HIIM Announcements

Lucy Hay 2014 Scholarship Winner


The Seattle Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) awarded the 2014 Lucy Hay Scholarship Award to two very significant and inspiring individuals! One student was from the University of Washington  and the other was Shoreline's own Sharon Talbert. These students were selected to receive a $1000.00 scholarship award based on their amazing academic performance, commitment to HIM, and outstanding leadership in the HIM community.


In Sharon's own words:  "I happily reside on Seattle's eastside with my wonderful family, whom I adore - my husband, our two children, and our beloved English setter. They have loved and supported me through this adventure – my online schooling journey. This degree will mark a mid-life career change for me. I decided to pursue HIT/HIM, after extensive research, following a lay off in December of 2011. I have always had a love of and passion for health and medicine. I also think HIT/HIM will marry very nicely with my long-ago attained Bachelor's degree in Market Research. I am looking forward to graduating, getting credentialed (RHIT to start), getting a new job, applying what I have learned, and hopefully making a difference in my new, HIM, profession."


The faculty and staff congratulate Sharon on this honor and wish her, and the rest of the graduating class of 2014, the best.


Opportunity Grants could help fund your education!

Opportunity Grants provide assistance with education costs to eligible low-income students who have not yet earned 45 college credits in the U.S.  For eligible students, this could mean a FREE education.


HIIM 134 Medical Terminology has met the Quality Matters Standards

At the present time, Shoreline Community College has been providing training to faculty in the Quality Matters (QM) program. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its approach for independent review and evaluation of courses. A team of three faculty from other colleges or universities review a particular course, upon request, and compare the materials used in the class and its approach to student instruction with a list of rigorous national standards for fully online or hybrid classes. If they believe a course has met 85% or more of the standards, they recognize or certify the course.


Donna Wilde has had her course. HIIM 134 Medical Terminology, reviewed during the spring of 2013 and received word this past August that her course has met the QM standards for online education. This is the first HIIM course that has been reviewed by QM evaluators and plans are underway to have other HIIM course go through this process as well.


Technology Keeps Bringing Us Closer and Closer

When Gloria Anderson wants to talk to her Health Information Technology students, she heads to the Coding Café, virtually.


"Grab a drink and sit down so we can chat," the Shoreline Community College instructor says each week via her computer to medical coding students that are spread across the U.S.  "Meet me at the Coding Café."


Technology is making it easier to deliver information anywhere and anytime. For schools like Shoreline Community College and instructors like Anderson, that means it is easier for students to access their coursework and complete degrees from wherever they can find an Internet connection. Read more...


AtDeskICD-10-CM/PCS Information

Gloria Anderson has completed the AHIMA Train-the-Trainer program as well as successfully passed the certification exam. Shoreline Community College is now pleased to announce Gloria Anderson is a certified ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. With this certification, Gloria will be able to bring up-to-date ICD-10 content to her courses and to the community.


HIIM Job Board

Our job board on our Health Care Informatics and Information Management Programs' website benefits both our community and students. If you have a job posting that you would like to share with us, please send this information to Gloria Anderson. The job announcement will be posted for 60 days (free of charge), after which time, you may contact Gloria to continue with its posting for another 60 days. If a job is filled prior to the 60 days, please let us know so that we can remove it.


How to Order/Purchase Textbooks from the College Bookstore

Now there are three ways students can obtain their textbooks from Shoreline Community College. You can purchase your textbooks by visiting the bookstore directly, online, and for select texts, rental options are available.


To view what textbooks you might need for your courses visit the Shoreline Community College Bookstore. It is easy to view your textbooks online by choosing the quarter in which you will be taking courses and then select the general category of courses from the dropdown menus. Next, choose the class you will be taking and a list of texts should appear. If there is more than one instructor teaching, select your instructor.


For those students wishing to order their textbooks online, a shipping fee may occur. The bookstore is located in the bottom floor of the PUB (Pagoda Union Building). It is always advised that students purchase their textbooks prior to the start of class(es) to best pre-pare for the first day.


Curriculum Changes

As of January 1, 2012, the HIIM programs prerequisites will include: Math 80 Elementary Algebra, English 101 Composition, and BIO 170 Human Biology.


Criminal Background Checks for Health Information Technology Students

Health Information Technology students will be required to have a criminal background check, at their expense, prior to attending professional practice experience (PPE). Students who do not pass this check may have difficulty finding clinical practice sites for their internships and may possibly not be able to complete their program. The Program Director will discuss procedures with students prior to placements at sites. Please note, most health care facilities require all employees to successfully pass criminal background checks before they are hired.