The Undeniable Importance of Certifications in HIT (and How to Get Them)

That’s great, but are they certified?  If I had a dollar for every time a recruiter asked me this question about a potential candidate, I’d be . . . well I wouldn’t be here telling you about it, most likely (think raft with a drink holder kind of situation).   It’s no secret than an Epic certification, for instance, is the current “golden ticket” when it comes to EMR implementation consultant job security – have you seen the hundreds of blog comments to Shirley Corsey’s popular column from aspiring Epic-certified professionals who are trying to follow in Shirley’s footsteps?

But Epic certified professionals are only one piece of the Healthcare IT workforce – there are many alternative approaches to becoming a competitive, contributing, sought-after candidate with a long and lucrative career in HIT. A quick look at the current opportunities on Healthcare IT Central (HITC) shows a wide variety of additional roles with required or preferred certifications that are a bit less elusive to earn and every bit as desirable.  In fact, we’ve recently added a “Certifications” section to the HITC Candidate profiles, to make it easier for recruiters to spot certified applicants.  Here’s a look at the certifications options we’ve included, based on what recruiters tell us they’re looking for (if we missed one, please let me know):

CAHIMS – Certified Asso in Healthcare Info & Mgt Systems

CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management

CEMP – Certified EHR Management Professional

CEOP – Certified EHR Office Professional

CHSP – Certified HIPAA Security Professional

CHTHP – Certified Healthcare Technology Hiring Professional

CHTP – Certified Healthcare Technology Professional

CHTSP – Certified Healthcare Technology Sales Professional

CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CMUP – Certified Meaningful Use Professional

CPB – Certified Professional Biller

CPC – Certified Professional Coder

CPC-H – Certified Professional Coder-Hospital Outpatient

CPC-P – Certified Professional Coder-Payer

CPCO – Certified Professional Compliance Officer

CPHIMS – Certified Pro in Healthcare Info & Mgt Systems

CPMA – Certified Professional Medical Auditor

CPPM – Certified Physician Practice Manager

CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control

Epic Certified

HIT Pro-CP – Clinician/Practitioner Consultant

HIT Pro-IM – Implementation Manager

HIT Pro-IS – Implementation Support Specialist

HIT Pro-PW – Practice Workflow & Info Mgt Redesign

HIT Pro-TR – Trainer

HIT Pro-TS – Technical/Software Support Staff

PgMP – Program Management Professional

PMI-ACP – PMI Agile Certified Practitioner

PMI-RMP – PMI Risk Management Professional

PMI-SP – PMI Scheduling Professional

PMP – Project Management Professional


So where can you obtain these certifications?  The good news is, online!  The even better news is, we’ve negotiated a Healthcare IT Central 20% discount with most of the education providers (working on the rest) – simply use HEALTHCARE IT CENTRAL as your coupon code.  If you are interested in the Project Management or Security courses, go here.  If you’re seeking the HIT Pro courses head here, and for the other HIT-specific courses, go here.  And stay tuned – more courses (ICD-10, for instance) and discounts are on the way.

About the author


Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is a Search Executive specializing in Healthcare IT, the Founder of Healthcare IT Central (the leading online Career Center for Healthcare IT job seekers and employers), and the Former Editor/Founder of Healthcare IT Today. Gwen also is a featured blogger for Healthcare Informatics magazine.