Diploma of Clinical Coding

Course Code HLT50321

The role of the Clinical Coder is to assign codes for conditions (including certain health status and circumstances of injury and poisoning) and health interventions, in accordance with recognised classifications and associated directives, that have been documented by clinicians in relation to patient health care events.

In accordance with Australian Coding Standards, Clinical Coders are expected to analyse all areas of the clinical record relevant to the episode and seek clinical clarification regarding any areas that are unclear or where more information is required prior to code assignment (refer to ACS excerpt Attachment A).

Once codes have been assigned, Clinical Coders can be expected to enter these codes into the hospital’s patient administration system and ensure that an AR-DRG group is allocated.

Delivery Method

The Diploma of Clinical Coding is delivered through a blended delivery method. Students are provided with learner resources for each unit of competency. Theory assessment is submitted through our online assessment management system.

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate you can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Research reports
  • Analysing patient records

Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL considers previous formal study and work experience and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when aapplying for credit transfer.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Diploma of Clinical Coding it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent. In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old. If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Literacy, Language, Numeracy (LLN)
Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN). Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by completing an LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.

Fee-paying

To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance by allowing students to take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information).

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

Trainer Support

You will be provided with a team of dedicated trainers who are there to support and guide you through. You may contact our trainers via phone and e-mail for assistance. Our trainers will also contact you on a regular basis to ensure you are on track to finish your qualification within your timeframe. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey.

In addition to our trainers, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

The Diploma of Clinical Coding has been packaged to include:
8 units are required to be awarded for this qualification. To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the right hand side of this page.

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Funding for Queensland

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre- qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Certificate 3 Guarantee. The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate III or higher qualification. Qualifications undertaken at school do not affect eligibility.

Qualifications offered by Health Industry Training under the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding

QUALIFICATION CONCESSION
PRICE
NON-CONCESSION
PRICE
CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support $150.00 $300.00
HLT37121 Certificate III in Hospital or Health Services Pharmacy Support  $390.00  $650.00
HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance $220.00 $660.00
CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services $360.00 $720.00
HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration $260.00 $780.00
HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance $300.00 $900.00
HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection $280.00 $840.00

Concessional participants are defined as follows:

  • the participant holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependent of a person who holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card, and is named on the card; or
  • the participant can provide an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependent, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner concession card; or
  • the participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Higher Level Skills Funding

Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre- qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Higher Level Skills Funding. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate IV or higher qualification. Qualifications undertaken at school do not effect eligibility.

Qualifications offered by Health Industry Training under the Higher Level Skills funding:

Qualification Concession Price Non-Concession Price
CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support $540.00 $1,050.00
CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health $150.00 $825.00
CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support $200.00 $600.00
HLT47715 Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting $690.00 $1,380.00
HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance $180.00 $360.00
CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work $360.00 $900.00
CHC42021 Certificate IV in Community Services $750.00 $1,200.00
HLT47321 Certificate IV Health Administration $300.00 $750.00
CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health $150.00 $825.00
HLT47121 Certificate IV in Hospital or Health Services Pharmacy Support $630.00 $1,050.00
HLT57715 Diploma of Practice Management $1,500.00 $2,250.00
CHC52021 Diploma of Community Services  $800.00  $1,600.00

Concessional participants are defined as follows:

  • the participant holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependent of a person who holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card, and is named on the card; or
  • the participant can provide an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependent, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner concession card; or
  • the participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Traineeships

Health Industry Training is working in partnership with Australian Apprenticeship Centers to increase the awareness of FUNDED training available to new and existing staff residing in Queensland, through the Australian Apprenticeships Scheme.

User Choice

The User Choice Program addresses skills needs by making government funding available to Health Industry Training  to deliver training for particular qualifications to eligible trainees. Additional incentives for employers may also be available. Health Industry Training can offer the following qualifications under the User Choice Program:

  • CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (new employees)
  • HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (new employees)
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services
  • HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Traineeship

Under the Traineeship Program, employers may be eligible for funding to provide training to new or existing workers. The following qualifications can be delivered by Health Industry Training under the Traineeship Program:

  • HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
  • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services
  • HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration
  • HLT47315 Certificate IV in Health Administration
  • CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • HLT47715 Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting
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User Choice traineeship funding now available in Tasmania for selected qualifications. Please call our office on 07 3082 3960 to enquire.

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Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills program provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in selected certificate IV level or above qualifications, and priority skill sets.

The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university to continue their studies. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.

Answer the following questions to test your eligibility for funding.

  • Are you an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident?*
  • Are you 16 years or over and no longer at school?*
  • Do you currently hold or are you enrolled in a Certificate IV or higher qualification?*
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You may be eligible for Higher Level Skills Funding for this course. Please submit this enquiry form.

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You are eligible to apply for a full fee paying place in this course. To receive your enrolment pack please complete the Course Enquiry Form.

You are eligible to apply for a full fee paying place in this course. To receive your enrolment pack please complete the Course Enquiry Form.

You are eligible to apply for a full fee paying place in this course. To receive your enrolment pack please complete the Course Enquiry Form.

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Courses Duration

Maximum 12 months

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Course Fees

Full Fee Paying

$5000

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Delivery Method

Flexible

Individual needs approach to learning

Prospective
Career Roles

Clinical Coder

Enrolment Method

Open enrolment