AHIMA Apprenticeship Program
What is an Apprentice?
- An apprenticeship is a paid position that bridges education and employment in an organization.
- The apprentice's salary is determined by the employer. Pay increases occur as competencies/skills are demonstrated and training hours are met. Benchmark schedules differ by each registered apprenticeship role.
- Interested employers hire the apprentices. The AHIMA Foundation will identify, pre-screen and recommend potential apprentices for interviews.
- An apprenticeship program lasts from one to two years, with the goal of a permanent position.
- For some roles, candidates must hold a CCA, RHIA, or RHIT credential.
- Due to the limited number of available positions, this is a competitive process and apprentices are selected from the candidates who submit applications and meet the criteria established by the employers.
AHIMA and AHIMA Foundation's National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standard were certified by the United States Department of Labor (DoL). The certification of the guidelines will help to bridge the gap for graduating or post-certification student seeking career in HIM through paid apprenticeships, which will provide a clear pathway to full-time employment. The Foundation acts as a bridge between interested employers (sponsors), apprentices, and the Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor.
AHIMA has developed four apprenticeship roles:
• Hospital Coder/Coding Professional
• Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
• Business Analyst
• Data Analyst