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Health Informatics MS

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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.
HIM Career Pathways
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Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Career Overview & Degrees
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Ranked #4 of Top Nine Hot College Majors
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  • Health information employment rate is expected to grow by 15% between 2014 and 2024 (U.S. BLS).
  • Credentials make a difference in your earning potential and competitiveness. According to the U.S. BLS, Health Information Technicians earned a median salary of $37,1100 in 2015, while Health Managers earned a median salary of $94,500. According to AHIMA's 2012 Salary Survey, health information professionals earned average salaries of $40,930 to $56,807 in 2012, depending on their credentials. Job prospects can be best for those with a certification in health information, such as the RHIT.
  • 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 Degree from a CAHIIM Accredited Program

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.

RHIT Overview
RHIT Outlook and Salary Potential

Salary and employment figures are based on a national median and may vary by location.

Online Schools - Registered Health Information Technician
Kaplan University Online Editor's Choice

Health Information Technology
Associate of Applied Science

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

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 can be eligible to sit for AHIMA's RHIT Certification exam.

Health Information Management
Bachelor of Science (Degree Completion)

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

Kaplan University's CAHIIM accredited online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management offers a solid foundation in planning, designing, managing, and evaluating electronic health information and data systems. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on areas including information systems and technology for health care, management of health information, advanced reimbursement methodology, advanced health informatics, and organizational development for health care. This program is for individuals who have already earned a CAHIIM accredited AAS in Health Information Technology and wish to advance their education and expand their career potential.

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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 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.

Colorado Technical University Online

Colorado Technical University has been ranked among the Best Online Bachelor Programs for 2015 by U.S. News & World Report. CTU offers professionally focused degree programs through our award-winning educational model. CTU boasts over 75,000 graduates and is proud to be ranked as a military friendly school.

Health Informatics
Bachelor of Science

Colorado Technical University's Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management - Health Informatics degree offers instruction in the business and administrative side of the healthcare industry, including, but not limited to, patient access, revenue cycle management, project management, economics of healthcare, and fundamentals of marketing and human resource management. The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management degree program with a concentration in Health Informatics is designed to help students obtain the didactic theory and hands-on training required to pursue work in management within a healthcare industry.

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. UIC has been ranked among Best Online Bachelor Programs for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report. UIC 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’sCAHIIM 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.

Ultimate Medical Academy Online

Medical Billing and Coding
Associate of Science

Complete in Just 18 Months
Prepare to Sit for AAPC's CPC Certification Exam

The Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding degree program builds on the core courses of our Medical Billing and Coding diploma training program, adding further instruction in business, communication and healthcare to round out the career-focused curriculum. UMA's Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding graduates may apply for entry-level positions as a medical billing specialist, medical coder or insurance claims analyst. Holding an associate degree may provide an advantage when applying for jobs and seeking future promotional opportunities in the field. Students also prepare to take the Certified Professional Coding (CPC) exam offered through the American Academy of Professional Coding (AAPC).

Medical Billing and Coding

Complete in Just 10 Months
Prepare to Sit for AAPC's CPC Certification Exam

The UMA Diploma program can be completed in less than 10 months and offers the core courses necessary for individuals seeking successful entry into the growing healthcare field. At 39 semester credits, the education and training focus is primarily on how to process healthcare claims, medical records, and the accurate coding of medical and surgical procedures using proper terminology. In addition, students will learn software systems used in the field.

Potential entry-level job position titles for Diploma graduates include Medical Billing Specialist, Medical Coder and Insurance Claims Analyst or other positions in private practices and healthcare providers or facilities. Students also prepare to take the Certified Professional Coding (CPC) exam offered through the American Academy of Professional Coding (AAPC).

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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