Need Advice Regarding RHIT/RHIA Education

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applicant in Glen Head, New York

74 months ago

My goal is to return to work after being a stay at home mom. I am 50 something and my husband of 25 years wants a divorce. I reside in a NYC suburb. I have a bachelor degree in Biology/Psychology and some work experience as a cardiac technician, but lack current cardiac credentialing. My extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology is leading me to consider the field of health information management. So my questions are:
1.) Will I be able to get a job in this field without experience and what would the starting salary be?
2.) Given that I have a BA degree, what credentials should I seek to get me a job quickly with a salary sufficient to live on?

Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you.

Sana Qazi in Naperville, Illinois

66 months ago

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri said: Michele,

Is your program online. Where is the school?

work for DeVry University, we offer the HIT AA online with the ahima cahiim accreditation. The degree will take 1yr 3months to complete entirely online.
Transferrable credits can be evaluated for transfer.
You can also earn a Bachelors degree in Health Information Management, which will
incorporate HIT, and add management to your portfolio.
If you have any questions or need any further advise feel free to contact me
at sqazi@devry.edu

Sana Qazi in Naperville, Illinois

66 months ago

michelle in Antioch, Tennessee said: Health Information Management Is a B.S. degree from a four year college. It allows you to get RHIA credentials when you pass the exam. It allows you to do all that HIM does plus become Director or a Manager of a facility.

The HIT Health Information Technician can do all except be managers or directors. Maybe an HIT that had been in the feild for a long time may be able to obtain a supervisor or management position I am not sure.

Both has to be credentialed through CAHIIM and AHIMA approved.RHIA is more Director and Manager geared.

DeVry University is fully Ahima Cahiim Accredited, as well as accelerated. The program is fully online. The HIM BA can be earned in 2yrs 8months, and the HIT AA can be earned in 1yr 3months, without any prior college. The next starting date begins March 1st, email me if you have any questions sqazi@devry.edu. I am an admissions advisor and here to help!

Sana Qazi in Naperville, Illinois

66 months ago

Sonjat in Spokane, Washington said: I was just checking out HIT accredited program for myself and noticed that Tacoma Community College has an Online program, just as you have posted. I am looking at it as well. Maybe since I am a Washington resident it will be less for me. Does anyone know what the difference is between Health Information Management and Health Information Technology? They seem to be the same. Spokane Community College accepts students in the Fall, so I am looking elsewhere because I don't want to wait.

DeVry University is fully Ahima Cahiim Accredited, as well as accelerated. The program is fully online. The HIM BA can be earned in 2yrs 8months, and the HIT AA can be earned in 1yr 3months, without any prior college. The next starting date begins March 1st, email me if you have any questions sqazi@devry.edu. I am an admissions advisor and here to help!

Sonjat in Spokane, Washington

65 months ago

Sana Qazi in Naperville, Illinois said: completely understand, school can be very expensive. Did you apply for financial aid through DeVry? The reason I ask is because DeVry is Title IV funded, what that means is that we can get you more grants than a school that is not. I wish you the best of luck, but just make sure that you go to an accredited school, because you don't want to spend any money if your degree does not have a return.. Feel free to get back to me with any questions.

Sana..After speaking with DeVry, I found out I would be able to transfer 21 credits from my MOS degree, which was great, but the cost was still up there. I didn't go through finding out how much the TITLE IV funding would decrease it, because I had only so much time to cancel the contract. You can personally email me at letsgosurfin2@hotmail.com if you like. I am currently registering at 2 colleges in Washington that have very reasonable tuition and of course are AHIMA accredited. Depending on which offers me the best choices is the one I will pick.

