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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.
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Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Career Overview & Degrees
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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.

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Kaplan University Online

Health Information Management
Bachelor of Science (Degree Completion)

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program is to prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to be an innovative and adaptable critical thinker and problem solver. Individuals that possess these qualities are capable of using available services and technologies to support operations, management, and decision-making initiatives within the health information field. In addition, the curriculum encourages lifelong learning and addresses the evolving professional skills of baccalaureate degree students.

Upon graduation, you may pursue positions that require you to perform either technical or management duties within the health information field. Typical duties may include overall department management; generation and analysis of health care data; implementation of quality improvement processes, risk management techniques, compliance strategies, and reimbursement procedures; research; and evaluation of legal issues. Employment opportunities may exist within hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, home health care, consulting companies, computer software companies, and government agencies.

Ashford University Online

Health Information Management
Bachelor of Science

The Ashford University Health Information Management program prepares graduates to enter the healthcare industry well versed in health information management, health data management, and management of health information services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that health information managers are among the fastest-growing occupations. If you want to work in the health care industry, but don't want to care for people directly, then this degree might be for you. With a broad healthcare background, graduates will seek employment in all levels of healthcare and interact with a wide spectrum of other healthcare professions. The curriculum blends the disciplines of management, finance, information technology, medicine and law into one program.

Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University Online

Business Information Systems
Bachelor of Arts

Build a repository of skills in the modern business environment when you earn your online Bachelor of Arts in Business Information Systems degree from the Forbes School of Business & Technology™ at Ashford University. This degree program is a great fit if you aspire to be a systems trainer, support specialist, e-commerce developer, or business analyst. Your Bachelor of Arts in Business Information Systems demonstrates your proficiency at designing, developing, implementing, as well as troubleshooting information systems in a high-tech organization. You will complete online coursework in database management, systems analysis, technology planning, programming concepts, business law, and procurement.

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Health Sciences / Healthcare Technology & Systems
Associate of Science

Get the training you need for a career in healthcare technology and systems. Professionals in this field may hold a position as computer technician, electronic data processing auditor or electronic health records specialist. Work environments may include healthcare software companies, medical hardware companies, hospitals and doctors' offices.

As a UMA student in this online program, you'll learn how to configure and troubleshoot healthcare software, help keep health records secure, operate a help desk and more. Some classes you would take include “Introduction to Information Technology,” “Health Records Management” and “Medical Terminology.” UMA provides an engaging online learning experience with personal feedback from instructors, educational videos and live study group sessions.

bestcollegesColorado 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.

Healthcare Management / Health Informatics
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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.

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