Interested in becoming a RHIA so that I can go to Occupational Therapy School

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OTGirl in Roselle, New Jersey

13 months ago

So, I have a BA degree in psychology, but the cost of a master's degree in occupational therapy is so expensive, and I don't want to take out student loans. A lot of people tried to convince me to pursue my dream of being an occupational therapist and just take out loans, but I refuse to do so. I was thinking instead, to get a certification in medical billing and coding along with my BA degree in psychology so that I can save money to go to school for my master's degree in OT. I would be eligible for a grant to go to this medical billing and coding certification school, but I don't know if I could be a RHIA to make enough money to be an OT. What should I do? Or is a certification in medical billing and coding enough to earn the money to go to OT school? Please let me know what I should do. I would appreciate it. Ultimately, I want to be an OT in the future. I used to want to be a doctor, but I found out that it wouldn't fit the type of lifestyle I wanted to live, which would be a balance between family and work. Plus, I would most likely get into DO school, and primary care doctors have it hard. That's why OT school makes more sense to me than medical school, although sometimes I feel bad that I didn't become a doctor. However, many people tell me being a doctor isn't so great anymore. Anyway, bottom line, I want to be an OT as I am 30 going on 31 and am too old to go to medical school. Plus, I want to have kids and have time to be there for them.

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shannen in Normal, Illinois

13 months ago

Considering working on a MPH while getting a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in RHIA. Am I crazy? What if I do one of the programs part-time while I complete the other full-time? Thanks for the advice!

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Bluetea in Texas

13 months ago

OTGirl in Roselle, New Jersey said: So, I have a BA degree in psychology, but the cost of a master's degree in occupational therapy is so expensive, and I don't want to take out student loans. A lot of people tried to convince me to pursue my dream of being an occupational therapist and just take out loans, but I refuse to do so. I was thinking instead, to get a certification in medical billing and coding along with my BA degree in psychology so that I can save money to go to school for my master's degree in OT. I would be eligible for a grant to go to this medical billing and coding certification school, but I don't know if I could be a RHIA to make enough money to be an OT. What should I do? Or is a certification in medical billing and coding enough to earn the money to go to OT school? Please let me know what I should do. I would appreciate it. Ultimately, I want to be an OT in the future. I used to want to be a doctor, but I found out that it wouldn't fit the type of lifestyle I wanted to live, which would be a balance between family and work. Plus, I would most likely get into DO school, and primary care doctors have it hard. That's why OT school makes more sense to me than medical school, although sometimes I feel bad that I didn't become a doctor. However, many people tell me being a doctor isn't so great anymore. Anyway, bottom line, I want to be an OT as I am 30 going on 31 and am too old to go to medical school. Plus, I want to have kids and have time to be there for them.

Whatever your decision, you want to stick with OT or patient care as much as possible. A BA in Psychology is a dime a dozen and not very marketable and according to my niece who is a medical biller, more and more of this is being automated. Again, stick with direct patient care.

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Riot in Massachusetts

13 months ago

I didn't do an exhaustive search, but Indeed's salary search shows that OTAs make roughly the same as RHIAs. Why not get an Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate's Degree from a Community College? Depending on your previous coursework, this could end up being just as quick and affordable as an RHIA post-bacc. The benefits of going this route are that you'll be in the field you are aiming for, you'll get experience in that field that can only help your application for an OT Master's program, and that your job will be less likely to be off-shored while you save up.

