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Seemaab in Chicago, Illinois

24 months ago

Batman1600 in Chicago, Illinois said: 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.

Hi I should be starting the B.S. in HIM at UIC in Fall 2015. Really have no one to consult and would love to have someone who I can turn to for advice and such

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CDR Stew in Washington, District of Columbia

21 months ago

Make sure UIC is accredited or else you won't be eligible to sit for the RHIA. I think the best practice is to be working in healthcare while completing this degree. I am both a hiring official and a adjunct professor and my best staff and student are those who have experience.

When I did my AS over 20 years ago, I filed loose sheets at a large children's hospital at night. Advanced to coding, transcription, ROI and for the past 15 years have been an HIM director for the federal government. Every 5-10 years I go back to school to further my education. I have 1 AS, 2 BS and 1 MS and RHIA, CHPS.

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Himgirl07 in Newton Center, Massachusetts

21 months ago

I agree with CDR Stew. I have over 3 years of experience in medical records doing billing, ROI, and attaching scanned documents. I definitely see that experience is highly valued. In the long run you will want to get your degree and at least 1 certification to advance in the field.Although my school is not accredited by ahima, I would definitely recommended that whatever school you choose you make sure that you are able to sit for the RHIA if that is your goal.

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henry kim in fort collins, California

18 months ago

i am working as a respiratory therapist right now. would this experience be applicable? while i work on a post bachelor certificate?

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dboyz0123 in Youngstown, Ohio

17 months ago

henry kim in fort collins, California said: i am working as a respiratory therapist right now. would this experience be applicable? while i work on a post bachelor certificate?

This is funny you ask because I am only 512 hours away from getting my sleep boards, and was looking at HIM. I also use to model and am a corrective exercise specialist. I like communicating to people, and learning. I was told I should go for Occupational Therapy. I took a class of OT and got a 97% without studying everything....it just makes practical sense. Say if someone damaged their cervical spine....well everything beneath that would be effected...then it's just knowing what nerves go below the cervical and vertebraes...and walla....you will know the answer to what the person might face. It was quite easy. However, to be an OT student....requires me to relocate...2)...spend 75k for just grad. You can only get 12k a year for loans in grad school, correct? Anyway, I am bumping Henry Kim's question, would an HIM degree be applicable to a non-nurse, but a healthcare worker, such as a Sleep Technologist or respitiratory therapist?

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dboyz0123 in Youngstown, Ohio

17 months ago

JC in Silver Spring, Maryland said: To those reading with a BS HIM and/or RHIA,

RHIA is not a profession, it is a certification...those individuals making 70,000 plus are applicant analysts, system analysts, data analysts, consultants who were required to obtain a RHIA via that it is an industry standard and requirement by hospitals. Most RHIAs with a BS HIM work in clinics or medical records making 35,000 to 45,000.

JC---People with their HIM degree with an RHIA cert only make 35-45k in most cases? That sucks( unless it was the year 1998 ). Is this accurate?

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Sally in Hampshire, Illinois

17 months ago

I was preparing for applying to OT programs but it seems so challenging. I am interested in UIC's online certificate in HIM. Can you please tell me the level of work you had to do for the degree\certificate? How are the exams\projects? Were you also working (like part time) while you were studying? How long did it take you to complete? Did you get help in finding a job? What is the approximate starting salary? Any tips\suggestions? I am a working mother and I am nervous, so please help with advice. I highly appreciate it!

Batman1600 in Chicago, Illinois said: 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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Nurse Mike

16 months ago

Hey guys I am an RN currently employed in homecare and half way through my RHIA program. As Healthcare Informatics differs dramatically from Nursing Informatics, I was wondering if anyone could tell me if my nursing license would prove befeficial in this career field, and what positions I should look for that are benifited and would gross me over 50k a year? I have been a non-acutevcare nurse for over 5 years, and this next year will have me averaging over 60hrs a week to pay for college and my $14,000 health insurance premium through my present employer. Thanks for the help.

