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Apply to Health Information Management

To join this program, you must apply for admission. This moderately competitive program accepts 35 students every fall term. We usually receive about 45-55 applications for these 35 spots. Candidates who are most successful have strong computer and communication skills. The selection process is based on a point system – see below how to earn points and become a more competitive applicant.

Questions? Attend an information session or talk with a program advisor.

How to apply

  1. Apply to PCC

    Applying to PCC is free and only takes a few minutes. Complete this step as soon as possible so you can start using PCC resources. On the application, choose Associate of General Studies for your major. (Your major will be updated after you’re admitted to the program.)
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  2. Application timeline
    Term you want to start Apply to Health Info Management
    Fall 2021 Admission is closed
    Fall 2022 January 18 – June 24, 2022: Deadline Extended!
    Take prerequisites

    Prerequisites can be completed through Summer term 2022. All prerequisite classes must be passed with a grade “C” or above before formally being admitted. If you have met the core requirements of any of these classes at other colleges, contact healthca@pcc.edu to have your transcripts unofficially evaluated.

    • WR 121: English Composition
    • MP 111: Medical Terminology
    • MTH 58: Math Literacy I, or MTH 65: Introductory Algebra – 2nd term
    • CIS 120: Digital Literacy Skills
    • CIS 121: Information Systems and Programming
  3. Prepare essays

    Write answers to the following questions. Each response should be 200-400 words. You’ll submit these with your application. The career center at Cascade Campus can help with your essays. Make an appointment for some guidance, a bit of proofreading and idea brainstorming. Contact connect2@pcc.edu or 971-722-5600 and ask for an appointment with Tanya Maldonado.

    • Essay question 1: Attention to detail, task management/multitasking, and communication are important attributes for success in the HIM program. Choose one of these attributes you consider a strength and explain why you consider it a strength and how you believe this will help you to be successful in the program.
    • Essay question 2: Describe your experience related to healthcare and how this experience led you to apply to this program.
    • Essay question 3: Explain why you think a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to a successful career in healthcare? Include at least one example of your approach to working with people from different backgrounds or cultures.
    • Essay question 4: Grades and experience are just one part of who you are. What would you like us to know about you that has not been addressed in other parts of the application?
  4. Check basic qualifications

    This program includes or requires educational experiences that take place in clinical/field environments. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division requires students in clinical/field environments to comply with vaccination requirements, including COVID-19 vaccination. Students are also required to pass a criminal background check and drug screenings. If you have any questions, please contact healthca@pcc.edu.

  5. Submit application

    Complete the application to Health Information Management.

After you apply

You’ll be notified about your application status by the end of May. Check your MyPCC email: all communication is done through your PCC email account.

If you have been accepted into the program, you will be invited to a mandatory orientation.

How are applicants selected?

Students will receive admission points for grades in prerequisite classes and a variety of short answer essay questions:

  • Prerequisite coursework GPA – 20 points max
  • Essay question 1: Program success attributes – 30 points max
  • Essay question 2: Experience – 25 points max
  • Essay question 3: Diversity, equity, and inclusion – 10 points max
  • Essay question 4: Personal context – 20 points max

For detailed information on the point system, see the printable admissions advising guide.

Applicants who qualify, but do not have the top points for admission, will be notified of their status as a program alternate. Often, alternates are eventually selected for the program. Alternates will be listed in order of points, and in the case of students receiving the same points, the order the applications were received by admissions.


This program requires students to use applications during the second year of the program that do not formally support Mac. If you use a Mac, you will be responsible for your own application access support or you may need to use Parallels Desktop or a similar application that supports Windows programs on a Mac.

Since the program is fully online, applicants also need strong computer skills and must be comfortable using Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.