HIMAA has delivered industry standard distance education training in comprehensive medical terminology and clinical coding for more than sixteen years. In March 2010 HIMAA was registered as a training organisation (code number 91660) and clinical coding courses for Australian residents are nationally recognised training (NRT). HIMAA courses are designed to prepare students for employment as a clinical coder and to improve existing coders' skills and knowledge.
Clinical coders convert information from patients' medical records into alphanumeric codes according to a health classification system. These codes form part of data collection which is used for research, funding and health care planning. Clinical coders must have an excellent attention to detail in order to produce high levels of accuracy. They must also have a comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology.
Comprehensive medical terminology and clinical coding require a well-developed understanding of the English language, both written and spoken, and the ability to translate numerical information. For this reason it is recommended that students of HIMAA courses have an English level of 7 according to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If English is your second language or you are not sure of your level of ability to write and understand language and numbers, please visit http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information.aspx for information about testing, sample questions and locations for testing.
Clinical coders should be able to work as part of a team, have good communication skills and be interested in healthcare, disease processes and procedure developments. No previous experience in clinical coding is necessary when considering this career pathway. However previous experience in nursing, medicine, biological sciences, other health services or a health-related clerical background such as medical secretary or reception work may be beneficial.
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