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Evangeline in Chicago, Illinois

14 months ago

Seemaab in Chicago, Illinois said: Hi I should be starting the B.S. in HIM at UIC in Fall 2015. Really have no one to consult and would love to have someone who I can turn to for advice and such

Hello:) are u still study in uic for health information management ? I may start this program in fall2016 . However, I am so confused my future right now..

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NENE in Moncks Corner, South Carolina

14 months ago

Nurse Mike said: Hey guys I am an RN currently employed in homecare and half way through my RHIA program. As Healthcare Informatics differs dramatically from Nursing Informatics, I was wondering if anyone could tell me if my nursing license would prove befeficial in this career field, and what positions I should look for that are benifited and would gross me over 50k a year? I have been a non-acutevcare nurse for over 5 years, and this next year will have me averaging over 60hrs a week to pay for college and my $14,000 health insurance premium through my present employer. Thanks for the help.

NURSE MIKE!!!! Nurses benefit very well in the HIM field. I think you need to join this FB page 'Jobs for American Medical Coders' there are SEVERAL nurses that are on this page that can you great feedback from. The page is very very informative!!! It's ran by some really great individuals who strive to maintain that the information is positive and informative; also there's a lot of recruiters on the page! Anyhow, the page speaks for itself. Check out for yourself.

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Hailey Hopkins in Texas

14 months ago

Evangeline in Chicago, Illinois said: Hello:) are u still study in uic for health information management ? I may start this program in fall2016 . However, I am so confused my future right now..

Evangeline,

I'm currently in the online Masters of Health Informatics program at UIC. I absolutely love it. But do some research. It took me 2 years to go back to graduate school after undergrad but I'm so happy I did.

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Evangeline in Bronx, New York

14 months ago

Hailey Hopkins in Texas said: Evangeline,

I'm currently in the online Masters of Health Informatics program at UIC. I absolutely love it. But do some research. It took me 2 years to go back to graduate school after undergrad but I'm so happy I did.

Hello Hailey:),
I am so happy to know you love your current major. I also want to pursue the master degree of HIM at UIC after I finish my BS of HIM. For the online program, is it hard? I scare to choose online program or classes, because I know they might have a lot of homework to do. Working hard, Hailey:) I bet you do. I will transfer to the BS HIM program of UIC in this year fall semester. Would you might leave some contact information ? I am very happy to meet you:)

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Ann_M in Georgia

14 months ago

Hailey Hopkins in Texas said: Evangeline,

I'm currently in the online Masters of Health Informatics program at UIC. I absolutely love it. But do some research. It took me 2 years to go back to graduate school after undergrad but I'm so happy I did.

Jut curious- Do you have to have your exams proctored?

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kellyrain in Rochester, New York

14 months ago

Hey to all. I have recently discovered this career path. I was going for nursing but knew I didn't want to do bed side care. I would rather not interact with people that way, anyway, I'm scared because of the lack of experience I have. I'm going this fall to do the RHIT program that is accredited by AHIMA. my question is will this be a safe career to enter? I'm 26 years old and so ready to just have a stable comfortable career. Is RHIT or like careers going anywhere?

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georgie in Chicago, Illinois

14 months ago

Hi everyone,

Like kellyrain said, i am also not into bedside care, and interested in healthcare profession. Bachelor of science in health information management offered by UIC seems appropriate choice of course for me. I was gonna go for Bsn at UIC this fall, but i changed my mind because of Bshim, whim seems more suitable and also online course is available. But the concern for me is about the pay scale upon graduation with registering for health information administration. Is the salary better, same or lower than BSN with Rn graduates? And How much is initial salary for new grads with RHIA certification and how salary gets hiked?

Please reply me! it would help me to decide my major, i.e.: Bsn or Bshim @ UIC?

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jolene in Aurora, Illinois

11 months ago

Seemaab in Chicago, Illinois said: Hi I should be starting the B.S. in HIM at UIC in Fall 2015. Really have no one to consult and would love to have someone who I can turn to for advice and such

Hey seemab! I have been accepted to UIC's online HIM program for Fall of 2016. How is it like? are the assignments hard? does it seem harder now that there are no face to face contact with professors? please let me know! i am unsure of whether i should get the rhia degree. also, do you work part time or full time while going to school?

