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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.

AHIMA Requirements
RHIT Certification

Professionals holding the RHIT credential are health information technicians who:

  • Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems.
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.
  • Often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. An additional role for RHITs is cancer registrars - compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients.

With experience, the RHIT credential holds solid potential for advancement to management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor's degree.

Although most RHITs work in hospitals, they are also found in other healthcare settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact, RHITs may be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Successfully complete the academic requirements, at an associate's degree 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.

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 that are currently waiting for their official transcripts
Source: AHIMA 2010
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
Your guide to RHIT careers, certification, and education.
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Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Career Overview & Degrees
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

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  • Health information employment rate is expected to grow by 21% between 2010 and 2020 (U.S. BLS)
  • Credentialed RHITs enjoyed average salaries of $52,771, while coders with just the CCA certification earned an average of $36,893 (AHIMA, 2008)
  • Health Information education and credentialing is important and can be done fairly quickly. A CAHIIM accredited 2 year degree and the RHIT certification are needed to become an RHIT.

RHITs Must Earn a CAHIIM Accredited Degree

93% of RHITs surveyed by AHIMA hold a degree. A CAHIIM accredited Associate Degree in Health Information Technology is required to sit for AHIMA's RHIT Certification exam. Based on the quality for which an AHIMA certification represents, most employers value and prefer candidates with AHIMA credentials. With experience, the RHIT credential holds solid potential for advancement to management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor's degree.

Note: To be eligible for AHIMA's RHIT Certification exam, candidates must have earned an associate degree in health information management or technology in a CAHIIM accredited program.

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DeVry University Online
U.S. & Canadian Applicants

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 Technology
Associate of Applied Science

CAHIIM Accredited
Qualify for AHIMA's RHIT Certification
Online or Campus Available

DeVry's CAHIIM accredited Health Information Technology program follows a curriculum based on current associate degree entry-level competencies outlined by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Students will have the opportunity to gain professional practice experience through 2 practicum. This HIT program prepares graduates to work with applications systems and manage electronic health information databases. Graduates of the HIT program will be eligible to sit for AHIMA's RHIT Certification exam. This program is available via online or campus.

This program is also available on-campus at the following locations: Pomona CA, Decatur GA, Chicago IL, North Brunswick NJ, Charlotte NC, Morrisville NC, Columbus OH, Seven Hills OH, Ft.Washington PA, Houston TX, Irving TX.

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Health Information Management
Bachelor of Science

CAHIIM Accredited
Qualify for AHIMA's RHIA Certification
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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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.

Kaplan University Online

Health Information Technology
Associate of Applied Science

CAHIIM Accredited
Qualify for AHIMA's RHIT Certification
Kaplan Commitment Program: Tuition-Free 3-Week Trial*

The CAHIIM accredited Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program blends online coursework with on-ground clinical experiences. The objective of this degree program is to help prepare graduates with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required to pursue entry-level positions in the competitive and growing health information management field. Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for AHIMA's RHIT Certification exam.

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*Kaplan University is committed to providing quality education and serving your goals. With the Kaplan Commitment, students can enroll and attend classes for the first 3 weeks with no financial obligation beyond the application fee. Kaplan Commitment is available to new students, online or on campus.

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 Information Management
Bachelor of Science

CAHIIM Accredited

This CAHIIM accredited program provides a unique path for RHITs to obtain their BS in HIM in just 2 ¼ years. This program has been tailor-made for working RHITs who don't want to be bogged down with countless electives in their efforts to obtain a Bachelor's degree. The accelerated curriculum-made possible by an advanced network of support-prepares students to truly excel in the field. This RHIT progression program builds on the knowledge and skills acquired through prior education and work experience. Graduates of this program are equipped with the knowledge to take AHIMA's RHIA certification exam.

Courses are scheduled in two five-week periods per term to allow learners to focus their studies on one course at a time. This pace allows learners to successfully complete the Bachelor's degree in HIM in only 9 quarters (2 ¼ years).

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.

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