B.S. in HIM and RHIA Certifiication but can't get a job

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Seemaab in Chicago, Illinois

13 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

10 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

10 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

7 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

6 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

6 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

5 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

5 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

2 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

2 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

4 days 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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