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The US Department of Labor predicts that in the next few years jobs for health information specialists will increase by more than 50,000 new positions!
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has been providing certifications in the health information management (HIM [HIA]) for over 80 years. With all of the changes happening in HIM [HIA], this is an excellent time to invest in certification and advance to the next step in your career —but only if you have the right training and technical skills.
- Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security
- Certified in Documentation Imporvement6 Practitioner
- Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
Employers Value Credentials in Healthcare
Did you know certification can give you a competitive edge in the eyes of employers?
- Employers think favorably overall of industry credentials
- Employers feel that credentials are most important for medical coding professionals and other HIM [HIA] professionals, followed by IT professionals and privacy and security officers.
- Employers think credentialed employees require less trainint, produce more accurate work, improve the quality of healthcare delivery, improve reimbursement and billing, and help rduce exposure to fraud and abuse charges.
- 68% of employers report choosing a credentialed candidate over one who is not.
- Credentialed employees are rewarded financially—67% earn more than non-credentialed employees.
Reprinted in part from AHIMA-CCHIIM Commission on Certification 16 Dec 2011
Our Program Has
The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Administration is a degree completion program. UT has partnered with community colleges across the state of Ohio to offer this program to their HIT graduates. HIA graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination to become Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIA).
With a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration, you’ll have a wide array of settings to work in, such as hospitals, medical centers, physician group practices, ambulatory care facilities, long-term care facilities, health care consulting companies, government regulatory positions, insurance companies, and other settings.
As health care expands, opportunities in Health Information Administration are expected to grow. Electronic medical record keeping and other technological advances to aid with coding, compliance and documentation add to the opportunities available.
- +2 Sample plan of study courses and descriptions for transfer students with an associate's degree in HIT (actual plan of study depends on the transferred courses and semester credit hours)
- Review the sample plan of study for the 4-year program, for a list of prerequisites required for transfer.
- Out-of-state scholarship funding is available.
AHIMA is proud to announce that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has granted accreditation to AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification program. AHIMA received accreditation by successfully demonstrating the program’s compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. This is an important accomplishment that further enhances the value of AHIMA-credentialed professionals in the healthcare industry.
The University of Toledo is regionally accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and is authorized to offer degrees online.
For more information please contact:
Online Admission Representative: 855.327.5695
U Select is a statewide Web-based transfer information system supported by the Ohio Board of Regents. U Select shows course equivalencies between public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities, along with college degree requirements.