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Jenna in Victorville, California

11 months ago

I have several friends who got RHIA certs and AHIMA coder certs, also have another friend who certified with ABHCP (www.abhcp.org), the certification process was much easier and they quickly got a job at a local hospital here in Victorville, CA

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Allen in Duluth, Minnesota

10 months ago

Hello, I just wanted to see if one of you can help with some questions I had with my current application at UIC for MSHI. I have done some research and realized I have picked the wrong Masters track. I thought that the MS-HI and MS-HIM were equivalent to each other as far as job market, earnings and certification I was looking for that follow what I have completed thus far with my A.A.S, BA Chemistry/Math Minor, and PharmD (currently finishing) work, which they are not. I want to specialize in HIM now with the PharmD completed later.

I want to do the HIM track and through a online CAHIIM-accredited College (like UIC, CSS, UTHSC, UMUC) in order sit for the AHIMA RHIA certification examination to then find employment.

I cannot do that with just a MSHI, as far as I understand I would be best to do the MSHIM to follow this path with best credentials. I see UIC doesn't have the MSHIM, but do have the IBHE-Certificate in HIM + MSHI dual program (45cr total), would this be equivalent or better credentials than doing a MSHIM as the primary goal to attain an entry HIM job with RHIA certification? I understand I may need some work experience in IT in addition to my science/healthcare work along the way.

Also, for admissions, would most online MS-HIM programs take on a student with my degree credentials vs. Post-Bacc Certificate HIM + MSHI programs?

I am also curious what is technically a better paying/job market the MSHIM or just the MSHI? Some people do both, which I am trying to stick with just MSHIM as it seems to be the high-pay and good job outlook.

Let me know your thoughts, thanks.

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Jolene in Aurora, Illinois

10 months ago

Hey Allen! As far as I know from my personal research, MSHI is a far better paying outlook than the HIM because the concepts in school are a lot more difficult. Also, the degree requirements to get into health informatics are a lot more difficult to achieve. I have been accepted into UIC post-baccalaureate HIM program for Fall 2016 but my first choice was to apply for UIC masters in health informatics. I could not apply since I did not have 2 years of health, computer science, or information management experience as a job. Also, there is no masters program in HIM that UIC offers that is CAHIIM accredited. To be more specific, there is no school in the entire Illinois that offers masters in HIM. You would have to search another school in another state to find that program. Hope that helps!

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allenkniep in Duluth, Minnesota

10 months ago

Jolene in Aurora, Illinois said: Hey Allen! As far as I know from my personal research, MSHI is a far better paying outlook than the HIM because the concepts in school are a lot more difficult. Also, the degree requirements to get into health informatics are a lot more difficult to achieve. I have been accepted into UIC post-baccalaureate HIM program for Fall 2016 but my first choice was to apply for UIC masters in health informatics. I could not apply since I did not have 2 years of health, computer science, or information management experience as a job. Also, there is no masters program in HIM that UIC offers that is CAHIIM accredited. To be more specific, there is no school in the entire Illinois that offers masters in HIM. You would have to search another school in another state to find that program. Hope that helps!

Hi Jolene! I appreciate the great feedback! I have to agree with you now after I had researched further. I am also applying for the online MSHI at UIC right now for fall 2016, just waiting for the decision. Would you mind/have time to chat more about this topic over the phone? Much easier to figure things out that way and I'd be happy to share my experience at UIC (hopefully) with you as well.

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niki in Hayward, California

10 months ago

I am unsure of where I should get my masters in health informatics. I have been mostly looking into UIC program. I want to make sure I make the right decision before I start classes.

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Jolene

10 months ago

To see a complete list of CAHIIM credited programs/schools for masters in health informatics, click the link below
www.cahiim.org/directoryofaccredpgms/programdirectory.aspx

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Jamienh14 in Ruston, Louisiana

10 months ago

niki in Hayward, California said: I am unsure of where I should get my masters in health informatics. I have been mostly looking into UIC program. I want to make sure I make the right decision before I start classes.

