HIT students participate in internships known as Professional Practice Experiences (PPE) to complete their academic programs. The 40-80 hour unpaid PPE provides hands-on experience, blending classroom theory with practice. We have relationships with acute care, long-term care, and alternative care employers throughout the Puget Sound region. For distance-learning students, you are responsible for finding an agreeable site. The PPE coordinator will assist in securing the affiliation agreement between TCC and the facility.
Please note that internships cannot be done on the weekends. Most of our sites can only accommodate interns during the work week within normal business hours. Students must obtain federal and Washington State background checks and specific immunizations prior to beginning their PPE. Additionally, students may be required to take a drug test. The costs and conditions for these requirements are outlined in the PPE Student Handbook below.
Information for Students
- PPE Student Handbook
- Immunizations and Insurance Guide
- Student Time Sheets
- PPE Student Experience Survey
- PPE Student Interview: Watch this video to learn more about the PPE Experience.
Information for Employers: Becoming an Internship Site
If your organization would like to be an internship site, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participating sites are compensated with up to 5 AHIMA-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per year for credentialed staff who mentor students and one free admission to the Annual HIM Spring Leadership Conference at TCC.
There are two options for completing student evaluations at the end of the internship. You may complete the paper copy (please mail or scan and attach to email returning to PPE Coordinator) or electronic copy (automatically sent to PPE Coordinator). Both forms capture the same information.