The first course in Clinical Coding – includes Clinical Coding Introduction (as offered by other RTOs such as HIMAA). The course includes:
- Duties and responsibilities of clinical coders
- The coding process and the key tools
- Data abstraction from clinical records for the purpose of coding
- Use ICD-10-AM (10th edition) to obtain the correct code, including correct application of coding standards.
Why this course
This course is flexible and is an ideal start to a career in clinical coding. It includes explanations, theory, practice exercises for abstracting and coding.This is step 1 on the pathway to a career as a clinical coder. You will have access to highly experienced clinical coders and trainers.
Who should do this course?
Any person, working or wishing to use ICD-10-AM (10th Edition) including:
- Administrative or clerical staff working in dental centre, required to provide ICD-10-AM codes
- Data managers working in dental environments who design, develop queries or interpret information using ICD-10-AM codes
- Dentistry researchers who use or collect data using ICD-10-AM codes
Structure and what to expect
Online with tutor support (you don’t have to work on your own). The skills are taught as modules, including electives. You may progress at your own rate and start whenever you wish. Suggested pace of 1 module every 2 weeks each of which will take students approximately 15 hours to complete.
- Taught over 7 modules
- 3-6 months for course completion
Text and Materials Provided
Required Text: ICD-10-AM (9th Edition). You will not be able to complete the course without this resource. You may choose paper books, or electronic books. Students of this course are entitled to student rates when purchasing the code books.
The course provides:
- Learner’s guide which acts as a text and reference as well as a guide on how to move through the course. The guides include fully worked examples of data abstraction and coding with discussion (scenarios)
- Presentation video of key content where relevant
- Exercises to make sure you understand and give you experience in the issues covered
- Answers to the exercises and discussions are provided to assist your progress and understanding
- Chat room where you can ask questions and chat with the tutor and with other students
- References – to other sites and documents to assist additional learning
- Assessment – formal assessment of your skills (similar to the exercises but assessed). This is a timed online assessment process and individual feedback is provided
eHE is authorised by the Australian Government to issue qualifications including certificates associated with this course.
You will receive the certificate of attainment upon successful completion. If you do not complete or pass you may request an attendance certificate.
Formal Nationally recognised competencies include:
- BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology
- HLTADM005 Produce coded clinical data
This course has been designed with consideration of the requirements for ‘work ready’ clinical coders. eHE staff and contributors have been active participants in the national Workforce evaluations of clinical coder education, and the recent review undertaken by the Victorian Government which led to the development of the Victorian Cert IV in Clinical Classification.
Our course developers and tutors have worked as coders, auditors, and lecturers in Health Information Management Programs and many have been senior members of the Health Information Management Association National Board. They have worked as advisers to coding services in Australia and internationally and are regarded as senior members of the profession.
In 2014 eHE presented academic papers to the HIMAA Conference on an analysis of current educational competencies for Clinical Coding and at the Clinical Documentation Coding and Analysis Conference on Development of Clinical Coder Skills, an alternative approach. The response from the industry to these presentations as well as that received from students has been taken into account in the development of this course.