Louisiana Tech University has a great CAHIIM Accredited Masters of Health Informatics online program :)

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Jamienh14 in Ruston, Louisiana

10 months ago

Hello Everyone,

So, I have completed my Bachelors of Science in Health Informatics last August and obtained by RHIA Credential before I graduated. I am halfway through my Masters of Health Informatics with a 4.0 GPA. I am just beginning to explore job options and I really believe I have the discipline and work ethic to work from home. Does anyone have any suggestions as to great companies in HIM who will look past lack of experience? I am finding it extremely difficult finding a job without any experience.

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Chicago Suburbnite in Illinois

10 months ago

Jamienh14 in Ruston, Louisiana said: Does anyone have any suggestions as to great companies in HIM who will look past lack of experience? I am finding it extremely difficult finding a job without any experience.

I used to work in healthcare, both on the clinical and clerical side of things, and got out because of Obamacare. It's not a field I'd recommend to anyone or even encourage staying in.

That said, many fields and industries are only hiring experienced individuals. It's not just yours.

I'm a career changer to the legal field (I received a paralegal certificate in January) and 99.9% of the job ads for legal assistant and paralegal require a person to be experienced. In the Chicagoland area, it's generally 3-9 years of experience. Out in CA, they want legal assistants and paralegals with 5-10 years of experience.

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HK in La Habra, California

9 months ago

Chicago Suburbnite in Illinois said: I used to work in healthcare , both on the clinical and clerical side of things, and got out because of Obamacare. It's not a field I'd recommend to anyone or even encourage staying in.

That said, many fields and industries are only hiring experienced individuals. It's not just yours.

I'm a career changer to the legal field (I received a paralegal certificate in January) and 99.9% of the job ads for legal assistant and paralegal require a person to be experienced. In the Chicagoland area, it's generally 3-9 years of experience. Out in CA, they want legal assistants and paralegals with 5-10 years of experience.

not much help there buddy

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Jolene in Aurora, Illinois

9 months ago

Jamienh14 in Ruston, Louisiana said: Hello Everyone,

So, I have completed my Bachelors of Science in Health Informatics last August and obtained by RHIA Credential before I graduated. I am halfway through my Masters of Health Informatics with a 4.0 GPA. I am just beginning to explore job options and I really believe I have the discipline and work ethic to work from home. Does anyone have any suggestions as to great companies in HIM who will look past lack of experience? I am finding it extremely difficult finding a job without any experience.

I asked my advisor about how to land jobs without experience and she said that every CAHIIM accredited school should have an internship/professional practice experience at the end of the curriculum. Thus, you put that on your resume and state that it was an internship and that you have experience in the HIM/HIT field. That should help you land a job. Or better yet, apply to the same place you interned at for jobs. If they are not hiring, you should be able to make connections during your internship to people in the HIM/HIT field so they can put in a good word for you to another company. I havent got my RHIA credentials or done the internship yet so I wouldn't know if this works but sounds pretty promising to me.

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Sid in Houston, Texas

9 months ago

If you don't get your Rhima after you graduate can you still find work?

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allenkniep in Duluth, Minnesota

9 months ago

Jolene in Aurora, Illinois said: I asked my advisor about how to land jobs without experience and she said that every CAHIIM accredited school should have an internship /professional practice experience at the end of the curriculum. Thus, you put that on your resume and state that it was an internship and that you have experience in the HIM/HIT field. That should help you land a job. Or better yet, apply to the same place you interned at for jobs. If they are not hiring , you should be able to make connections during your internship to people in the HIM/HIT field so they can put in a good word for you to another company. I havent got my RHIA credentials or done the internship yet so I wouldn't know if this works but sounds pretty promising to me.

Hi Jolene,

I have to concur with your statement. I have been accepted to LATech University's MSHI program and it does list a experiential education learning package that is basically an internship to prep for a job.

I hope this is a legitimate way of getting experience and is enough experience to be looked at for employment. Outside of that practicum, I am going to try an find entry-level HIT-type jobs such as a coding-level job to gain initial experience during the 2-year MS program.

