Health information management professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting, and analyzing the data that healthcare providers rely on. The Oregon Employment Department forecasts the employment of health information technicians in the Portland area will grow 14.1% through 2027.
Why choose Health Information Management at PCC?
The Oregon Employment Department reports that health information technicians in the Portland area earn between $14.74 and $32.51 per hour. The average annual salary is $49,268.
Portland Community College’s Health Information Management (HIM) program is delivered almost entirely online. You will receive weekly lessons, complete assignments, and communicate in a virtual classroom setting. Your only on-site requirement will be your work experience practicum.
Taking courses online allows for more schedule flexibility, reduces the time you spend commuting, and brings college right to your fingertips.
Graduates taking the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam for the first-time had a 100% pass rate, and those retaking the exam had a 95% pass rate. The retention and graduation rate from the beginning of the program was 85% for the fall 2017 cohort.
The Health Information Management accreditor of Portland Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the AAS degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2020-2021. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.233.1134; or by email at email@example.com.
Degrees and certificates
PCC offers many options to meet your goals: short-term certificates, two-year degrees, and university transfer options.
Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.
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to get into this program
What will you learn?
Health information professionals are called on to improve efficiency in healthcare facilities by optimizing efficiency in billing and improving electronic data integrity through quality management.
At PCC, our Health Information Management program provides you with the fundamental skills necessary to begin a career:
- Manage medical records and health information systems
- Enhance the quality and uses of data within the healthcare industry
- Summarize data into useful information
- Comply with standards and regulations regarding health information
- Protect the privacy and security of patient health information
- Ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users
- Code health information for reimbursement and research
What will you do?
You will work in a variety of healthcare settings including:
- Accounting firms
- Government agencies
- Law offices
- Outpatient clinics
- Payer organizations
- Policy organizations
- Research organizations
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What will I do on the job?
You will manage:
- Access for legitimate data users
- Coding health information for reimbursement and research
- Compliance with standards and regulations
- Enhancement of the quality and use of data
- Health information systems
- Integrity and completeness of health information
- Summations of data
- Privacy and security of patient health information
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Limited entry awards have an additional application process. Learn about the prerequisite requirements for the Health Information Management program.