About the Program
Designed for the dynamic field of health information management, this program integrates the disciplines of medicine, computer technology and business management into a challenging career path. The graduate is prepared to perform technical and supervisory duties in organizing, analyzing and generating health data for reimbursement, planning, quality assessment, research and the legal issues surrounding the release of health information.
In addition to well-equipped on-campus laboratories, the program uses the health information departments of area health care facilities such as Prince George's Hospital Center, Holy Cross Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Civista Medical Center.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certifying examination. Satisfactory completion of the program and this examination entitles one to use the title Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
There are over 145 associate degree programs in the continental United States, and two in Puerto Rico. PGCC is one of four programs in Maryland.
The Health Information Management Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs since 1978.
There are two full-time faculty and more than 20 outside agencies used for directed clinical practice.
Admission to the Health Information Management program occurs each fall semester after meeting all entrance requirements. Students may enroll in general education courses in any semester. See Admissions Information.
A partial evening/weekend program assists students who work while completing their education.
Tara McDaniel, BS, RHIA
Clinical Records Director for Outpatient Services
D.C. Department of Mental Health
Class of 1999
Diane Stubbs, MS, RHIT, CTR
North Arundel Hospital
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Class of 1994
Cynthia Graves, RHIT
Senior Clinical Data Manager
Class of 2004
Mary Ann Adkins, RHIA, CCS
Coding Compliance Coordinator
Sibley Memorial Hospital
Class of 1994
Elaine Back, RHIT
Health Data Analyst
Quality Assurance Tissue & Blood Review
Holy Cross Hospital
Silver Spring, Maryland
Class of 1993
The Health Information Management Program is fully accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
The laboratory is equipped with computers, laser printers and application software. Software includes Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, 3M ICD-9-CM/HCPCS encoder/DRG grouper/APCFINDER/References, SoftMED physician/record tracking reporting systems, MEDISOFT physician office accounting systems, and IMPAC.
The Health Information Management program has been designated by the Maryland Higher Education Commission as a statewide program. Students who reside outside of Prince George's County, but within the state of Maryland, may be eligible for tuition adjustment to the in-county fee. See catalog for details.