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allenkniep in Duluth, Minnesota

9 months ago

Natsu in Tempe, Arizona said: stick to AHIMA/aapc coding credentials. Employers generally require credentials from either organizations. Dont bother with the CCA from AHIMA. I have a RHIT. It helped me land a entry level HCC coding job. I am currently studying for the CCS.

Hi Natsu,

I've noticed there are quite a few different certifications available. Do you know what is the best route for a student like myself who is completing a MS Health Informatics in addition to my PharmD? I would have a MSHI to work with initially and some internship experience when I'm done, which is different than doing the MS HIM and going for RHIA. I know through HIMSS they have some certifications available for HIT-type degrees. I am just trying to determine the best certification initially after I complete the MSHI degree within 2 years to then obtain employment and work my way up the ladder.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

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Natsu in Tempe, Arizona

9 months ago

allenkniep in Duluth, Minnesota said: Hi Natsu,

I've noticed there are quite a few different certifications available. Do you know what is the best route for a student like myself who is completing a MS Health Informatics in addition to my PharmD? I would have a MSHI to work with initially and some internship experience when I'm done, which is different than doing the MS HIM and going for RHIA. I know through HIMSS they have some certifications available for HIT-type degrees. I am just trying to determine the best certification initially after I complete the MSHI degree within 2 years to then obtain employment and work my way up the ladder.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

Since you're more in HIT side, the Certified health data analyst (CHDA) and the CHTS certs from AHIMA would be awesome. I am not sure what the exact requirements are.

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Natsu in Tempe, Arizona

9 months ago

Allen in Duluth, Minnesota said: Hello, I just wanted to see if one of you can help with some questions I had with my current application at UIC for MSHI. I have done some research and realized I have picked the wrong Masters track. I thought that the MS-HI and MS-HIM were equivalent to each other as far as job market, earnings and certification I was looking for that follow what I have completed thus far with my A.A.S, BA Chemistry /Math Minor, and PharmD (currently finishing) work, which they are not. I want to specialize in HIM now with the PharmD completed later.

I want to do the HIM track and through a online CAHIIM-accredited College (like UIC, CSS, UTHSC, UMUC) in order sit for the AHIMA RHIA certification examination to then find employment.

I cannot do that with just a MSHI, as far as I understand I would be best to do the MSHIM to follow this path with best credentials. I see UIC doesn't have the MSHIM, but do have the IBHE-Certificate in HIM + MSHI dual program (45cr total), would this be equivalent or better credentials than doing a MSHIM as the primary goal to attain an entry HIM job with RHIA certification? I understand I may need some work experience in IT in addition to my science/ healthcare work along the way.

Also, for admissions , would most online MS-HIM programs take on a student with my degree credentials vs. Post-Bacc Certificate HIM + MSHI programs?

I am also curious what is technically a better paying/job market the MSHIM or just the MSHI? Some people do both, which I am trying to stick with just MSHIM as it seems to be the high-pay and good job outlook.

Let me know your thoughts, thanks.

Health IT pays well.. if you can find a job. I rarely see job postings for HIT

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Natsu in Tempe, Arizona

9 months ago

kellyrain in Rochester, New York said: Hey to all. I have recently discovered this career path. I was going for nursing but knew I didn't want to do bed side care. I would rather not interact with people that way, anyway, I'm scared because of the lack of experience I have. I'm going this fall to do the RHIT program that is accredited by AHIMA. my question is will this be a safe career to enter? I'm 26 years old and so ready to just have a stable comfortable career. Is RHIT or like careers going anywhere?

make sure to volunteer while in your school to gain experience. or look for any entry level clerical role at a hospital. but those entry level roles still require exp lol.

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Sunny in Walnut Creek, California

7 months ago

I'm thinking about getting an A.S. in Health Information Technology then later on, a B.S. in Health Information Management.

Is this career still in demand (for Queens, NY and Walnut Creek, CA areas)?

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Samantha in Columbia, Missouri

7 months ago

Sunny in Walnut Creek, California said: I'm thinking about getting an A.S. in Health Information Technology then later on, a B.S. in Health Information Management.

Is this career still in demand (for Queens, NY and Walnut Creek, CA areas)?

I am also thinking about the same path as you. Getting my RHIT and then get some experience before getting my B.S. I would love some input because I am so unsure of the need and needing experience to get a job.

