HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding

VU course code: HLT50321 | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time
15 July 2024
08 July 2024


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

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.
NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Fees & scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




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.