Health Information Management - Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in the HIM program. Are there any exceptions to the application guidelines, processes, or timelines?

Admission is based on completion of the pre-requisites and completed application submission. Applications submitted with missing or sub-par pre-requisites will not be considered. All application requirements must be completed on or before the application deadline. Applications are available on our Application Information page. You may also contact the Health Professions advisors at

What courses and activities do I need to complete my application?

All of the following courses need to be completed prior to admission into the HIM (these courses make up the Basic Health Care certificate)

  • HO/HP100 Medical Terminology
  • HO/HP150 Human Body Systems 1
  • HO/HP152 Human Body Systems 2 (or all three: BI 231, BI232, and BI233)
  • MTH052 Math for Physical Science, or higher, (3-4 credits)
  • WR115 Intro to College Writing, or higher
  • Choice of:  (3-4 credits)
    • CIS101 Computer Fundamentals, or
    • CS120 Concepts of Computing: Information Processing, or
    • BT120 MS Word

It's been awhile since I have been in college. Do I need to retake any classes?

The above classes must have been successfully completed (with a “C” or better) within the last five years of your application year. If you have worked in a related field within the last five years and have prior course work equivalent to HO/HP 100, HO/HP150, and HO/HP152, you are invited to consult the program coordinator to review your experience for equivalency.

How many students will the program accept? What are my chances in getting admitted?

Currently, we are able to accept students into the HIM program without cap limits.

Do I have to be an Oregon resident to be accepted in the HIM program?

The program is open to distance-learning students. Oregon residency is not required. 

I've taken classes outside of Lane that seem similar to the prerequisites.  Will the program accept my previous coursework?

All courses must be transferable for credit towards an AAS degree at LCC. Students with military experience are encouraged to consult with Enrollment Services for course equivalencies. Students should use the Lane transfer tool to determine if previous coursework will be accepted as the equivalent at LCC. The transfer tool is also referenced on the program application.

I am not sure if online courses are right for me, any suggestions?

The following link will help you to determine if online coursework is a good match for you.

Online Readiness Questionnaire

Our online course are taught by fully qualified instructors. Students will have access to their instructors via email and Moodle messaging as well as scheduled office hours (may be virtual or on campus). Students are most successful when they set regular times each week for study and completion of assignments. Having good reading comprehension and taking the opportunity to ask the instructor questions when clarification is needed are important in student success. The Academic Technology Center of Lane Community College offers a “How To” Moodle tutorial. Students also have access to the Student Help Desk (SHeD) by telephone or email for technology support.

I am concerned about the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen.  How might the outcome affect my program eligibility?

All students must complete a criminal background check and drug screen in order to begin cooperative education placements. While a flagged background check does not automatically exclude you from the program, if the program is unable to place you in a clinical setting due to something in your history or alcohol and drug screen, you may not be able to complete the program. This includes testing positive for marijuana. Even though it is legal in Oregon, it may affect your ability to be in a clinical setting. If you have any history of criminal activity or concerns about drug screen outcomes, you are encouraged to contact program advising,

I think I am ready to apply to the HIM Program. Can someone help me review my transcripts to see if I have everything I need?

Yes. Students may utilize their MyGradPlan “What If” functionality for the Basic Health Care Career Pathway certificate to see if they have met the application prerequisites. Additionally, Program advisors can help. Email for guidance.  You may also request a schedule of drop-in hours.

Is the HIM program accredited by a professional organization?

There are no accreditations at this time. However, the Medical Coding Career Pathway prepares graduates to take an entry-level coding exam from either AAPC or AHIMA.