While not required in order to work in the health information management field, a certification can be beneficial, helping you set yourself apart from other applicants. Some positions may require that you have a certification in addition to a combination of education and experience. There are a variety of certifications available in the areas of health information management and coding, and specialty certifications through the American Health Information Association (AHiMA). For more detailed information regarding the different certifications and requirements for earning them, please visit the AHiMA Certification website.
Certifications offered by AHiMA:
*Please note that these certifications are not provided by APU nor can they be obtained through the completion of one of our certificate or degree programs (graduate or undergraduate).
To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the Health Information Management field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.”
As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you choose may require additional education or experience.
For students with additional experience and education, there are further career options available. For more information regarding potential careers and job titles please view this chart provided by AHiMA.
There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in health information management. The list below provides a few places one might find employment specific to this degree.
Healthcare insurance agencies
While many of the major job search engines such as indeed.com or monster.com will have several positions to choose from, those listed below are specific to this field.
Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. The career services website has an extensive list of internships and fellowships. Browse through the internships organized by interest or by federal program. Below is an example of an organization that offers internships to students within the health information management field.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
There are government-organized internship programs which provide students or recent graduates with the opportunity to gain real-life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. The best ways to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search USAJobs.gov, or to look at the agencies’ career portals. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.
The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university.
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.
Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up-to-date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations also provide job seekers with great networking opportunities. Below are a couple professional organizations you may be interest in.
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