CPHIMS - Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals. An individual who is eligibe and successful completing a qualified examination is designated a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

HIMSS is contracted with the Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) to assist in the development, administration, scoring, score reporting and analysis of it's CPHIMS examination.

CPHIMS status provides both internal and external rewards. As a CPHIMS, you:
  • Certified in healthcare information and management systems;
  • Career opportunities;
  • You have mastered the broad-based concepts through successful completion of the CPHIMS Examination;
  • Skills and tools to help you make a difference in your career, your organization, and your community;
  • Recognition of knowing that you are among the elite in a critical field of healthcare; and
  • Have a premier credential based on a sound assessment to distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive marketplace.


Those experienced in healthcare information and management systems. To participate in the CPHIMS examination, a candidate must qualify under one of the following:
  • Baccalaureate degree plus five years of associated information and management systems experience*, three of those years in healthcare.
  • Graduate degree plus three years of associated information and management systems experience*, two of those years in healthcare.

*Associated information and management systems experience includes experience in the following functional areas: administration/management, clinical information systems, e-health, information systems, or management engineering.

The CPHIMS is awarded to individuals who demonstrate eligibility for the Certification Program and who successfully complete the examination. The exam consists of 115 multiple-choice test questions, during a two-hour session. Scoring is based on 100 items pre-selected for desirable psychometric characteristics. The additional 15 test items are included as pretest items. Performance on pretest items does not affect a candidate’s score.
A role delineation study was conducted to define the body of knowledge for the profession. The approach involved surveying members and nonmembers to identify tasks that professionals perform regularly and consider important to the practice. Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP) assisted to ensure sound measurement practices and a valid assessment instrument.

Tasks were grouped by category, and percent were assigned to produce the examination content outline included in the CPHIMS Candidate Handbook.

The exam content outline also defines cognitive domains into which the tasks are categorized and specifies number of items that test each cognitive domain. The intent is to measure competence, not “book learning.”

The CPHIMS examination is constructed in accordance with the examination content outline. The content outline ensures that the character of the exam remains consistent from one edition to the next. Consistency ensures reliability of the examination.

The examination is via computer at over 110 Assessment Centers located throughout the United States. A list of Assessment Centers is available from www.goAMP.com. Testing is scheduled twice daily Monday through Friday (except holidays), so you are able to test where you would to and when you are prepared.

Only you receive a score report that indicates whether you passed or failed the exam. Your score report is given to you as you leave the Assessment Center, so there is no wait to find out how you did. At your request, your employer is informed of your achievement.

In addition to knowledge of healthcare information and management systems, development of a sound certification program requires an understanding of psychometrics, the science of measurement. AMP has been serving healthcare clients for over 15 years. The CPHIMS Certification is governed by the CPHIMS Certification Committee, a HIMSS committee of individuals with expertise in the content tested on the exam. This Committee is responsible for assuring that certification meets high standards required for the profession; and is charged with setting general standards for the program, developing exam specs, constructing new editions of the examination and establishing passing standards for the exam.

The exam fee for a member of HIMSS is $275. This represents $70 savings over the $345 fee charged to nonmembers. Payment of the exam fee entitles a candidate to take the exam, receive a score report, receive a certificate of achievement and other recognition of the certification, and use the distinguished CPHIMS on letterhead, business cards and other professional communications, in directory listings and in signature. The CPHIMS Candidate Handbook contains eligibility requirements for participation in the program, a complete content outline for the exam, sample test items, a list of review references that may help in preparing for the exam, regulations governing conduct of the exam, and an application for the exam.