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OTgirl in Roselle, New Jersey

13 months ago

Thanks everyone for your input. I am thinking about doing an associate's degree in occupational therapy, but I am worried I might not get a grant or something. If I don't, then that option isn't for me. I would just try medical billing and coding to earn the money since they offered to give me a grant to go to school for free. I guess this is a hard decision to make. Then I would work a few years as a medical biller and coder to save up money for OT school and then quit or work part-time while going to OT school once I made all the money to pay the tuition in full. Is that a good idea? I mean, is it doable to work part-time and go to OT school full time? I'm a little afraid of this because I know OT school is rigorous. Your input would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

13 months ago

OTGirl in Roselle, New Jersey said: So, I have a BA degree in psychology, but the cost of a master's degree in occupational therapy is so expensive, and I don't want to take out student loans. A lot of people tried to convince me to pursue my dream of being an occupational therapist and just take out loans, but I refuse to do so. I was thinking instead, to get a certification in medical billing and coding along with my BA degree in psychology so that I can save money to go to school for my master's degree in OT. I would be eligible for a grant to go to this medical billing and coding certification school, but I don't know if I could be a RHIA to make enough money to be an OT. What should I do? Or is a certification in medical billing and coding enough to earn the money to go to OT school? Please let me know what I should do. I would appreciate it. Ultimately, I want to be an OT in the future. I used to want to be a doctor, but I found out that it wouldn't fit the type of lifestyle I wanted to live, which would be a balance between family and work. Plus, I would most likely get into DO school, and primary care doctors have it hard. That's why OT school makes more sense to me than medical school, although sometimes I feel bad that I didn't become a doctor. However, many people tell me being a doctor isn't so great anymore. Anyway, bottom line, I want to be an OT as I am 30 going on 31 and am too old to go to medical school. Plus, I want to have kids and have time to be there for them.

"RHIA" is totally different than "OT". "RHIAs" incorporate the areas of (Health Information Technology, Information Systems, Health Information Management, Privacy & Security, Project Management, Revenue Cycle, Clinical Documentation, Compliance, etc.) "OT" is direct patient contact with therapy modalities, i.e. (massage, heat/cold therapy, exercises, etc.) Please take a look at "RHIA" related links below to educate yourself better. "RHIAs" make the same or more tha

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

13 months ago

OTGirl in Roselle, New Jersey said: So, I have a BA degree in psychology, but the cost of a master's degree in occupational therapy is so expensive, and I don't want to take out student loans. A lot of people tried to convince me to pursue my dream of being an occupational therapist and just take out loans, but I refuse to do so. I was thinking instead, to get a certification in medical billing and coding along with my BA degree in psychology so that I can save money to go to school for my master's degree in OT. I would be eligible for a grant to go to this medical billing and coding certification school, but I don't know if I could be a RHIA to make enough money to be an OT. What should I do? Or is a certification in medical billing and coding enough to earn the money to go to OT school? Please let me know what I should do. I would appreciate it. Ultimately, I want to be an OT in the future. I used to want to be a doctor, but I found out that it wouldn't fit the type of lifestyle I wanted to live, which would be a balance between family and work. Plus, I would most likely get into DO school, and primary care doctors have it hard. That's why OT school makes more sense to me than medical school, although sometimes I feel bad that I didn't become a doctor. However, many people tell me being a doctor isn't so great anymore. Anyway, bottom line, I want to be an OT as I am 30 going on 31 and am too old to go to medical school. Plus, I want to have kids and have time to be there for them.

"RHIAs" make the same or more than "OTs" as the average salary in 2008 for an "RHIA" was almost $70,000 in USA ($ 68,000 to be exact), but now in 2013 it is most likely higher. Add a M.S. degree in Health/Biomedical Informatics to your B.S. degree in Health Information Management, and one is looking at a rewarding career with great salary/benefits, etc.

www.hicareers.com

www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2012/09/12/discover-9-new-college-maj

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

13 months ago

A "RHIA" has capability of making between $70,000 - $150,000 depending on what area one chooses to concentrate in: Management, IT, Informatics, EMR/EHR, Healthcare Compliance, Revenue Cycle/Reimbursement, etc. Add an advanced degree, i.e. (MBA, MS, MHA) as well.

