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Ont. government warned to keep eye on colleges

Cambrian College program left health information management grad unqualified

Ontario’s ombudsman is warning the provincial government to keep a closer eye on colleges after finding a Cambrian College program left graduates unqualified in their field.

After a months-long investigation into a two-year Health Information Management program, Andre Marin concluded the Cambrian program was not formally recognized by the Canadian Health Information Management Association, which controls entry into the profession.

Earlier this year, 11 students who graduated from the Sudbury college’s program complained that the program is unaccredited and did not adequately qualify them for jobs in their chosen field.

Students who graduated from the program were ineligible to write a national test administered by CHIMA that would certify them to work in the profession.

The report recommends Cambrian compensate students for allowing them to enrol in a program that was “highly unlikely” lead to employment.

This report “Too Cool For School Too,” is the second in as many months released by Marin that criticizes how the Ministry of Colleges and Universities regulates college programs.

– The Canadian Press

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