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Perspectives in Health Information Management

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Fall 2021


This study explored possible success factors for passing the Certified Health Data Analyst Administration (CHDA) certification exam. According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), in 2019, only 10 percent of first-time test-takers passed the CHDA exam. Literature review offered insight into factors related to passing certification exams. Sources included existing, relevant peer-reviewed, and published literature since 1990 within 87 educational and health/medicine databases and 62 other articles and journal databases available at the University of South Dakota library. A correlational design was used in the study. Data was retrieved from AHIMA, cleaned, and data analysis was completed using binary logistic regression analysis.

The CHDA study results indicate that candidates between ages 30 and 49 are less likely to pass the exam than those ages 50 and above, and those candidates with a master's degree are more likely to pass the exam than those with an associate or bachelor's degree. This new information will help improve the exam pass rates, provide a foundation for CHDA exam research, and add new knowledge in the HIM professional body of research.