On June 10, University of Wisconsin Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) Program Manager Wil Limp finished his first Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam writing session in Denver, Colorado. He joined other credentialed health information management (HIM) professionals from across the country—a team that meets two times per year to research and write questions for future RHIA exams.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure that the RHIA exam questions are fair but challenging,” Wil said. “Earning the credential shows proof that the test takers have met the highest level of competencies set by CAHIIM.”
How is the RHIA exam written?
First, the questions are reviewed for consistency in formatting, spelling, and punctuation. Then, a committee verifies each question and answer by cross checking them with reference material.
Once they are reviewed and approved, the committee makes sure questions that are similar don’t appear on the same exam. (Side note: Each RHIA exam has slightly different wording, making it unique.)
UW HIMT students will benefit
To qualify to sit for the RHIA credential exam, candidates must successfully complete a CAHIIM-accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree program. “The questions do come from resources that are familiar to graduates of CAHIIM-accredited programs, but that doesn’t mean all questions come from highlighted text in the books.”
The team of writers, organized by AHIMA, is made up of educators and active, seasoned professionals such as HIM directors and consultants. “Because the writers are RHIA-certified professionals from diverse backgrounds, all domains on the exam are well covered,” Wil said.
“UW HIMT students will benefit from having their program manager on the RHIA exam writing team. I can’t tell them what the questions are, but I can make sure our HIM track students are fully prepared to take the exam after graduation.”
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Employers want to see an HIM degree and RHIA credential
Earning an HIM degree is an important first step to starting your career, but the second step is just as important: sitting for and passing the RHIA exam. Wil explained: “Increasingly, HIM employers require you to have both a specialized degree and the RHIA credential, because certification shows your commitment to your career and profession.”
For an introduction to RHIA certification, see our blog post called, “RHIA Certification: What Is It? Should You Get One?” Then learn “13 Things You Need to Know Before Taking the RHIA Exam.”