CMTs who earned their credential before the release of the current exam blue prints (before January 2011, with the exception of those who took the beta exam in fall of 2010), may choose to bridge over to the CHDS by taking this online continuing education bridge course. This course addresses the expanded healthcare documentation content found on the current exams but not covered under any previous CMT blue print. The bridge course is available only to current CMTs. Successful completion of the course requires the candidate to complete all content sections, including section quizzes, and pass the final exam at end of course. CMTs who pass the final exam and complete the course will earn the CHDS designation and will receive a new certificate. They will also earn 10 continuing education credits toward end-of-cycle recredentialing. Those who do not pass the course can opt to take it again after 90 days. Failure to pass the bridge course will not impact the status of a candidate’s CMT credential or their recredentialing cycle or recertification requirements.
CHDS Bridge Course takers will complete an 8-week, self-paced course that will include reading material and links to supplementary information for study along with practice questions for each of the following objectives: 1.22, 1.23, 1.24, 1.25, 1.26, 1.27, 1.28, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, and 2.8. Course-takers must complete each end-of-section quiz and the final examination to successfully complete the course. Download the CHDS blue print objectives for Bridge Course.
CMTs are not required to bridge to the CHDS credential and have the option of retaining their CMT credential. Read details on our Rebranding the AHDI Credentialing Exams page and Frequently Asked Questions.
Upon course completion, course-takers will have an understanding of and be able to demonstrate competency against all 15 healthcare documentation specialist objectives found on the CHDS blue print. This augmented level-2 content falls across two industry-relevant knowledge domains:
- Advanced Clinical Medicine
- Clinical practice
- Surgical practice
- Diagnostic scenarios
- Health Information Technology
- Electronic health record (EHR) terminology, fundamentals, and regulatory implications
- Clinical vocabularies, nomenclatures, and information management systems and standards
- Speech recognition technology and practice
CMT Exam Guide: A Walk Through the Blue Print
CMT Exam Audio Objectives (CD)
Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd Edition
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Registration for each monthly course is open from the 1st through the 25th of the month prior to the start of the course you want to take. Participates will register by clicking the link below. Participants will be given access the first day of the month following the close of registration and will have access for 8 weeks. All sections of the course and the final exam must be completed within your 8-week course time frame.
Continuing Education Credit
Preapproved for 10 CECs (4 Clinical Medicine, 4 Technology and the Workplace, 1 Professional Development, and 1 MT Tools).
Must hold a current CMT credential.
You should expect to spend an average of two to four hours per week over 8 weeks to cover the required material, but the course is self-paced, so course-takers can opt to invest more time and finish sooner. Note: CHDS certificates will be mailed to those who successfully pass the course upon closing of the 8-week course, regardless if a course-taker completes the course early.
$45 Eligible Members
$70 List Price
Refunds cannot be given after the close of registration for each class cycle.
Delivery of Program
Participants register and pay for the courses on the AHDI website. Before the course cycle begins, participants will be issued a website URL, a username, and a password to access the course website on the established e-learning platform where the AHDI online education courses are hosted. Once you have received confirmation of your registration from AHDI, you can log into the course by following the login instructions explained below.
CHDS Bridge Course Schedule
Registration for each month is available the preceding month through the 25th of the month. Participants will be given access the first day of the month following the close of registration and will have access for 8 weeks. All sections of the course and the final exam must be completed within your 8-week course time frame.
Register now for the upcoming CHDS Bridge Course.
Once you have registered and the course has started, you will follow the link to AHDI's training system http://www.ahdionline.org/Moodle/ in order to access the course. The username is your eight-digit customer number or AHDI member number. The password is your five-digit zip code. You will only be able to log in once the course has started.