tgall in Fort Riley, Kansas

65 months ago

hi, My medical coding online course will finish really soon. and I am looking for HIT or HIM online program, today I just try to contact Herzing Univercity. but she did not call me yet.
anyway I would like to know about DeVry too. I can send my transcript and probably I will use military finance program too. so if you donot mind please send email me, here is my email account, tomomigallagher@hotmail.com I would like to know about DeVry. Thank you so much

student in Dayton, Ohio

65 months ago

tgall in Fort Riley, Kansas said: hi, My medical coding online course will finish really soon. and I am looking for HIT or HIM online program, today I just try to contact Herzing Univercity. but she did not call me yet.
anyway I would like to know about DeVry too. I can send my transcript and probably I will use military finance program too. so if you donot mind please send email me, here is my email account, tomomigallagher@hotmail.com I would like to know about DeVry. Thank you so much

Hutchinson Community College in Kansas has a CAHIIM approved online RHIT program.

cms.hutchcc.edu/hcc/home.aspx?menu_id=88&head_id=1226&id=1228

tgall in Fort Riley, Kansas

65 months ago

student in Dayton, Ohio said: Hutchinson Community College in Kansas has a CAHIIM approved online RHIT program.

cms.hutchcc.edu/hcc/home.aspx?menu_id=88&head_id=1226&id=1228

I will take a look thier site.. Thank you so much for link . I appreciate it.

tgall in Fort Riley, Kansas

65 months ago

Also,Choosing school is really tough to go thru. I just move to KS from WA state a couple month ago, personally I like WA better than here over all. Here is nothing much school and program choice, K-state is good school but they does not have HIT or HIM.so Online is good for me.
How do you decide school ?

nikmills in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

65 months ago

tfmech in Florence, Kentucky said: Hi, I work in a Medical Records department. I have recently finished an online course for Medical Coding. Unfortunately it isn't AHIMA certified. I also have a AS in Biology from a very long time ago. I am looking to get my RHIT so that I can have more options in my department. Any suggestions on how to proceed? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

You can attend Rasmussen College online, they work with you and your schedule. I am attending Rasmussen College for the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology and they are going to pay for my RHIT certification. And they are very helpful and they call and check up on your books and your attendance. And it has no certain schedule to be in class.
www. Rasmussen.edu -----check it out-------

nkmills225@gmail.com

P.S.
tell me what you think about
Rasmussen College and I'll give you
some more infor!!!!!!!

Jamie McCaughey in Covington, Kentucky

65 months ago

I am currently deciding if I should get a Coding Certificate or my AS in HIT then go for a BS in HIM. I've taken a few classes online at Santa Barbara City College in HIT. I've been talking to Kaplan University and Cincinnati State and need some advice as to what area would have more opportunities. I do not have any healthcare experience, but I do have a Communications degree. Help!

student in Franklin, Ohio

65 months ago

Jamie McCaughey in Covington, Kentucky said: I am currently deciding if I should get a Coding Certificate or my AS in HIT then go for a BS in HIM. I've taken a few classes online at Santa Barbara City College in HIT. I've been talking to Kaplan University and Cincinnati State and need some advice as to what area would have more opportunities. I do not have any healthcare experience, but I do have a Communications degree. Help!

What about Sinclair? They have an online program and its one of the best around. It's a lot cheaper than SBCC.

student in Franklin, Ohio

65 months ago

nikmills in Baton Rouge, Louisiana said: You can attend Rasmussen College online, they work with you and your schedule. I am attending Rasmussen College for the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology and they are going to pay for my RHIT certification. And they are very helpful and they call and check up on your books and your attendance. And it has no certain schedule to be in class.
www. Rasmussen.edu -----check it out-------

nkmills225@gmail.com

P.S.
tell me what you think about
Rasmussen College and I'll give you
some more infor!!!!!!!

The online program isn't accredited by CAHIIM. You won't be able to sit for the RHIT exam unless its accredited by CAHIIM.

The only accredited Rasmussen programs were the ones on campus in MN and one in IL.

