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Health Information Management

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Combining health care with information technology

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that physicians, nurses and other health care providers rely on to deliver quality health care. As the experts in patient health data management, they work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, government agencies and private industry. As emerging technologies work towards a fully electronic future, HIM professionals are needed to fill the growing work force. They will be called on to improve efficiency in health care facilities by optimizing efficiency in billing and improving electronic data integrity through quality management. With estimated projections in employment expected to grow faster than average, this is a rapidly expanding profession in an exciting area of health care.

PCC Health Information Management student

At PCC, our Health Information Management program provides you with the fundamental skills necessary to begin a career in health information management. The HIM Associate Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Learn about our outcome metrics in the HIM program review.

The college's HIM program is delivered via Online Learning using D2L learning management system. This method of online education provides students with an independent learning environment and the ability to take classes off campus. Students can receive weekly lessons, complete assignments and communicate in a virtual classroom setting. Taking courses through online learning can allow more schedule flexibility, reduces the time you spend commuting and brings college right to your fingertips. This program requires students to use applications during 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.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination given through the American Health Information Management Association, allowing you to become a professionally recognized RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician).

What's Next?

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  1. Attend an information session
  2. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since this is a restricted entry program, you should choose Associate of General Studies for now. Your major will be changed once you've applied and been accepted into the program.
  3. Plan how you'll pay for college
  4. Apply for the Health Information Management program