Working as a critical link between care providers, payers, and patients, the RHIA:
Job opportunities for RHIAs exist in multiple settings throughout the healthcare industry. These include the continuum of care delivery organizations, including hospitals, multispecialty clinics and physician practices, long-term care, mental health, and other ambulatory care settings. The profession has seen significant expansion in nonpatient care settings, with careers in managed care and insurance companies, software vendors, consulting services, government agencies, education, and pharmaceutical companies.
RHIA applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
*Master’s level candidates must use the Master’s Program Exam Application below; OR
Click here to view a list of currently approved Certificate of the Degree³ programs. Once you are redirected to the CAHIIM site, select the Health Information Management- Baccalaureate Degree (Certificate of the Degree Definition) box to view the full list of participating programs.
CCHIIM has recently approved a master’s degree eligibility pathway for CAHIIM accredited HIM master’s level programs utilizing the 2014 curriculum and the minimum core competencies which have been outlined by AHIMA.
Existing master’s programs that currently offer a credential or bridge style program that leads to RHIA exam eligibility will also be listed on this website until 2017 when all programs are required to have fully implemented the 2014 curriculum competencies. Click here to view a list of currently approved master's programs.
Students in CAHIIM-accredited programs for RHIT® or RHIA®, enrolled in their final term of study, are now eligible to apply for and take their respective certification exam early. Eligible students include the following:
To apply as an early tester, purchase the exam through the AHIMA webstore. When completing the online exam application, select the early testing options and upload the completed application for early testing. Or you can click here for the Early Testing Exam Application.
Candidates who apply for early testing and successfully pass their exam will have their credential officially granted once transcripts are received and verified and will be subject to the recertification requirements as required by CCHIIM. The exam date will be used as the official date the credential is granted.
¹ Students interested in obtaining a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Certificate of Completion, or Transfer of Credits information must contact the CAHIIM-accredited program in which they wish to enroll regarding their institutional policies. Please visit the program directory Web site at www.cahiim.org/directory to access the list of CAHIIM-accredited programs.
² AHIMA and the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA); Korean Medical Record Association (KMRA); and Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) shall permit a graduate of a program in HIM at the baccalaureate degree level to apply to write the appropriate certification examination consistent with the academic level achieved and given independently by the aforementioned associations. The graduate must meet the educational competencies for certification as a technician or administrator established by the association to which the application is made.
³ Candidates with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university AND have earned a certificate of the degree from a Commission of the Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredited HIM program are eligible to sit for the RHIA exam. Graduates of programs that have closed or are no longer accredited, but were at the time the person graduated and received their certificate of the degree, are also eligible to sit the RHIA exam.
Before submitting an application, carefully review the information contained in the candidate guide. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure eligibility before submitting the application. Applicants who are determined to be ineligible and submit an ineligible application or request withdrawal of their application, will receive a refund of the application fee minus a $75 processing fee.
Applicants may register online or by submitting a paper application.
Member Price: $229
Non-member price: $299
A candidate’s eligibility period is defined in the Authorization to Test letter (ATT) as a four-month window in which candidates are required to schedule their exam appointment. Candidates who fail to schedule an examination appointment within their eligibility period indicated in their ATT will forfeit their application fee. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for the examination.
Candidates arriving at the test center 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment will not be allowed to test and will forfeit the testing fee. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for the examination.
A certification examination is based on an explicit set of competencies. These competencies have been determined through a job analysis study conducted of practitioners. The competencies are divided into domains and tasks as shown in the tables below. Examinations test content only pertaining to the following competencies.
Candidates are provided all of the appropriate information to answer a question on the exam. Therefore, commonly-used hospital statistical formulas are provided if a question requires calculations that go beyond basic rates and percentages.