# Brooklyn Park, MN * * *
# Eagan, MN * * *
# Eden Prairie, MN * * *
# Lake Elmo/Woodbury, MN * * *
# Mankato, MN * * *
# Rockford, IL * * *
# St. Cloud, MN * * *

Jamie McCaughey in Covington, Kentucky

65 months ago

student in Franklin, Ohio said: What about Sinclair? They have an online program and its one of the best around. It's a lot cheaper than SBCC.

I will look into Sinclair. I enjoyed SBCC but the classes filled up soooo quickly I was only able to get in 1 or 2 classes a semster.

Brad in Naperville, Illinois

65 months ago

Check the program's accreditation at the AHIMA website. There are ONLY a couple of online programs that have the proper accreditation. bgrey@devry.edu

student in Franklin, Ohio

65 months ago

Brad in Naperville, Illinois said: Check the program's accreditation at the AHIMA website. There are ONLY a couple of online programs that have the proper accreditation. bgrey@devry.edu

A lot of colleges are offering the program online that is accredited through CAHIIM. Most have an accredited online or on campus program.

I just checked CAHIIM and they have 60 accredited online programs.

Brad in Naperville, Illinois

65 months ago

I should have put the word 100% online in my previous comment. Virtually all of them are jucos that will ultimately require you to take courses on the campus. They simply don't have the resources (financially or manpower-wise) to have EVERY class in the program online.

student in Franklin, Ohio

65 months ago

Brad in Naperville, Illinois said: I should have put the word 100% online in my previous comment. Virtually all of them are jucos that will ultimately require you to take courses on the campus. They simply don't have the resources (financially or manpower-wise) to have EVERY class in the program online.

My program offers every class online and its a JUCO.

student in Franklin, Ohio

65 months ago

student in Franklin, Ohio said: My program offers every class online and its a JUCO.

I should add many others are the same way. We have students from different states taking the program online. Alfred State in NY offers their entire program (pre-regs included) online, so does Hutchinson CC in Kansas. Its becoming the norm. A lot of general ed classes like English, History, even Maths are offered online. Now some like Math require a proctor for the exams so if your out of state you have to go to a local college or testing center to take it.

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

65 months ago

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri said: Michele,

Is your program online. Where is the school?

Sorry it took me to response. My school is Minnesota State community and technical colleges/Moorehead,Minnesota

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

65 months ago

student in Franklin, Ohio said: A lot of colleges are offering the program online that is accredited through CAHIIM. Most have an accredited online or on campus program.

I just checked CAHIIM and they have 60 accredited online programs.

All AAS degrees need 64 credits. My school required 64

Mr_Sandman in Walla Walla, Washington

65 months ago

I'm contemplating a career change. What I read about Medical Coding and the career prospects around HIT sound enticing. My question is this; I already have a Bachelors degree and Masters degree but in a totally unrelated field. Does it make sense for me to pursue the AAS or should I, with the credits I already have accumulated, go for the bachelors degree? Or should one become certified as a coder first and then get more schooling? Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

Sana Qazi in Naperville, Illinois

65 months ago

Mr_Sandman in Walla Walla, Washington said: I'm contemplating a career change. What I read about Medical Coding and the career prospects around HIT sound enticing. My question is this; I already have a Bachelors degree and Masters degree but in a totally unrelated field. Does it make sense for me to pursue the AAS or should I, with the credits I already have accumulated, go for the bachelors degree? Or should one become certified as a coder first and then get more schooling? Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

Medical Billing and Coding is a great field, so it is definitely worth the contemplation. The thing about pursuing your Bachelors in Health information Management is that you have to have an Associates in Health information technology to be accepted to a reputable Ahima Cahiim certified school. The AA also needs to be Ahima Cahiim Certified to move forward as well. If you need further information feel free to contact me at sqazi@devry.edu, or through this forum. I am an admissions advisor here at DeVry University. We are fully Ahima Cahiim certified. Also you can receive your AA in HIT (heath information technology) in about 1yr 3months.