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dboyz0123 in Youngstown, Ohio

7 months ago

Sally in Hampshire, Illinois said: I was preparing for applying to OT programs but it seems so challenging. I am interested in UIC's online certificate in HIM. Can you please tell me the level of work you had to do for the degree\certificate? How are the exams\projects? Were you also working (like part time) while you were studying? How long did it take you to complete? Did you get help in finding a job? What is the approximate starting salary? Any tips\suggestions? I am a working mother and I am nervous, so please help with advice. I highly appreciate it!

In what ways was an OT challenging? If you can nail out the pre-reqs and if your OT school is not really expensive....I would recommend OT. It is a high rewarding career( fulfilling ). I mean you get to help people return to as close as they can to their old self. Your not there for the initial trauma, or even during..it's all after the fact. Plus to actually see results from a patient would be awesome. It to my knowledge requires zero MicroBiology, minimal Ap 1 and 2...being you don't have to know how the human heart works, all it's chambers, read an EKG etc. It should really just primarily be Anatomy and kinesiology based, with minimal need for understanding hardcore physiology. I took an OT class, it was a breeze. I studied maybe 60% of the chapters....I just paid attention in class. CAN SOMEONE TELL ME IS I AM WRONG....but it prob pays more the HIM? ALSO WITH HIM CAN YOU WORK A FLEX SCHEDULE, or is it long days of 8-5, then taking work home with you?....To me, once you have those answers....your direction should be more clear. If you need any help with A&P----which I love!!!!! I like to know why things work, how they work...So how the human heart works, the kidneys, etc. Like you, I am stuck..I just don't know what field to translate all this to. You can't make money just liking AP LOL. I also like grabbing data and improving outcomes. BASICALLY I LOVE Ap & Dropping Stats to improve outcomes.

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Ralopez in Warrington, Pennsylvania

7 months ago

I'm an occupational therapist in practice for 16+ years and just graduated from Kaplan University online with a MSHI but due to inexperience with IT I am hitting a roadblock with gaining employment in the field. It seems that I need to complete some AHIMA certification. Most employers want you to know SQL or SAS. Any advice out there regarding the best certification to take?

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maria in Ann Arbor, Michigan

6 months ago

dboyz0123 in Youngstown, Ohio said: In what ways was an OT challenging? If you can nail out the pre-reqs and if your OT school is not really expensive....I would recommend OT. It is a high rewarding career( fulfilling ). I mean you get to help people return to as close as they can to their old self. Your not there for the initial trauma, or even during..it's all after the fact. Plus to actually see results from a patient would be awesome. It to my knowledge requires zero MicroBiology, minimal Ap 1 and 2...being you don't have to know how the human heart works, all it's chambers, read an EKG etc. It should really just primarily be Anatomy and kinesiology based, with minimal need for understanding hardcore physiology. I took an OT class, it was a breeze. I studied maybe 60% of the chapters....I just paid attention in class. CAN SOMEONE TELL ME IS I AM WRONG....but it prob pays more the HIM? ALSO WITH HIM CAN YOU WORK A FLEX SCHEDULE, or is it long days of 8-5, then taking work home with you?....To me, once you have those answers....your direction should be more clear. If you need any help with A&P----which I love!!!!! I like to know why things work, how they work...So how the human heart works, the kidneys, etc. Like you, I am stuck..I just don't know what field to translate all this to. You can't make money just liking AP LOL. I also like grabbing data and improving outcomes. BASICALLY I LOVE Ap & Dropping Stats to improve outcomes.

The problem with Occupational therapy is that: More and more hospitals and clinics are expecting more. Patient satisfaction, budget and productivity. If you want to keep your job you have to be productive. See a certain number of patients and provide a certain number of units On the light side you may see as little as 4-8 patients a day. The heavy side is 12 to 14. Many sights only give you 30 minutes for documentation. That is scrutinize by medicare and the hospital compliance officer.

