Professionals holding the RHIT credential are health information technicians who:
With experience, the RHIT credential holds solid potential for advancement to management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor's degree.
Although most RHITs work in hospitals, they are also found in other healthcare settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact, RHITs may be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.
RHIT applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
The academic qualifications of each candidate will be verified before a candidate is deemed eligible to take the examination. All first-time applicants must submit an official transcript from their college or university.
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. Please be sure to only submit your exam application with the completed application for early testing otherwise your application will not be approved.
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 AHIMA and the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) shall permit a graduate of a program in HIM at the associate or baccalaureate degree level to apply to write the appropriate certification examination consistent with the academic level achieved and given independently by the two 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.
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.
For candidates submitting transcripts from CAHIIM-accredited programs, please mail official (sealed) transcripts separately to:
233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Fl.
Chicago, IL 60601
Send electronically (if this option is available, vendor information is provided by your school) to: CertificationTranscripts@ahima.org
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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 subdivided into domains, subdomains, and tasks as shown in the PDF documents below. Examinations test only content 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.
The RHIT exam will launch on October 2, 2017 as a beta exam since it will be based on a new content outline. During the beta period, candidates will not receive immediate results upon completion of the exam. It will take 12 to 24 weeks, from the start of the beta period, for score reports to be mailed.