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

13 months ago

I am a "RHIA" and I love my job. I am a "Program Manager" for a EMR/EHR software company. I love my job as well with a six figure salary and great benefits. I have also just finished my M.S. degree in Informatics as well which was a plus! Join AHIMA & HIMSS folks....great networking and latest industry related news as well!

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

13 months ago

Personally speaking, my sister is an "Occupational Therapist" and so is my aunt. I make more than them. Also, my two cousins are "Physical Therapists" and I make more than them as well. I believe the M.S. in OT and DPT are such a waste of money and time. I completed my B.S. in Health Information Management and I am making more money than these two degrees, and I have just finished my M.S. in Informatics as well which was a real added plus point. Allied health professionals all make around the same ball park salary figure, (Health Information Management(RHIA/Informatics), RN/NP, OT/PT, Pharmacy) in 2013.

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army1999 in Lake Zurich, Illinois

13 months ago

I currently have a B.S. in Public Health and am interested in health information technology. I want to know if it would be wise to get a medical billing specialist certificate first from a community college and find a job, then go back and get an associates or bachelor's in health information technology or just get an associates or bachelor's in health information technology? I see many openings that require to be either a RHIA or RHIT. Should I get the associates because it's more affordable since jobs are requiring to have either a RHIA or RHIT? Any response would be greatly appreciated.

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

12 months ago

'RHIA' (Registered Health Information Administrator) median salary in USA according to www.salary.com is $73,000. One can search by typing in "medical records administrator" when visiting www.salary.com and also read the job description as it states referring to 'RHIA'. So, I suggest people pursue their B.S. in Health Information Management and sit for the 'RHIA' certification exam afterwards. It pays off and is worth it.

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

12 months ago

Common Job Titles for Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) in 2013:

HIM Director, HIM Manager, Project Manager, Application Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Consultants,
Chief Compliance Officer, Privacy Director, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Project Director, Revenue Cycle Director, Corporate Compliance Officer, EMR/EHR implementation consultant, product manager, Clinical Informatics Analyst/Consultant, Operations Manager, Network Administrator, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)Specialist, Quality Assurance Manager/Director, DRG Auditors, Systems Administrator, EMR/EHR software trainer

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Batman1600 in Chicago, Illinois

12 months ago

I have my 'RHIA' from AHIMA and I work as a 'EMR/EHR IT project manager' for a hospital
in Illinois. I was going to go to 'Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy' school but changed my mind and finished the B.S. in Health Information Management program at University of Illinois-Chicago and after sat for the 'RHIA' exam. My friend is a 'Occupational Therapist' at the hospital I work at and he hates his job. I, on the other fact, love my job. The funny thing is I make more than him while he went through more years of schooling than me. He is now sitting for the "HIM/Health Informatics" program at University of Illinois-Chicago and sitting for the 'RHIA' exam to get into the "Health IT" field.

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James-007 in Los Angeles, California

12 months ago

I achieved my "RHIA" (Registered Health Information Administrator) certification recently. I am currently working as an "Operations Manager" at a big acute care facility near Los Angeles, CA and I make "six figures". I am a few credits away from completing my MBA degree from Pepperdine University as well. Honestly, I dont see myself doing any other job in the healthcare field. I love my job and don't regret my choice of becoming a "RHIA", and also since my employer is paying a good percentage of my MBA grad school program, this combination will ultimately help me excel in my career by having both my MBA and RHIA. If anyone is unsure about going to sit for the "RHIA" exam, Go for it! Trust me guys, you will not regret it at all! Visit www.hicareers.com to learn more.