Ms. K in Port Washington, New York

64 months ago

Sana Qazi in Naperville, Illinois said: Medical Billing and Coding is a great field, so it is definitely worth the contemplation. The thing about pursuing your Bachelors in Health information Management is that you have to have an Associates in Health information technology to be accepted to a reputable Ahima Cahiim certified school. The AA also needs to be Ahima Cahiim Certified to move forward as well. If you need further information feel free to contact me at sqazi@devry.edu, or through this forum. I am an admissions advisor here at DeVry University. We are fully Ahima Cahiim certified. Also you can receive your AA in HIT (heath information technology) in about 1yr 3months.

Sana,

I have a BS in Information Systems and worked for 10 years as a computer programmer/systems analyst. I left my career 10 years ago to raise my kids. For the past 4 years, I have been working as a bookkeeper (non-medical). I am interested in an HIM degree primarily because I think my background in computers will be useful.

But as I investigate further, I am getting the impression that the HIM degree will not get me much of a job because I don't have any medical-type experience. Or that this degree will just make me a 'credentialed' medical-coder. Is my impression incorrect? I am really looking for a challenging position -- my current bookkeeping job is boring me to death!

I am looking at the BS program at the Long Island University --they are CAHIIM accredited.

Any guidance you can provide will be much appreciated!

Ms. K in Port Washington, New York

64 months ago

Thank you for your reply, Sana. The Health Information Management program at LIU is a 4-year Bachelors degree accredited by CAHIIM -- so I assume it encompasses the AA in HIT. My Bachelors degree in Information Systems was under the School of Business and I also have 12 credits towards an MBA, so I am guessing a good deal of credit will be transferable.

I guess my question to you is: What type of job/career will this degree qualify me for? I am going back to school in order to start a new profession. I am thinking about HIM because health-care is a growing field. BUT, I don't want to put the time and money into a degree that will qualify me only for what is essentially skilled clerical work (i.e. medical coding). I don't want to simply replace one clerical job (my current bookkeeping) for another. I am looking for a professional career with growth and challenges where there is interaction with other professionals.

Thanks for any insight you can give me...

CharCar in Erie, Pennsylvania

64 months ago

Please help me I have been reading these comments and now I am confused. I was contemplating taking a medical coding course through Gatlin Education Services which offers courses through a local university's adult and continuing education department.
You receive no credits for this course.
The name of the course is Administrative Medical Specialist (AMS) online training course with Medical Billing and Coding.

Upon completion of this course you can become a CCS.

Is this enough to receive employment or do you need a RHIT to obtain gainful employment?

I need to know before wasting money
Thank You

student in Franklin, Ohio

64 months ago

CharCar in Erie, Pennsylvania said: Please help me I have been reading these comments and now I am confused. I was contemplating taking a medical coding course through Gatlin Education Services which offers courses through a local university's adult and continuing education department.
You receive no credits for this course.
The name of the course is Administrative Medical Specialist (AMS) online training course with Medical Billing and Coding.

Upon completion of this course you can become a CCS.

Is this enough to receive employment or do you need a RHIT to obtain gainful employment?

I need to know before wasting money
Thank You

You won't become a CCS after doing the course. You have to pass the CCS exam which is a very hard test. I think it has about a 60% pass rate. You have to pass the first part before you are allowed to go onto the second part (coding). The coding portion is a timed test and you need to be able to read the charts and code each in 13 minutes or less. Its possible to pass the test without on the job experience but you have to study very hard.

The CCS is usually enough to get a job. You can get a coding job with an RHIT degree. I think a lot of people go with the RHIT degree because you can code but also do a lot of other jobs with it.

J in Chesapeake, Virginia

64 months ago

Sana Qazi in Naperville, Illinois said: Ms K, can you please email my work email address, sqazi@devry.edu I will be able to better explain on this format. Thanks

Think twice before going to school for RHIT. Once certified its almost impossible to land a job in the field with no previous medical experience. Conduct a job search online for coder or RHIT or medical records technician. You will see almost all want experience and a HIT degree in leiu is not acceptable for experience.

