Program Overview

Students seeking an education in management within the health industry may take the online Associate of Applied Science degree from Portland Community College.  The online degree is designed to give students the necessary knowledge and skills to participate in a variety of leadership and management positions applying the core curriculum of good health practices and proper guidance. Effective leaders should be able to foster the practice of good health but also the education of proper public health procedures to the general public.  A management degree concentration in the health and medicine industry may also teach graduates many professional skills and attributes for the efficient operation of a healthcare organization.

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are critical to the role of maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers use to perform  daily tasks of health care.  Students of the HIM degree can use the specialized courses to enhance skills for immediate entrance into hospitals, outpatient clinics, government agencies and private health care industries.  Graduates may use their training of current technological methods required of health information professionals to aid individuals dependent on effective and accurate information.  

As technology is improving, the growing expectations of new entrants to the HIM field is demanding professionals who are knowledgeable in electronic data keeping and leadership while performing optimal integrity through ethics and continuing education.  Graduates may use the accredited program to build fundamental skills to manage and supplement medical staff in non-patient duties. The integral HIM duties allow healthcare organizations to maintain effective procedures used by medical staff. Nurses, physicians, doctors, insurance companies and other financial institutions rely heavily on the information obtained from health information professionals. The curriculum is a combination of information technology and healthcare management courses designed to give students the skills to create, maintain, and manage the complex information systems that gather, store, and transfer Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs).

Graduates of the Health Informatics Management AAS should be able to pursue entry-level positions working with a variety of database systems and programs intrinsic to health information systems. Graduates may also use the core curriculum as the foundation for furthering their educational endeavors at a bachelor's or master's level.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association.

    School Overview

    Initially founded in 1961 as an adult education program, Portland Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education. Since its opening, Portland has expanded to include four campuses and eight academic centers that offer job training, specialized programs and a variety of transfer courses. Portland Community College operates with the mission to “advance the region’s long-term vitality by delivering accessible, quality education to support the academic, professional and personal development of the diverse students and communities it serves.”

    Portland Community College offers certificates and associate's degrees. Students desiring to participate in virtual coursework at PCC have a variety of options, including online degree programs, telecourses, teleweb (hybrid of telecourses and web-based courses), and interactive television classes. Online classes offer working adult students the necessary flexibility to complete assignments and learn in a manner that fits their busy schedules.


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