress Campus
COMP-387 Clinical Workflow and IT Solutions Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
CNET-329 Business and ICT Progress Campus
COMP-313 Software Development Project 2 Progress Campus
COMP-321 Systems Integration Progress Campus
COMP-382 Computer Techniques in Medical Imaging 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 Health Informatics Technology (Fast Track) courses will be delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards.
  • Students will be taught through a project-based approach.
  • Knowledgeable and approachable School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials.


  • The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) 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. Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either CIPS or their provincial engineering technology association.
  • The Health Informatics Technology (Fast Track) 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
  • Web developer
  • Database developer
  • Mobile application developer
  • Health care information systems analyst
  • Systems implementation specialist
  • 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

  • Transcript and resume review is required
  • Centennial College English Skills Assessment is required (must score 170 or 171 for admission)

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

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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

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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 $950.00 $3,717.00
International $12,800.00 $2,145.00 $14,945.00