Brad in Woodridge, Illinois

64 months ago

The program here at DeVry provides you with TWO separate internships to give you the experience in the field. Some students are even able to work there upon completion of the program and the earning of their RHIT. If nothing else, you will be able to to get a letter of recomendation (provided you do a good job) bgrey@devry.edu

Michelle in Erie, Pennsylvania

63 months ago

1. If you are taking any coding program that is not approved by AHIMA, don't waste your time or money if you wish to work in a hospital or affiliated hospital clinic. The CCS, or CCA at minimum are the gold-standards. Go to this website to learn more about REAL coding programs.
www.ahima.org/medicalcoding/medical_coding_certification.asp

2. As an RHIT myself, I am surprised to see comments regarding lack of job prospects! The RHIT is a wonderful credential which allows for much mobility, earning power and flexibility. Combined with a bachelor's degree, RHIT's are qualified for many management jobs, are looked upon for expertise in data management, release of information, abstracting and coding.

3. If you are going to a private career school for coding that does not appear on the AHIMA approved list, don't expect to work as an acute care coder.

Good Luck to all of you!

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

63 months ago

Sana Qazi in Naperville, Illinois said: work for DeVry University, we offer the HIT AA online with the ahima cahiim accreditation. The degree will take 1yr 3months to complete entirely online.
Transferrable credits can be evaluated for transfer.
You can also earn a Bachelors degree in Health Information Management, which will
incorporate HIT, and add management to your portfolio.
If you have any questions or need any further advise feel free to contact me
at sqazi@devry.edu

I doubt if your HIT degree takes 1 year and three months A HIT degree is 64-70 hours. depending how many credits you start with. And you may work for the university,but the rates are a rip off compare to other schools.

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

63 months ago

Michelle in Erie, Pennsylvania said: 1. If you are taking any coding program that is not approved by AHIMA, don't waste your time or money if you wish to work in a hospital or affiliated hospital clinic. The CCS, or CCA at minimum are the gold-standards. Go to this website to learn more about REAL coding programs.
www.ahima.org/medicalcoding/medical_coding_certification.asp

2. As an RHIT myself, I am surprised to see comments regarding lack of job prospects! The RHIT is a wonderful credential which allows for much mobility, earning power and flexibility. Combined with a bachelor's degree, RHIT's are qualified for many management jobs, are looked upon for expertise in data management, release of information, abstracting and coding.

3. If you are going to a private career school for coding that does not appear on the AHIMA approved list, don't expect to work as an acute care coder.

Good Luck to all of you!

Michele,

Thanks for your comments. i will take my exam in June and are already concern about getting a job.

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

63 months ago

student in Franklin, Ohio said: My program offers every class online and its a JUCO.

Actually my program is 100% on line. That is pretty common. I go to Minnesota State

Jamie McCaughey in Covington, Kentucky

63 months ago

I've taken HIT classes at Santa Barbara City College but they do offer enough classes. I am looking to go somewhere else. My main goal is to get a BS in HIM, but am looking for an online school to continue classes for my AS. Any suggestions? I was looking at Cincinnati State, they have CAHIIM accreditation, not AHIMA. Will that cause problems when I am trying to get in a bachelors program, or get a job??

Brad in Naperville, Illinois

63 months ago

I can help answer questions as it relates to DeVry University's program bgrey@devry.edu

student in Middletown, Ohio

63 months ago

Jamie McCaughey in Covington, Kentucky said: I've taken HIT classes at Santa Barbara City College but they do offer enough classes. I am looking to go somewhere else. My main goal is to get a BS in HIM, but am looking for an online school to continue classes for my AS. Any suggestions? I was looking at Cincinnati State, they have CAHIIM accreditation, not AHIMA. Will that cause problems when I am trying to get in a bachelors program, or get a job??

