La Trobe University

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management

Overview

2018 'Clearly In' ATAR*
Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

This double degree prepares you for a career in both the clinical and business sides of health care, with an emphasis on clinical coding, health data analysis, health informatics (including e-health) and management. These are all key factors in enabling the Australian healthcare system to function effectively.

Health information managers work behind the scenes in all areas of healthcare, from hospitals and community health centres to specialist disease registries. There's currently a national shortage of professionals in this field, and salaries range from $60,000 per year at entry level to $180,000 per year at senior level. In NSW, the approximate starting salary is $69, 000.

In your first year, you'll learn the foundations of human bioscience. Over the next three years, you'll go on to specialise in health information systems. Your subjects will cover everything from anatomy, physiology and medical terminology to health informatics, management of electronic health information systems, electronic medical records, coding and classification of diseases, health data analysis and health information ethics and law.

Professional placements are an integral part of this course and students often find employment with their host company after graduation. In second year, you'll complete five days of placement, followed by 15 days in third year and 45 days of supervised professional placements in fourth year.

If you choose, you can finish your degree after three years to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification). This enables you to work as a clinical coder.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

VCE: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

HSC: One of English (Standard); English (Advanced) (Band 3); English as a Second Language (Band 4); plus Band 2 in one of Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; Physics; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

VCE: Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. NOTE: basic knowledge of secondary mathematics (to Year 11) is assumed. HSC: Relevant paid or unpaid work experience will be considered. You must provide a statement outlining relevant paid and/or unpaid work experience, education and motivation to undertake the course. Applicants who have not completed tertiary studies and will be 21 years of age at the start of the year in which study commences are recommended to undertake the Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice version.

Subject bonus

VCE: A study score of 25 in Health and Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

HSC: Applicants will be given one bonus point for successful completion of the following subjects at Band 3: Mathematics General 2, Mathematics, HSC Mathematics Extension 1, HSC Mathematics Extension 2, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Senior Science; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE). Applicants will be given one bonus point for successful completion of any language subject other than English at Band 2. An overall maximum of five points is available.

Career outcomes

Graduates of our double degree can work as health information managers in a variety of medical institutions, including healthcare technology development companies.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management is accredited by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). Membership requires an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.

Additional costs

Students should allow approximately AUD$400 for specialised health classification/coding books (These books must be purchased every two years. Students can only purchase these books from a specialised supplier). In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018:
- All Victorian campuses
- Sydney Campus

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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Additional information

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: