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CHDS Bridge Course (for CMTs)

Bridging from a CMT to a CHDS

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 bridge over to the CHDS by taking an online 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. 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.


About the Course

This is an 8-week, self-paced course that includes reading material and links to supplementary information for study along with practice questions for each of the following blue print 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


After Completing the Course

Successful completion of the course requires you to complete all content sections, including section quizzes, and pass the final exam at end of course. CMTs who pass the final exam will earn the CHDS designation, receive a new certificate, and earn 10 continuing education credits (CECs) toward end-of-cycle recredentialing.


Preapproved for 10 CECs: 4 Clinical Medicine, 4 Technology and the Workplace, 1 Professional Development, and 1 MT Tools


If you do not pass the course, you can take it again after 90 days. Failure to pass the bridge course will not impact your CMT status, recredentialing cycle, or recertification requirements.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon course completion, you will have an understanding of and be able to demonstrate competency against all 15 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


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Course Overview

Prerequisite Must hold a current CMT credential.
Time Commitment You should expect to spend an average of 2 to 4 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.
Cost $45 Eligible Member Price
$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 an established e-learning platform where the AHDI online continuing education courses are hosted. Once you have received confirmation of your registration from AHDI, you will normally not receive any further communication. You can log into the course by following the login instructions explained below.


Course Schedule

Registration for each month is available the preceding month through the 25th. Participants will be given access the first day of the month following the close of registration and will have access for 8 weeks.



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After Registration

Once you have registered, you will receive an email prior to the course start date with the link to AHDI’s training system to access the course. You will only be able to log in once the course has started. Please read all of the items contained in the Course Information section to familiarize yourself with the course contents.

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