College of Allied Health Sciences - Department of Health Services & Information Management
 Registered Health Information Administrator Certificate Program

About the Certificate
Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)

The RHIA graduate certificate provides students who already have a bachelor's degree the knowledge and skills needed in order to serve as a critical link between health care providers, payers and patients. The curriculum is designed to help students develop characteristics associated with an effective leader in health information management: critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, communication and interpersonal skills, and ethical values.

Graduates of the RHIA certificate program are eligible to apply to take the RHIA registration examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Program Goals
The goal of the RHIA Certificate Program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully earn the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.  

Upon completion of the RHIA Certificate Program, students will be able to:
  • Manage patient health information and medical records, administer computer information systems, collect and analyze patient data, and use classification systems and medical terminologies.
  • Apply medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery in order maintain the privacy and security of personal health information.
  • Manage people and operational units, participate in administrative committees, and prepare budgets.
  • Interact with all levels of an organization - clinical, financial, administrative, and information systems - that employ patient data in decision-making and everyday operations.


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Admission Info

To be eligible for the RHIA Certificate Program students must be admitted by the Graduate School as a degree or non-degree student. 

Applicants for the registered health Information management administrator (RHIA) certificate must present evidence of an undergraduate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution and completion of the following prerequisite courses within 5 years of making application to the certificate program: 
  • HIMA 3120 - Health Care Delivery Systems,
  • HIMA 3000 - Medical Terminology for Health Professionals
  • BIOL 2130/2131- Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • BIOS 1500 - Introduction to Biostatistics
  • MIS 2223 - Introduction to Computers
  • HSMA 3115 - Human Diseases 

The prerequisite courses cannot be taken concurrently with RHIA certificate courses.

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall 2015 - May 15, 2015 
  • Spring 2016 - Oct. 15, 2015
Course Sequence
The RHIA certificate requires successful completion of 24 s.h. from the following courses: 
  • COHE 6310 - Health Care Accounting and Financial Administration 
  • COHE 6460 - Classification Systems 
  • COHE 6480 - Health Data Structures 
  • COHE 6490 - Foundations of Health Information Technologies 
  • COHE 6630 - Quality Management in Health Care 
  • COHE 6640 - Management of Health Information Services
  • COHE 6803 - Internship in Health Informatics and Information Management 
  • HIMA 6060 - Health Informatics

View the graduate catalog information...

For questions regarding the Registered Health Information Administrator program please contact Dr. Paul Bell at 

Registered Health Information Administrator Certificate

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