Term of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Yasar Bodur

Committee Member 1

Teri Denlea Melton

Committee Member 2

Bryan Griffin

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether differences existed among candidates for the Registered Health Information Administrator certification examination that may have characterized the likelihood of acquiring professional certification upon graduation from accredited health information administration education programs. The research was conducted using data acquired from accredited health information administration education programs located across the United States. A total of 197 former student records were obtained and used in the statistical analyses; 118 were employed in correlation analysis and to develop a Registered Health Information Administrator certification examination success prediction model and to establish a 95% Approximate Prediction Interval, while the remaining 79 records were used to validate the success prediction model. Ten independent variables were evaluated: race, ethnicity, mother tongue, age, four professional course grades, and two grade point averages. The dependent variable was the graduate’s raw score of the first attempt on the Registered Health Information Administrator certification examination. Results of Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient computations revealed that final course grades in Coding and Introduction to Health Information Administration and professional curriculum grade point average were

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