During these changing times, careers in health information offer a path forward. AHIMA-certified professionals are leading healthcare organizations through meaningful innovation. In an industry that values education and experience, AHIMA credentials are proof of a robust education and an ongoing commitment to staying relevant in a complex and evolving space.
75% of AHIMA members earn $50,000 or more— many without a four-year baccalaureate.* To help you break into a health information career or pivot to a new role within the healthcare industry, AHIMA offers a number of flexible options to earn your first credential—in a classroom setting or self-study.
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*Salary / baccalaureate citations from 2018 AHIMA Member Profile Analysis
The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) is a standing commission of AHIMA dedicated to assuring the competency of professionals practicing health informatics and information management (HIIM). CCHIIM provides strategic oversight of all AHIMA certification programs.
CCHIIM holds the sole and independent authority in all matters pertaining to both the certification and ongoing recertification (certification maintenance) of HIIM professionals.
By establishing and enforcing the standards and procedures for certification and recertification of HIIM professionals, CCHIIM serves these professionals as well as the public.
View more information about CCHIIM including its Commissioners.
What credential should I start with?
The starting point begins with a fundamental understanding of clinical diagnoses. AHIMA offers a mix of educational programs so you can acquire the knowledge and skills needed to progress.
Get ready for the future of healthcare: big data, information security, and document integrity. If you already have an HIM credential (RHIT or RHIA) or a coding credential and are ready to lean into what’s coming next, learn about the: Privacy and Security (CHPS®) credential, Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDIP®) credential, and Data Analytics (CHDA®) credential.
Self-study, entry-level coding certification. Coding professionals who hold the CCA credential have demonstrated coding competency across all settings, including hospitals and physician practices.
The CCS credential demonstrates a professional’s tested skills in data quality and accuracy as well as mastery of coding proficiency.
Self-study, comprehensive physician’s office coding certification.
2-year academic program that prepares students for a career in health information.
4-year baccalaureate program that prepares students for a career in health information.
Individuals earning the CDIP credential demonstrate expertise in clinical documentation within patient health records.
Holders of the CHDA establish competence in big data for both organization and analysis.
AHIMA’s popular Privacy and Security certification that documents HIPAA and Information Security expertise.
Earning an AHIMA credential earns you a spot in a strong community of reliable support and valuable connections. While membership is not required, there is ample opportunity to network with classmates and other credential holders or AHIMA staff.