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Health Information Management BS
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Fast Growing HIM Field
The Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that jobs for the medical record and health information technology field are expected to increase 29% through 2014.

Rewarding Salary Potential
According to The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the median annual salary for entry level medical records and health information management specialists was $48,000 in 2008.


Health Information Management
Bachelor of Science (BS)


CAHIIM Accredited
100% Online




Qualify for RHIA Certification

Ranked Among
2013 Best Online Bachelor Programs

$45 million in scholarships and grants for
the 2012-2013 school year


U.S. & Canadian Applicants

Request School Information

RHIA Certification

Working as a critical link between care providers, payers, and patients, the RHIA:

  • Is an expert in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems and medical terminologies.
  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery and the privacy of protected patient information.
  • Manages people and operational units, participates in administrative committees, and prepares budgets.
  • Interacts with all levels of an organization - clinical, financial, administrative, and information systems - that employ patient data in decision-making and everyday operations.
Eligibility Requirements

RHIA applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Successfully complete the academic requirements, at the baccalaureate level, of an HIM program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

  • OR

  • Graduate from an HIM program approved by a foreign association with which AHIMA has a reciprocity agreement.

The academic qualifications of each candidate will be verified before a candidate is deemed eligible to take the examination. All first-time applicants must submit an
official transcript from their college or university.

1. Students interested in obtaining a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Certificate of Completion, or Transfer of Credits information must contact the CAHIIM-accredited program in which they wish to enroll regarding their institutional policies. Please visit the program directory Web site at www.cahiim.org/directory to access the list of CAHIIM-accredited programs.

2. AHIMA and the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) shall permit a graduate of a program in HIM at the associate or baccalaureate degree level to apply to write the appropriate certification examination consistent with the academic level achieved and given independently by the two associations. The graduate must meet the educational competencies for certification as a technician or administrator established by the association to which the application is made.

3. Beginning October 6, 2008, students in CAHIIM-accredited programs for RHIT or RHIA, enrolled in their final term of study, are now eligible to apply for and take their respective certification exam early.

Eligible students include the following:

  • Students currently enrolled and in their last term of study
  • Students who have completed their course work but have not yet graduated
  • Graduates who are currently waiting for their official transcripts
Source: AHIMA 2010
Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
Your guide to RHIA careers, certification, and education.
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Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Career Overview and Degrees

Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIAs) are skilled in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems and medical terminologies. To become a certified RHIA, candidates typically hold a CAHIIM accredited bachelor's degree in health information management or health informatics. Upon degree completion, candidates qualify to sit for the RHIA certification exam.

Career outlook and salary potential for RHIAs are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health information is expected to grow by 22% between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than the average of all occupations. RHIAs have excellent earning potential. A 2008 AHIMA-sponsored study found that the average RHIA salary was $68,213. The report found that a health information manager with an RHIA certification earns nearly $15,000 more annual median salary than one with the RHIT certification. According to a member study conducted by AHIMA, only 25 percent of health information management professionals with a RHIT certification earn more than $50,000 annually, while almost 60 percent with an RHIA make more than $50,000.

To be eligible for AHIMA's RHIA Certification exam, candidates must have completed a bachelor degree level health information management program accredited by CAHIIM.

>> RHIA Overview
>> RHIA Career Opportunities
>> RHIA Salary
>> RHIA Career Outlook
>> Preparing for a Career as a RHIA
>> RHIA Certification
>> Eligibility Requirements for AHIMA's RHIA Certification

Online Schools - Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
DeVry University Online Editor's Choice
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DeVry University has been ranked among Best Online Bachelor Programs for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report. DeVry University offers students competitive tuition rates and numerous financial aid options, including $45 million in scholarships and grants for the 2012-2013 school year.

Health Information Management
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Degree Completion Option Available
Online or Campus Available

This CAHIIM accredited online degree program in Technical Management with a technical specialty in Health Information Management (HIM) provides the experience and knowledge students need to progress in their profession and take the RHIA certification exam. HIM students will learn about healthcare data security and privacy, health information systems, health information financial management, healthcare total quality management and more. Graduates of the HIM program will be eligible to sit for AHIMA's RHIA Certification exam.

This program is also available on-campus in over 90 locations in the following States: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI.

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A Computer Information Systems bachelor's degree program with a specialization in Health Information Systems (HIS) will qualify you to work in this promising field. You'll master the latest technologies and best practices, including picture archiving systems (PACS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Health Level Seven (HL7).

This program is also available on-campus in over 90 locations in the following States: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI.

DeVry University also offers:

DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. In New York, DeVry University operates as DeVry College of New York. DeVry University operates as DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta. DeVry is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. AC0060. DeVry University is authorized for operation by the THEC. www.state.tn.us/thec. Nashville Campus - 3343 Perimeter Hill Dr., Nashville, TN 37211. Program availability varies by location.

University of Illinois at Chicago Online

The University of Illinois at Chicago is ranked in the top 4% of 4,000 colleges and universities in the US by U.S. News & World Report. The University of Illinois at Chicago offers the first online graduate programs in the nation to receive CAHIIM accreditation.

Health Informatics
Post-Master's Certificate

CAHIIM Accredited
Qualify for AHIMA's RHIA Certification

UIC's CAHIIM accredited online postmaster’s certificate in health informatics program provides opportunities for self-motivated, experienced health care or IT professionals who have already attained at least a master's level degree, to attain high level knowledge about the application and management of computers within the healthcare setting.