You want a school that is CAHIIM accredited that is through AHIMA. Cincinnati State is a good program as is Sinclair. They are both offered 100% online. I go to Sinclair and love it. UC has a 2 year BS completion program once you pass your RHIT, it is also completely online and CAHIIM accredited.

Ferris Student in Grand Rapids, Michigan

63 months ago

CStrumbe in Caledonia, Michigan said: I'm interested in becoming a coder. I have 8 years billing experience in a Family Practice, no college education. What is the best direction to get started? Online or Community College? Where? I'm near Grand Raids, MI.

Hi Ferris in GR offers very good education. They offer evening and online class. ask if your work experience can transfer into billing course credit. Good Luck!

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

63 months ago

Polly in Houston, Texas said: I graduated last year with an AAS degree in Health Information Management, and still have not found a job. Most hospitals want experience, which besides 2 clinicals at hospitals in the medical records dept, I do not have. Truthfully, I would find something else to do. I graduated with a 3.91 GPA, and was in Phi Theta Kappa, and still No job. After a while this becomes depressing. I will probably go back to school soon, for another degree. It gets tiring beating your head against the wall. I believe this degree is not all that I was lead to believe that it was, and I wish I would have known this before I wasted my time and energy on what I feel like now is a use less degree.

you said you have a degree in HIT, no mention of RHIT or if the school had the accreditation. That may be the biggest PROBLEM. I go to Minnesota State/is fully accredited by AHIMA will sit for the EXAM in June.

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

63 months ago

Jamie McCaughey in Covington, Kentucky said: I've taken HIT classes at Santa Barbara City College but they do offer enough classes. I am looking to go somewhere else. My main goal is to get a BS in HIM, but am looking for an online school to continue classes for my AS. Any suggestions? I was looking at Cincinnati State, they have CAHIIM accreditation, not AHIMA. Will that cause problems when I am trying to get in a bachelors program, or get a job??

Schools that are CAHIIM are AHIMA they co inside.

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

63 months ago

Brad in Naperville, Illinois said: Check the program's accreditation at the AHIMA website. There are ONLY a couple of online programs that have the proper accreditation. bgrey@devry.edu

There is a lot of online program that are online and thru AHIMA. Check them out at AHIMA website.

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri

63 months ago

Does anyone know about cancer Registrar. i am going to take my RHIT exam in June

grad in Chesapeake, Virginia

63 months ago

Polly in Houston, Texas said: I graduated last year with an AAS degree in Health Information Management, and still have not found a job. Most hospitals want experience, which besides 2 clinicals at hospitals in the medical records dept, I do not have. Truthfully, I would find something else to do. I graduated with a 3.91 GPA, and was in Phi Theta Kappa, and still No job. After a while this becomes depressing. I will probably go back to school soon, for another degree. It gets tiring beating your head against the wall. I believe this degree is not all that I was lead to believe that it was, and I wish I would have known this before I wasted my time and energy on what I feel like now is a use less degree.

Polly, I am in the same boat as you. Graduated with AAS in HIT and still no job in HIT. I am still looking though.

student in Middletown, Ohio

63 months ago

linda@columbia in Columbia, Missouri said: Does anyone know about cancer Registrar. i am going to take my RHIT exam in June

I've been looking into that aswell. I know AHIMA has an online program where you take courses that will make you eligible for the CTR exam (Certified Tumor Register). Some colleges also offer tumor register degree which is two years. BTW cancer and tumor register are the same thing. AHIMA's program has pre-reqs but if you have your RHIT you don't have to take the pre-regs you can go straight into the actual courses. A lot of the pre-regs are ones you would need for your RHIT.

