Health Information Management Admissions: Step 5

Complete prerequesite classes

The following prerequisite classes are available at Portland Community College. If you believe you have met the core requirements of any of these classes at other colleges, please contact to have your transcripts "unofficially" evaluated to determine completion of requirements. Your classwork may need to be evaluated by the Department Chair as well, before you will be advised on whether your previous coursework meets PCC class requirements.

  1. WR 121 - English Composition
  2. MP 111- Medical Terminology
  3. MTH 65 – Introductory Algebra, 2nd term
  4. CAS 133 – Basic Computer Skills/MS Office

All prerequisite classes must be passed with a grade 'C' or above.

Receiving admission points

  • For information on other classes you can take prior to entry into the program and those that receive admission points see the advising guide.
  • Students will be ranked in order of points and time of application, so it is to your advantage to get your application in early in case your points put you at the cutoff for admission. Often a student has the same points as a student entering the program, but will miss the opportunity to join the program because of a late application.
  • See the HIM packet for more information on the Essays and Supplemental Questions (see step 6), including grading rubric and specific questions.

The following describes the points used for admission. A total of 46 points is possible. Students with the most points will be invited into the program, and other students will be placed on an alternate list in the order of points and time of application.

Prerequisite classes (6 points for As, 4 for Bs, 2 for Cs, 24 points max.)

  • WR 121 - English Composition
  • MP 111- Medical Terminology
  • MTH 65 – Introductory Algebra, 2nd term (or higher math class – best grade)
  • CAS 133 – Basic Computer Skills/MS Office
  • Essay questions (0 - 5 points each, 10 points max.)

  • Essay Question 1 – Reason for Entering the program
  • Essay Question 2 – Working with Diverse Populations
  • Supplemental questions (0 - 3 points each, 12 points max.)

  • Question 1 – Health Related Experience
  • Question 2 – Experience working with database software
  • Question 3 – Experience working with Confidential Information
  • Question 4 – Community Volunteer Experience
  • Prior Application (1 point if you have applied in the previous two years)