Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIAs) are skilled in the collection, interpretation, and analysis of patient data. Additionally, they receive the training necessary to assume managerial positions related to these functions. RHIAs interact with all levels of an organization—clinical, financial, administrative—that employ patient data in decision making and every day operations.
RHIAs enjoy job placements in a broad range of settings that span the continuum of healthcare including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. The growth of managed care has created additional job opportunities in HMOs, PPOs, and insurance companies. Prospects are especially strong in these settings for RHIAs who possess advanced degrees in business or health administration.
A Bachelor's degree in Health Information Management from an accredited college would allow graduate students to sit for the national credentialing exam for Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) sponsored by AHIMA. Graduates can be expected to find jobs as:
Depending upon the institution, some credits from Great Falls College MSU COTs Health Information Technology degree may be transferred to another institution. For additional information, students should consult the RHIA program director.
Some accredited RHIA colleges offer their degree through distance learning, which allows the student to achieve their degree from their own home. For a full listing of the AHIMA-accredited RHIA colleges, access the AHIMA website for college search.