I don't think you need your RHIT to do a Cancer registery course but from the jobs I've seen in the field an RHIT plus CTR certification is a major plus.

campus.ahima.org/Campus/course_info/CRM/crm_intro.html

smiley in Jeffersonville, Indiana

62 months ago

michelle in Antioch, Tennessee said: Health Information Management Is a B.S. degree from a four year college. It allows you to get RHIA credentials when you pass the exam. It allows you to do all that HIM does plus become Director or a Manager of a facility.

The HIT Health Information Technician can do all except be managers or directors. Maybe an HIT that had been in the feild for a long time may be able to obtain a supervisor or management position I am not sure.

Both has to be credentialed through CAHIIM and AHIMA approved.RHIA is more Director and Manager geared.

I am an MT and have done this steady for now 7 years with the same company. I am thinking about futhering my career in the medical field and was thinking along the lines of HIM. I would love to have some information on that, whatever you can tell me. Thanks!

I in Tustin, California

62 months ago

Can you become a health information technologist with a misdemeanor in prostitution? It was three years ago and I plan on getting it expunged. Im in california and want to work in southern california or my my hometown seattle, wa. I already have a bachelors in Social work.

Thank you!

PS. the only thing on my record.

Brad in Naperville, Illinois

62 months ago

I can help answer any questions you have as it relates to DeVry, we offer an HIM program. Send me an e-mail bgrey@devry.edu

HIM-in-Berkeley in Sunnyvale, California

62 months ago

Mr_Sandman in Walla Walla, Washington said: I'm contemplating a career change. What I read about Medical Coding and the career prospects around HIT sound enticing. My question is this; I already have a Bachelors degree and Masters degree but in a totally unrelated field. Does it make sense for me to pursue the AAS or should I, with the credits I already have accumulated, go for the bachelors degree? Or should one become certified as a coder first and then get more schooling? Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

Have you considered taking a graduate certificate in HIM? Oregon Health Science University, CAHIIM/AHIMA accredited, has a HIM online certificate program that you can complete fulltime in 1 year. Here is the link: www.ohsu.edu/ohsuedu/academic/som/dmice/academics/certificatehimtrack.cfm

Hopeful in Mesa, Arizona

62 months ago

HIM-in-Berkeley in Sunnyvale, California said: Have you considered taking a graduate certificate in HIM? Oregon Health Science University, CAHIIM/AHIMA accredited, has a HIM online certificate program that you can complete fulltime in 1 year. Here is the link: www.ohsu.edu/ohsuedu/academic/som/dmice/academics/certificatehimtrack.cfm

Mr. Sandman would have to take the prerequisite CPT & ICD9 classes before he could apply for the OHSU program, yes?

HIM-in-Berkeley in Sunnyvale, California

62 months ago

Hopeful in Mesa, Arizona said: Mr. Sandman would have to take the prerequisite CPT & ICD9 classes before he could apply for the OHSU program, yes?

Yes. He will have to take The prerequiste CPT & ICD9 courses. THese courses are also offered by AHIMA online. Here is some info about the prerequiste courses from the OHSU website. The last paragraph is especially pertinent for prospects who do not have an HIM background:

Prerequisites.
Students who have graduated from an accredited health information technician program and have a baccalaureate degree will move directly into the HIM program without any prerequisite courses. Those who have not completed an accredited health information technician program will need to complete the following prerequisite courses: Medical Terminology, Pharmacotherapy, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, ICD9 and CPT. Students will also have the option to test out of Medical Terminology, Pharmacotherapy, ICD9 and CPT.

If you do not have the prerequisites for the HIM program, an alternative is to take the AHIMA HIM basic courses. For the coding prerequisite you need only take the ICD I and the CPT I courses. However, the ICD 2 and CPT 2 courses would enhance your understanding of coding systems (AHIMA HIM Basic Courses).

Ray Winter in Alexandria, Virginia

62 months ago

I'm so confused as well. O.K. I have a AAS and BS already, not in Health Informatics. I would like to get my Master in Health Informatics, can I still become RHIT certified? Does anyone know of any schools that offer RHIT certificaiton via Master's Degree????

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