Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Admissions Process

Information Sessions

Students must attend a Health Informatics information session between January and June 2015 to be considered for fall 2015 admissions.

  • Pre-registration not required
  • All sessions are one hour long
  • All sessions will be held on the Sylvania Campus, TCB Building, Room 312 except for the Online Session on April 22nd

2015 Health Informatics Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, January 29th, 10am
  • Wednesday, February 18th, 2pm
  • Tuesday, March 24th, 6pm
  • Online via Collaborate: Wednesday, April 22nd, 6pm*
  • Tuesday, May 12th, 10am
  • Wednesday, June 10th, 1pm

*On April 22nd at 6pm, log into Collaborate Session

The Health Informatics program is a limited entry program, which accepts 15 students every fall. Some of the required courses for the health informatics program are only offered online via PCC’s Desire2Learn Course Management System. Students are expected to be comfortable and confident in navigating an online classroom format. This requires more reading on the part of students, as well as comfort with computer technology.

Students can complete this degree as a part-time or full-time student. However, they must commit to taking some required courses in certain terms in order to stay in the program.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students must complete WR 121, CIS 120, CIS 121, and MP 111 with grades of C or better and meet the MTH 65 competency by either completing MTH 65 or higher with a grade of C or better or by passing the MTH 65 competency exam, by the end of the spring term in the year they wish to start the AAS degree in Health Informatics.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time they apply for the program, to be considered for this program.

Once accepted into the program students must pass all CIS and HIM classes with grades of C or better and maintain academic Good Standing to remain in the program.

Please note that criminal background checks and drug tests are required in most health care industry jobs, including health informatics.

Admissions Steps

Step 1) Apply to PCC

Apply for admissions. Declare the Associate of General Studies as your major.

Step 2) Take College Placement Tests

If you have college credits from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States, you may submit an unofficial copy of your transcripts to advising to see if you can have the placement tests waived. Please include your G number (student ID number) and phone number or email address with your transcripts.

Step 3) Take prerequisite courses

  • WR 121 (English Composition)
  • MTH 65 (intro to algebra II) or higher
  • CIS 120 (Computer Concepts I)
  • CIS 121 (Computer Concepts II)
  • MP 111 (Medical Terminology)

If you have prior college credits from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States that you believe will cover some or all of the prerequisite courses above, submit your official transcripts to student records for an evaluation and then request an official evaluation.

Step 4) Attend an information session

Attend a Health Informatics information session. These information sessions will be held from January through June for admissions to the fall term of that year. All Information Sessions are held on the Sylvania Campus, TCB Building, Room 312.

The April 22nd Session will be held online via the web-based program, Collaborate. If you have never used this technology before, please read through how to log into a Collaborate Session at least one day prior to April 22nd. Please be ready to log into the April 22nd online information session about 15 minutes prior to 6pm.

Step 5) Submit an application

An application will be sent to you by email after you have attended an information session. Applications are due by Monday, June 15, 2015.