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

11 months ago

Job Titles for "Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)" 2013 (no particular order):

1) Project Manager, 2) Clinical Informatics Analyst, 3) IT Manager, 4) HIM Director, 5) HIM Manager, 6) EMR Software Trainer,

7) Consultant, 8) Chief Information Officer (CIO), 9) Compliance Director, 10) Chief Compliance Officer (CCO),

11) Systems Analyst, 12) Privacy Director, 13) Business Analyst, 14) VP, 15) Regulatory Affairs Manager, 16) Quality Assurance

(QA) Director, 17) EMR Implementation Consultant, 18) Product Manager, 19)Chief Learning Officer (CLO), 20) Chief Knowledge

Officer (CKO), 21) Revenue Cycle Director, 22) Operations Manager, 23) Program Manager, 24) Practice Director,

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

11 months ago

25) Software Architect, 26) ICD-10 related jobs, 27) Health Information Services Director, 28) Professor (HIM/Informatics),

29) Chief Technology Officer (CTO), 30) Clinical Informatics Director, 31) R&D Scientist, 32) Information Security Manager,

33) Regional Director of HIM, 34) DRG Coding Auditor, 35) Clinical Informaticist, 36) Clinical Database Manager,

37) Clinical Informatics Project Manager, 38) HIM/Informatics Consultant, 39) Clinical Systems Training Manager,

40) Information Systems Manager/Director

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dboyz0123 in Youngstown, Ohio

10 months ago

Hold on, there is a difference in Health information and health informatics. The RHIA basically is for health information, correct? So who is it for health informatics?

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

10 months ago

dboyz0123 in Youngstown, Ohio said: Hold on, there is a difference in Health information and health informatics. The RHIA basically is for health information, correct? So who is it for health informatics?

For more information, visit:

www.hicareers.com

Once there, visit "HIM Career Map" on top left hand side, also view:

www.hicareers.com/Health_Information_101/profiles.aspx

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ZacMorris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

10 months ago

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

8 months ago

Check out:

1) hicareers.com/CareerMap/

2) www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo?tab=stories

3) ADVANCE for HIM Professionals (google it)

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Phylicia Boles in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

7 months ago

Hi, So I recently graduated from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC and received my ungrad degree in Sociology. I am currently working at The Children's Home as Residential Counselor in the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for children & adolescents. So yea, mostly behavioral health work. I am currently interested in applying for the OT Pragram at Winston-Salem State University; however, I still have to take my pre-requisites to apply. I was wondering does anyone know of any places that I can seek volunteer work and/or employment according to my degree to obtain some experiences in the field?? Help Please!

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Jay_1 in Brooklyn, New York

6 months ago

Salary range for "RHIA" credential : $60,000 - $200,000 (2013 onwards)

depending on type of position (job title), experience, location, if advanced degree

(i.e. MS, MBA, MHA) required in addition to having "RHIA", etc.

Different areas of concentration: (Management, Health IT (EMR, EHR), ICD-10, Healthcare

Compliance, Data Analytics, Professor (Academic), Revenue Cycle/Coding/Finance,

Informatics, Pharmaceutical companies, Software companies, etc.)

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

6 months ago

"RHIA" (Registered Health Information Administrator) related links to educate yourself:

(1) www.ahimafoundation.org/education/curricula.aspx

(2) hicareers.com/CareerMap/

(3) www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo

(4) health-information.advanceweb.com/

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justkimmie in Bullhead City, Arizona

5 months ago

Can anyone recommend a really well known good reliable school online to obtain my degreee in RHIA? I would really like to get started on this immediately. Anyone have any advice as to a good school they can recommend.

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

5 months ago

Visit website below for HIM & Informatics programs:

www.cahiim.org/

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CookieMonster2013 in Washington DC, District of Columbia

5 months ago

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LoganTeamX in Chicago, Illinois

4 months ago

"RHIA" (Registered Health Information Administrator)* jobs/salaries across USA 2014 :

*Depending on job/position title, years of experience, location, grad/advanced degree

( MHA, MS, MPH, MBA ) w/ RHIA -- ($60,000 - $250,000)

[ Health IT, Coding/Health Finance, Health Compliance, Health Privacy/Security,

Professor/Academic setting, HIM/Informatics Consulting, Health Analytics, Big Data,

Population Health, Business Intelligence, Project Management/Analysis, etc. ]

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