Certification programs are great professional development opportunities, and upon completion, the credentials earned make your resume stand out from the rest in the workplace. Although it does not supplement a degree, it shows mastery and commitment to staying up-to-date in the industry.
We’ve listed some of the most valuable certifications from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) that employers look for. Please note that a basic requirement for eligibility is having successfully completed an accredited master’s program.
Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS)
- Demonstrate professional knowledge in healthcare information and management systems to potential and current employers.
- Establish a solid foundation that will give you an advantage as you strengthen abilities, acquire more experience and advance your career path.
Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS)
- Demonstrate you meet an international standard of professional knowledge and competence in healthcare information and management systems.
- Increase your credibility with your employer.
- Show a commitment to continuing professional development.
- Enjoy a sense of personal and professional achievements.
Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS)*
Assure competence in designing, implementing, and administering comprehensive privacy and security protection programs in all types of healthcare organizations.
Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)*
Provides knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate, consistent, and timely information, while balancing the "big picture" strategic vision with day-to-day details.
*Eligibility requires students to have completed a master’s degree from a CAHIIM-accredited program.
Is a certification necessary to work in health informatics?
Although you do not need a certification to work in the industry, certification programs are a great way to continue your education after graduation. They give credibility and show you are committed to effectively adapting in this ever-growing industry. Studies have shown that certified individuals earn higher salaries and gain more opportunities for career advancement. So, although they aren’t required, they are great for professional development.