Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Homepage

Student in medical attire standing in front of a computer in a medical office

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?

Salary

The Oregon Employment Department reports that health information technicians in the Portland area earn an average annual salary of $49,000.

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.

Flexibility
  • Taking courses online allows for more schedule flexibility and reduces the time you spend commuting.
  • With a full time and part time track to completion, we work with students to find a schedule that will help them complete the program successfully.
  • Credit for Prior Learning and Transfer Credit are available.
Quality
  • Our program is CAHIIM accredited and the highest quality of its kind.
  • Our faculty are involved in continuous professional development and are expert professional leaders, with experience serving in association leadership positions at the state and national level.
  • Our Advisory committee has reps from Kaiser, Legacy, Providence, and more. The committee ensure curriculum is state of the art and helps connect students to employment opportunities.
Program outcomes
  • Graduation rate, 2019-2020: 85%
  • Employment rate, 2020 graduates: 80%
  • RHIT exam first-time pass rate, 2019-2020: 100%
Student success
  • Proven track record of students success and employment.
  • We have a 100% first-time pass rate on the RHIT exam. The national average is 72%.
  • We have an 80% retention rate from the beginning to the end of the program – also very high for a fully online program.
Accreditation statement

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredited logoThe 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 info@cahiim.org.

Degrees and certificates

Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Health Information Management2 yearsLimited entry, see how
to get into this program

Locations

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
  • HMOs
  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Law offices
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Payer organizations
  • Policy organizations
  • Research organizations

Interested in watching more PCC Health Info Management videos? View our ICD-10 coding YouTube playlist.

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

Next steps

See how to get into this program.Get started now

Not quite ready to apply?

We can help you get the info you need.