Herzing BSHIM Students Can Sit for RHIA Credential
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredits degree-granting HIM programs that have undergone a rigorous process of voluntary peer review and have met or exceeded the minimum accreditation standards as set by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). More information about CAHIIM’s mission and purpose can be found at www.cahim.org. The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) Program at the Herzing University Online campus was granted CAHIIM Accreditation on August 27, 2009. This is an exciting accomplishment for our school and gives national recognition to the quality of our BSHIM program!
Eligibility for RHIA Credential
Graduates of our BSHIM Program, as well as students in their final term of study are now eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification examination. An individual holding the RHIA credential is considered an expert in the field of HIM and possesses comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery and the privacy of protected patient information. Information about eligibility requirements, associated fees (reduced for AHIMA members), and exam preparation can be found on the AHIMA website at www.ahima.org/certification/rhia.
FREE AHIMA Membership Opportunity
All Herzing University Online students who are currently enrolled in the BSHIM program are eligible to join AHIMA as a student member at no cost to them! Herzing Online will pay for the membership. AHIMA members enjoy many benefits including: professional journal that addresses cutting edge issues related to the HIM profession, access to best practice briefs and practice tools, discount pricing for certification exams, publications, products and other educational opportunities, access to HIM job postings, a members-only website, automatic membership in your state’s HIM association, and access to the AHIMA Foundation Library.
To be eligible for Herzing Online to pay for AHIMA student membership, the student must be at the beginning of their third semester or beyond in their schooling. Interested students should contact Kay Eilers, Associate Director of Career Services, at (866) 508-0748 x820.
Employment opportunities for the health information management professional can be found in a variety of both traditional and non-traditional settings including hospitals, multispecialty clinics and physician practices, long-term care, mental health, consulting firms, government agencies, managed care and insurance companies, healthcare software vendors, education, pharmaceutical companies and many other environments. Armed with the BSHIM degree from Herzing University Online, and accompanied by the RHIA credential, health information professionals are well suited to take on professional responsibilities in one of the following roles:
HIM Director or Assistant
Director HIM Manager or Supervisor
e-HIM® Project Manager
Clinical Data Analyst
Health Information System
Application Designer Consultant
Healthcare Consumer Advocate
Business Process Engineer
Health Data/Information Resource Manager
What Does the Future Hold for HIM Professionals?
“We have been through the decade of health IT – health information technology; we have now entered the decade of health IM – information management. The challenge of the coming years will not be the technology; it will be managing digital health information, including, but not limited to the information content of electronic health records.
"In digital form, personal health information will be routinely exchanged among providers and between providers and other trusted stakeholders, including the key stakeholder, individual consumers. And such routine information exchange presents unprecedented health IM challenges… For us certainly, as health information management professionals, but also for the many millions of people who need basic Health IM skills to do their jobs and live their lives.”
–Linda Kloss, MA, RHIA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, AHIMA
Herzing University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org or 800-621-7440.
Herzing University Online Design Student Wins First Honorable Mention in CCA Logo Contest
Congratulations to Aaron Bowersock of West Allis, WI, Herzing University Online Graphic Design student, winner of first honorable mention in the Career College Association’s (CCA) 2010 Convention Logo student competition. The contest is open to students currently enrolled in a CCA-member school. Aaron’s design was chosen from more than 60 entries. His logo will be appear on CCA’s website, www.career.org. He receives a $250 cash prize and certificate of achievement.
The theme of this year’s convention is "Winning Hand…Education, Jobs and a Globally Competitive Workforce." The CCA Annual Convention & Exposition will take place June 9-11, 2010 at the Palazzo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear as the keynote speaker.
The Career College Association is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs. CCA has over 1,400 members.