Does Administering a Comprehensive Examination Affect Pass Rates on the Registered Health Information Administrator Certification Examination?

J Allied Health. Winter 2009;38(4):208-14.


The purpose of this research study was to determine whether the administration of a comprehensive examination before graduation increases the percentage of students passing the Registered Health Information Administrator certification examination. A t-test for independent means yielded a statistically significant difference between the Registered Health Information Administrator certification examination pass rates of health information administration programs that administer a comprehensive examination and programs that do not administer a comprehensive examination. Programs with a high certification examination pass rate do not require a comprehensive examination when compared with those programs with a lower pass rate. It is concluded that health information administration faculty at the local level should perform program self-analysis to improve student progress toward achievement of learning outcomes and entry-level competencies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Allied Health Personnel / education*
  • Allied Health Personnel / standards*
  • Certification / statistics & numerical data*
  • Educational Measurement / methods*
  • Humans