Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management)

Approved Abbreviation: BICT(HIM)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3711.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 088187A

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2015 or later.

The increasing use of electronic health records requires the accurate and efficient capture, maintenance, security and reporting of health information and the Bachelor of Information Commnications Technology (Health Information Management) course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to build software systems and undertake roles relating to the classification, coding and management of health information within a healthcare setting.

This Course will offer students the opportunity to seek employment in health information management and/or clinical coding, recognised as workforce skills shortage areas .Specific content areas addressed include Health Informatics, Systems Analysis and Design, Medical Terminology, Database Design and Development, Healthcare Data Environments, Clinical Classification and Coding, Programming, Web Development, Computer Networking, Health Service Management, Activity Based Funding and Data Quality and Healthcare Software and Systems.

The course also offers direct industry experience via a 20 day work placement.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management) is accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at Professional level. Accreditation with the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) is currently being sought. Successful certification will see graduates eligible for professional accreditation status with both bodies.


Applicants may be regarded as eligible for admission if they have completed the NSW HSC and attained the required ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), or have completed other equivalent qualifications such as a recognised Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Recognition of prior learning may be considered for applicants with Certificate III or Certificate IV in conjunction with relevant industry experience.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

300580Programming Fundamentals
100483Principles of Professional Communication 1
300585Systems Analysis and Design
300700Statistical Decision Making

Spring session

300565Computer Networking
300581Programming Techniques
300104Database Design and Development
300566Introduction to Health Informatics

Year 2

Autumn session

300582Technologies for Web Applications
300095Computer Networks and Internets
300144Object Oriented Analysis
300950Fundamentals of Medical Concepts and Terminology

Spring session

300583Web Systems Development
300958Social Web Analytics
300955Healthcare Data Environments
400277Health Services Management

Year 3

Autumn session

300570Human-Computer Interaction
300578Professional Development
300951Clinical Classification and Coding
400787Health Services Management Practice

Spring session

300579Professional Experience
300956Healthcare Software and Systems
300953Advanced Clinical Classification
300954Activity Based Funding/Casemix and Data Quality

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