Financial Education for Securities, Banking, & Insurance Professionals.
Registered Health Underwriter®
3 Courses: 2 Required / 1 Elective
Premier Credential in the Health Insurance Market
The respected Registered Health Underwriter® (RHU®) designation is the premier credential in the health insurance market. Broaden your knowledge with the most comprehensive information available on group insurance benefits and health insurance for individuals and families. The program also helps you stay current with the major benefit protection laws, including COBRA, ERISA and HIPAA.
Earn the RHU® Your Way:
The comprehensive core of RHU® knowledge is supplemented by a broad selection of elective courses, allowing you to customize the program to the dynamics of your individual practice. Complete your program as fast as you like with leading edge texts and access to extensive online study aides at no additional charge, including:
- Supplemental readings
- Online discussion with course professors
- Sample questions
- Practice exams
Attend live, instructor-led classes from your home or office PC. These interactive classes offer a convenient, time-saving way to participate in classes without needing to travel.
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Analyzes group insurance benefits including the governmental environment, contract provisions, marketing, underwriting, rate making, plan design, cost containment and alternative funding methods. Covers the various private programs related to the economic problems of death, old age and disability. Discusses cafeteria plans, as well as consumerdirected health plans, such as HSAs and HRAs.
Covers various advanced topics in group benefits. Addresses COBRA, ERISA, HIPAA privacy rules, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, health plans for federal workers, voluntary benefits, dental benefits, self-funding, international benefits and ethics.
Provides an overview of individual health insurance that is designed to meet the needs of individuals, families and certain business situations. Covers medical expense insurance, disability income insurance and long-term care insurance. Discusses types of policies, contractual provisions, regulation and underwriting. Consumer-directed health plans are also covered.
Analyzes managed health care in detail. Covers such topics as physician and member behavior, provider compensation, authorization systems, member services, specialty managed care services, value, accreditation, information systems, sales, marketing and federal legislation.
Recommended Course Sequence
Several courses in the program assume prior knowledge of the subject. If you plan to take HS 344 as your elective, you should take HS 325, then HS 340, and conclude with HS 344. If you plan to take HS 313 as your elective, you should take HS 325 and HS 313 prior to taking HS 340.
selected up-to-date readings from the courses in the Registered Health Underwriter (RHU®) and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC®) designation programs. If you are already an RHU® or REBC®, these readings can be used to update your knowledge.
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Cost-effective supplementary study materials, developed in partnership with Kier Educational Resources, are also available for select RHU® courses.
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RHU® Course Policies:
To receive the RHU® designation, you must successfully complete all courses in your selected program, meet experience requirements and ethics standards, and agree to comply with The American College Code of Ethics and Procedures.
Three years of full-time business experience is required for all Huebner School designations. The three-year period must be within the five years preceding the date of the award. An undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited educational institution qualifies as one year of business experience. Part-time qualifying business experience is credited toward the three-year requirement on an hourly basis, with 2,000 hours representing the equivalent of one year full-time experience. The following activities meet the required business experience qualifications included in the RHU® certification process.
Insurance and health care
- Field underwriting and management, including sales and service activities, supervision and management of persons involved in sales or services, or staff support of persons in these activities.
- Company management and operations in positions involving substantial responsibility.
Financial services and employee benefits
- Client service and related management, including direct contact with clients, supervision and management of persons involved directly in the process of providing financial services or employee benefits, or staff support of persons in these activities.
- Financial institution management and operations in positions involving substantial responsibility.
- University or college teaching of subjects related to the Huebner School curriculum on a full-time basis at an accredited institution of higher education.
- Government regulatory service in a responsible administrative, supervisory, or operational capacity.
- Activities directly or indirectly related to the protection, accumulation, conservation, or distribution of the economic value of human life; these include the work of actuaries, attorneys, CPAs, investment advisers, real estate investment advisers, stockbrokers, trust officers, or persons in other similar occupations.
To underscore the importance of ethics standards for Huebner School designations, the Board of Trustees adopted a Code of Ethics in 1984. Embodied in the Code are the Professional Pledge and eight Canons.
"In all my professional relationships, I pledge myself to the following rule of ethical conduct: I shall, in light of all conditions surrounding those I serve, which I shall make every conscientious effort to ascertain and understand, render that service which, in the same circumstances, I would apply to myself."
- Conduct yourself at all times with honor and dignity.
- Avoid practices that would bring dishonor upon your profession or The American College.
- Publicize your achievements in ways that enhance the integrity of your profession.
- Continue your studies throughout your working life so as to maintain a high level of professional competence.
- Do your utmost to attain a distinguished record of professional service.
- Support the established institutions and organizations concerned with the integrity of your profession.
- Participate in building your profession by encouraging and providing appropriate assistance to qualified persons pursuing professional studies.
- Comply with all laws and regulations, particularly as they relate to professional and business activities.
All RHU®s are subject to the PACE Recertification Program. If you are a RHU® who falls into any of the following specified categories, you are required to earn 30 hours of CE credit every two years:
- Licensed insurance agent/broker/consultant
- Licensed security representative/registered investment advisor
- Financial consultant, attorney, accountant, employee benefits specialist, and any other individual who provides insurance, employee benefits, financial planning, or estate planning advice and counsel to the public
If you have earned all 30 CE credits through The American College, you do not have to sign and file a statement of compliance. The College will record CE credits you earned at The College and notify you when you have met the requirements.
If you are a RHU® subject to PACE but do not fall into one of the above categories, you are exempt from the CE requirements. You will be required to notify The College of your exempt status every reporting period, as long as the exemption applies.
A Recertification Fee is applied to First-Time PACE-Required Designees after February 1, 2007. A fee of $250 (recurring every two (2) years) covers multiple designations and is not retroactive for prior PACE-required designees.
*Approximately 90% of PACE recertification fees will be used for public awareness of the designations.
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All requests for refunds must be made in writing to the Office of Professional Education, The American College, 270 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. We will refund your course tuition less a $170 cancellation fee for 30 days into the quarter for which you are registered. Textbooks do not need to be returned and no refund will be given for these textbooks.
Textbooks are regularly revised to reflect recent tax code changes, new legislation, and industry trends so that you can stay current. Revised textbooks are shipped to students on the first day of the month of your selected testing quarter. Textbooks that are not under revision are shipped as soon as the registration is processed. Please contact a Professional Education counselor if you have questions about textbook revisions.
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Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $640 (per course)
Admission Fee: $145*
Shipping: $25 (per course)
Your tuition includes all required study materials, access to convenient online learning tools, and your examination. Supplementary study materials are also available for an additional cost.
*One-time, nonrefundable fee for new enrollees at The College.
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The 5-Year Rule
In order to facilitate timely completion of a student's designation and as part of The College's pledge to offer the most up-to-date material and course offerings, all courses are subject to the 5 Year Rule.
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