1 year full time
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Start dates:
29 January 2024
8 July 2024
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Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Launch a rewarding career as a clinic coder in the health industry, with a Diploma of Clinical Coding HLT50321 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Clinical coders play an essential role in Australia's healthcare system by ensuring the quality and accuracy of important health data.

As part of this online course, you will develop the knowledge needed to apply coding to medical information.

You will learn how to:

  • interpret health care records and clinical documentation
  • use correct medical terminology
  • undertake basic to moderately complex clinical coding.

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Careers in health

Once you finish this course, you’ll have acquired the skills and knowledge needed to gain employment as an entry-level coder.

Entry-level clinical coders are responsible for the coding of moderately complex medical records.

They produce health data that:

  • meets national and jurisdictional reporting requirements
  • assists in health service planning
  • monitors patient safety
  • assists in research
  • underpins information for the hospital funding models.

Course structure

To be awarded the HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding, a student must successfully complete a total of eight (8) units of competency, comprising of:
- eight (8) core units.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).


The Diploma of Clinical Coding course reflects the role of entry level clinical coders who use a range of skills and knowledge to analyse clinical documentation using a standardised classification system for assigning codes to represent care provided to patients in the health care system.
The strength and viability of the coding workforce will continue to grow giving employers a greater pool of talent from which to recruit. Victorian employers will have the added benefit of having first access to most of the graduates in the VU program.Victoria University and the state of Victoria as a whole can continue establishing themselves as leaders in the development and training of a highly skilled and job-ready clinical coding workforce.

Occupational titles may include:
Ambulance community officer;
Ambulance Transport Attendant;
Emergency medical technician
Patient transport officer
- Advanced First Aider.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be guaranteed entry only.

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How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Available start dates:

  • 29 January 2024
  • 8 July 2024

Before you apply

Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

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