University of Cincinnati Online

University of Cincinnati's commitment to education excellence is recognized through numerous awards and top rankings, such as Top 200 National Universities, Top 100 Public Schools, and #3 Up-and-Coming Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

Health Informatics
Master of Science

Based on CAHIIM Guidelines
Earn in As Little As One Year

University of Cincinnati’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program was designed by an interdisciplinary group of professionals in academia and practice to prepare active health, health care, and information systems professionals with the practical and leadership skills necessary for leadership opportunities at the forefront of health informatics. Designed from the ground up, the online program specifically addresses the areas of health informatics for which employers and organizations are hiring. Students will examine the diverse health and health care landscape and discover how technology is incorporated throughout the industry. Following CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education) guidelines, the curriculum also focuses on health data analytics, clinical information systems, privacy and security, database design, standards, process and workflow, project management, communication, leadership, and strategic planning.

Southern New Hampshire University Online

Health Informatics
Master of Science in Information Technology

The MS in IT with a Healthcare Informatics concentration provides specialized knowledge and skills in medical informatics. The Healthcare Informatics Concentration reviews how the healthcare industry uses information systems - electronic medical records and laboratory and radiology systems - to provide access to medical information and improve patient care. Course work includes case studies and research that explore the successful use and management of health information technology. The IT health informatics master's program delves into strategies for implementing healthcare informatics technologies and actual IT project management in a healthcare setting.

Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Career Overview

RHIA Overview

Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIAs) are skilled in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems and medical terminologies. They possess comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery and the privacy of protected patient information. RHIAs manage people and operational units, participate in administrative committees, and prepare budgets. They interact with all levels of organizations - clinical, financial, administrative, and information system - that employ patient data in decision-making and everyday operations.

RHIA Career Opportunities

RHIAs enjoy job placements in a broad range of settings that span the continuum of healthcare including hospitals, multispecialty clinics and physician practices, long-term care, mental health, and other ambulatory care settings. The profession has seen significant expansion in nonpatient care settings, with careers in managed care and insurance companies, software vendors, consulting services, government agencies, education, and pharmaceutical companies. Prospects are especially strong in these settings for RHIAs who possess advanced degrees in business or health administration.

Job Titles for HIM Professionals with RHIA Credential
HIM Director Assistant HIM Director Coding Professional
Business Process Engineer Consultant HIM Faculty
Healthcare Consumer Advocate Clinical Data Analyst Health Data/Information Resource Manager
e-HIM® Project Manager Compliance Officer Health Information System Application Designer
Privacy Officer Data Quality Manager Patient Information Coordinator

RHIA Career Outlook

Career outlook and salary potential for RHIAs are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health information is expected to grow by 21% between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average of all occupations.

RHIA Salary

RHIAs have excellent earning potential. According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), entry-level salaries for RHIAs average $40K - $75K. A 2008 AHIMA-sponsored study found that the average RHIA salary was $68,213. The report found that a health information manager with an RHIA certification earns nearly $15,000 more annual median salary than one with the RHIT certification. According to a member study conducted by AHIMA, only 25 percent of health information management professionals with a RHIT certification earn more than $50,000 annually, while almost 60 percent with an RHIA make more than $50,000.

Preparing for an RHIA Career

The RHIA credential is a national certification for health information administrators and managers. First, RHIA candidates must have a CAHIIM accredited bachelor's degree in Health Information Management. The baccalaureate degree curriculum has a strong foundation in general education and lays the groundwork for future advanced learning at the graduate level for those interested in pursuing advanced studies. At the professional coursework level, the baccalaureate degree curriculum requires in-depth knowledge and skills in data content and uses, healthcare systems, information systems analysis and design, selected information and communication technologies, statistical analysis and clinical data management, research and evaluation methods, and strategic management of information resources. The expertise of the baccalaureate degree graduate lies in the planning, analysis, design, and management of healthcare information resources and services. The focus is on preparing mid-level managers. Second, RHIA candidates must pass the national RHIA Certification Exam. This 4 hour exam consists of 180 multiple choice questions. The pass rate for first time test takers of the 2009 RHIA Certification exam was 70.6%. >> RHIA Exam Content (pdf)

Health Information Management Offers Versatility

By studying health information, students will acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. Health information professionals use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals. Health information programs incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, health information graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.

Careers in health information management can be found in a wide variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician's offices
  • Clinics and other medical or mental health facilities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Educational institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Vendor firms

RHIA Certification

Whether you are certified as an RHIT, RHIA, CCA, CCS, etc., earning an AHIMA credential puts you in a special league, positioning you as a leader and role model in the health informatics and information management community. Investing in AHIMA certification is an investment in yourself and your long-term career. AHIMA certification can help you:

  • Improve your earning potential
  • Open the door to more opportunities for career advancement
  • Increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market
  • Reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career
  • Provide a foundation of broad and deep understanding
  • Be associated with AHIMA's strong and long-standing reputation of integrity and excellence.
  • Connect with a strong network of AHIMA-certified peers. Earning an AHIMA credential plugs you into a prestigious community of ongoing support. Although membership is not required in order to become AHIMA-certified, you can enhance your connection even more by becoming an AHIMA member.

>> Eligibility Requirements for AHIMA's RHIA Certification

Note: To be eligible for AHIMA's RHIA Certification exam, candidates must have completed a bachelor degree level health information management program accredited by CAHIIM.

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