What earning the RHIA credential signifies

Karen Patena, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential signifies that a person has competency in the skill sets of coding, management, technology, privacy, security and data integrity. Our program allows students to sit for the RHIA exam.


The person that wants to enter our program is usually looking to get into the healthcare field in some way. They’ve heard that healthcare has jobs so obviously, that’s where they want to go. They’re usually looking for something in technology; they like working with technology or they expect to work with billing, coding, reimbursement, those kinds of areas.

Generally, they’re going to be graduating and doing work as systems analysts, privacy officers, directors of HIM departments, data analytics is a big field coming up now so variety of things. That’s what’s so great about this degree; you can do a lot of things with it.