CPHIMS Certification Practice Exam

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The Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) exam is designed to test an individual’s understanding of a well-defined body of knowledge in professional practice in healthcare information and management systems. Those who succeed have established themselves as CPHIMS for a period of five years.

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CPHIMS Exam Eligibility

To be eligible for this exam, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • You must hold a baccalaureate degree and have at least five years of information and management systems experience
  • You must hold a graduate degree or higher and have at least three years of information and management systems experience
  • You must have at least 10 years of information and management systems experience

CPHIMS Exam Outline

The CPHIMS certification exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 2 hours.

The exam is split into four content areas, and the questions are designed to evaluate you on three cognitive areas:

  • Recall: Recall or recognize specific information
  • Application: Comprehend, relate, or apply knowledge to new or changing situations
  • Analysis: Analyze and synthesize information, determine solutions, or evaluate the usefulness of a solution

I. Healthcare and Technology Environments (25%)

The questions in this area assess your knowledge and skills pertaining to the following:

  • Articulating characteristics and services of different types of healthcare organizations
  • Describing the roles and responsibilities of healthcare information and management systems professionals within the organizational structures in which they work
  • Evaluating trends in healthcare technology and implementing strategies to improve patient outcomes
  • Articulating characteristics of interrelationships across and within healthcare organizations
  • Articulating characteristics of technology infrastructure that support the healthcare environment
  • Recognizing the impact of commonly accepted regulations, laws, accreditation, and other local and state rules that govern critical healthcare information and systems management services
  • Articulating characteristics of applications commonly used in healthcare

II. Clinical Informatics (20%)

The questions in this area assess your knowledge and skills pertaining to the following:

  • Basic clinical vocabulary and terms frequently represented in healthcare informatics
  • Developing and implementing system functionality to optimize clinical effectiveness and efficiencies
  • Basic clinical metrics frequently represented in informatics
  • Developing mechanisms to facilitate ongoing clinical content and decision-support tools
  • Interpreting operational and clinical outcomes through the use of various data analytics tools
  • Basic healthcare IT vocabulary and terms frequently represented in healthcare informatics

III. Healthcare Information and Systems Management (30%)

The questions in this area assess your knowledge and skills pertaining to the following:

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Selection
  • Implementation
  • Support
  • Maintenance
  • Testing for evaluation
  • Privacy and security

IV. Management and Leadership (25%)

The questions in this area assess your knowledge and skills pertaining to the following:

  • Evaluating performance
  • Maintaining organizational competencies on current IT technologies and trends
  • Contributing to organizational strategic planning
  • Developing and implementing an IT strategic plan and departmental objectives that align and support organizational strategies and goals
  • Evaluating effectiveness and user satisfaction
  • Employing comparative analytics
  • Presenting interpretations and recommendations of data analyses to decision makers
  • Evaluating staff competency in information and management system skills
  • Defining roles, job descriptions, and responsibilities for healthcare IT functions
  • Managing budget and financial risks
  • Managing contractual agreements with partners and vendors

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CPHIMS Exam Registration

To register for the CPHIMS exam, you must submit an application on the HIMSS website. Your application does not have to include proof of eligibility, but you must include the applicable application fee.

Member StatusFee
HIMSS Individual Organizational Affiliate Member$449
HIMSS Regular Member$499
HIMSS Corporate Member
HIMSS Student Member

Once your application and fee have been reviewed and approved, you will be sent an Authorization to Test (ATT) via email. Once you receive your ATT, you will have 90 days to schedule an exam appointment with Pearson VUE.

Test Day

In-person Testing

On the day of your exam, you should arrive at the Pearson VUE testing center 15-30 minutes earlier than the scheduled exam time. This will give you enough time to complete the check-in process.

When you arrive, you will be asked to sign in and present your photo ID to the proctor. You will be photographed and asked to sign a roster and other rule forms. Personal items such as your cell phone, wallet, keys, and accessories are not allowed in the testing room, so they should be left at home or placed in a secure locker outside the testing area.

Just before the exam starts, you will be given a brief tutorial on the testing system and will be asked to sign an NDA.

Remote Testing

Before the day of the exam, you should ensure your equipment meets the minimum requirements. You must have a desktop or laptop with a webcam and microphone, and you should take your exam in a private workspace. The exam cannot be taken on mobile devices, smartphones, or tablets. The technical requirements are detailed on Pearson’s website.

On the day of your exam, you will be asked to show the remote proctor your testing space and submit a valid form of photo ID. The proctor will walk you through the examination process after the check-in process is complete.

How the CPHIMS Exam is Scored

Your CPHIMS score is calculated using a scaled scoring system. This system takes your raw score, which is how many questions you answered correctly, and converts it to a numerical score on a scale from 200 to 800. The minimum passing score is 600.

You should receive your score report within eight weeks after testing.

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How many questions are on the CPHIMS certification exam?


There are 100 multiple-choice questions on the exam.


How long is the CPHIMS certification exam?


The time limit for the exam is 2 hours.


What is the passing score for the CPHIMS certification exam?


To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 600.


How much does the CPHIMS certification exam cost?


The examination fee ranges from $449 to $599 depending on your membership status.

By Kate Nockunas

Kate has been Mometrix’s Nursing and Medical Editor for over four years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marymount University, and a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins. Kate is a critical care registered nurse who still works occasionally in the ICU and PACU.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: December 29, 2023