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mchang33 in Los Angeles, California

5 months ago

Returning back to the original topic.. definitely start working or at least volunteer at a hospital (facility, doctor's office, clinics, etc.) while in school for your BS-HIM or MS-HIM. The RHIA credential is a must in the field if you want to work in the HOSPITAL setting. From what I've seen, RHIA's are usually management positions, but there are some that choose to be Inpatient or Outpatient coders, clinical doc specialists, auditors, educators, etc. Depends on you. The salary varies. I have seen between $25-65 an hour depending on where you're working and what your job duties entails. Also, network through AHIMA.org or AAPC.com. Get to know people in the field. Put yourself out there! If you don't work for it -- you probably won't get the highest paying RHIA career. Or as the original poster of this topic -- you'll have a difficult time finding a job even if you have BS degree or RHIA credential. They want experience. Or if you know someone in the field, even better!

As a CCS and CPC credentialed, backed up by my undergraduate degree + 4 years of coding experience and 5 years as a nursing secretary -- I networked a lot through AAPC and AHIMA to get where I am as an Inpatient/Outpatient Coder. I'm also starting my graduate program at the College of St. Scholastica for MS-HIM and RHIA to become a professor and definitely career advancement and pay increase --> but it really depends if you like what you do.

Overall, my suggestion is that you network. Volunteer if you can't get an entry-level job at your local hospital. Keep applying and never give up! Someone will definitely hire you -- you just gotta educate yourself and keep trying. If you get a rejection... breathe in, breathe out, then apply somewhere else. POSITIVE THOUGHTS :)

kbai

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Millicents in Carbondale, Colorado

5 months ago

Hi,

This thread seemed helpful, yet I'm still so confused on what Masters to take.

I am a licensed RN with bachelors in IL. Which do you think should I get for masters - MS Nursing Informatics or MSHI? Which will give me better employment opportunities?

I don't like bedside care.

Thank you.

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mchang33 in Los Angeles, California

5 months ago

Millicents in Carbondale, Colorado said: Hi,

This thread seemed helpful, yet I'm still so confused on what Masters to take.

I am a licensed RN with bachelors in IL. Which do you think should I get for masters - MS Nursing Informatics or MSHI? Which will give me better employment opportunities?

I don't like bedside care.

Thank you.

Hello,

Either of the graduate degree you're seeking will land you a successful career in health informatics. The thing with HI is that it deals with the applications of medical records (EHR). If you're interested in the creation of data elements, computer science, technology, etc. that's the route for you.

If you're interested in medical records as previously discussed in this thread, management of data, maybe look into clinical documentation specialist (AHIMA has a credential called CDIP). A lot of nurses in my line of work are doing CDI. It's not bedside nursing but they utilize a lot of their clinical background for inadequate documentation, etc. -- also they don't require a master's degree. You just need either CCS, RHIT, or RHIA along with your RN/BSN credential. But if you're going into graduate school to get your RHIA, I suggest looking into University of Illinois they have an online program MSHIM or College of St. Scholastica. But don't take my word for it, do your own research at AHIMA.org

I hope this helps! :)

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IT_Champ in Denver, Colorado

5 months ago

More often than not, lacking ability to really nail down the phone interview does hang up many HIM candidates. Credentials are awesome, but they can really be a checkbox that wont give you a leg up on your competition. Knowing WHERE to find medical coders, what resources, and industry issues is pretty dang important. This is a pretty solid resource that I try to share with informatics friends. totalmed.com/7-foolproof-strategies-for-him-departments-ebook/

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Millicents in Carbondale, Colorado

5 months ago

Thank you very much, mchang33!

That's really helpful!

However, what I am looking for is a Masters that on-campus or hybrid to qualify for a student visa requirement.

I have been browsing for days now and all I can find in Chicago or Illinois are just online MSHI.

I hope you can help me if you know an accredited school that offers such.

Thank you very much!

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Sarah in Carol Stream, Illinois

5 months ago

I currently work as an intake coordinator in a behavioral health clinic. I have a bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in health sciences. If I do the post-bachelor's certificate in HIM, will I get a decent job in the HIM dept in a rehab or hospital? Please give suggestions if someone was in the same position as me. What is the starting pay and how soon can you find a job with networking etc.? Thanks!

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