Online Class: Medical Terminology for Medical Coders

This medical terminology course for medical coders covers the medical terminology used by professional medical coders in today's healthcare industry.

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  • 22
    Lessons
  • 36
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 2,504
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 14
    Hours
    average time
  • 1.4
    CEUs
 
 

Course Description

Medical Terminology Mastery: Essential Knowledge for Modern Medical Coders

In an ever-evolving healthcare landscape, the accuracy and precision of medical documentation are more vital than ever. Medical coders serve as pivotal players in this complex system, ensuring correct terminology for proper patient care, billing, and overall communication. The World Health Organization notes that an estimated 20-25% of all medical errors are attributed to misunderstandings or miscommunication, many of which stem from incorrect medical terminology.

Why This Course?

To address the need for skilled and knowledgeable medical coders, we present our comprehensive course on Medical Terminology tailored specifically for today's medical coding professionals. Beyond just a glossary of terms, our course delves deep into the origins and structures of medical words, fostering a true understanding rather than rote memorization. By diving into the word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, you gain the tools to decipher even unfamiliar terms, a skill essential in an industry where new conditions, treatments, and technologies continually emerge.

Detailed Curriculum with Real-World Applications

Each section of the course dedicates itself to specific body systems, their related ailments, treatments, and procedures. For instance, when discussing the cardiovascular system, you won't just learn the terms; you'll understand conditions like 'atherosclerosis' by breaking it down: 'athero-' (fat), '-scler-' (hardness), and '-osis' (condition). Such insights can prove invaluable when coding complex medical records.

The course structure:

  1. Foundational Lessons (1-3): Starting with medical basics, we then dive into the building blocks of medical words, ensuring a solid foundation.

  2. Body System Focus (4-20): Each body system is explored in detail. For instance, the digestive system covers everything from common conditions like 'gastritis' to more intricate procedures.

  3. Advanced Medical Procedures & Instrumentation (21): Gain insight into the tools and tests commonly used in today's medical world, enhancing your understanding and coding accuracy.

  4. Final Exam (22): Assess your newly acquired knowledge and proficiency in medical terminology.

Throughout the course, real-world examples enhance understanding, making connections between the terms learned and their application in actual medical scenarios.

For Whom?

While beginners will find this course an invaluable resource in understanding and mastering medical terminology's vast landscape, seasoned coders will also benefit. With continuous medical advancements and the introduction of new terms and procedures, even experienced coders need periodic refreshers.

Benefits of Enrolling

  1. Deep Understanding: Learn not just the what, but the why behind each term.

  2. Career Advancement: With a solid grasp of medical terminology, you'll stand out in the job market and within your current organization.

  3. Reduced Errors: With a clear understanding of terms, the chances of misinterpretation or mistakes diminish considerably.

  4. CEUs: Many organizations recognize the completion of such courses in their Continuing Professional Development programs.

Final Word

In the intricate dance that is modern healthcare, every step, every term, and every code must be precise. Medical errors not only cost institutions in terms of finances but can have dire patient outcomes. As a medical coder, your role in this dance is pivotal. Equip yourself with the knowledge and confidence to excel in your role. Join us today, and embark on a journey to medical terminology mastery.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Medical Basics

This lesson will identify basic body systems, medical terms, and vital signs; distinguish between symptoms and disease; determine the specialty of care by identifying the meaning of the word root and much more. 101 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Medical Terminology for Medical Coders
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz: Medical Basics

Lesson 2: Basic Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

This lesson will define word roots, prefixes, and suffixes; provide an understanding of how to analyze and construct medical terms from their component part and much more. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Health Careers
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz: Basic Word Roots

Lesson 3: Human Body Orientation

This lesson will define anatomy and physiology, recognize anatomic position, familiarize students with planes of the body, equip students with the ability to locate parts of the body based on the descriptive orientation terms, and much more. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Assignment: On-line Research
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam: Human Body Orientation

Lesson 4: The Human Body in Health and Disease

This lesson will recognize terms related to the pathology of cells, tissues, and glands; types of disease, and modes of disease transmission; recognize different medical specialties and specialists; and much more. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz: The Human Body in Health and Disease

Lesson 5: The Cardiovascular System

The Cardiovascular System. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete Assignment: On-line Research
  • Complete Assignment: Deciphering a Medical Report for a patient who had an EKG
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz: The Cardiovascular System

Lesson 6: Cardiovascular System Continued

Lesson material will achieve these objectives:
Describe the heart in terms of chambers, valves, heartbeat, and blood supply.
Identify and describe the three different types of blood vessels.
Identify the major components of the blood.
20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz: Cardiovascular System Continued

Lesson 7: The Digestive System

Introduction to the Digestive System. Additional lesson topics: What is a Definitive Diagnosis 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz: The Digestive System
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 - Quiz

Lesson 8: Digestive System Continued

Lesson material will achieve these objectives:
Identify and describe the major organs and structures of the digestive tract.
Define digestive related word parts.
Build and analyze medical terms with word parts presented.
100 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: Gastroenterology Procedures

Lesson 9: The Lymphatic System

The Lymphatic System. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Plural Formation
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz: The Lymphatic System

Lesson 10: The Musculoskeletal System

The Musculoskeletal System. Additional lesson topics: Leg cramps and medical coding 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz: The Musculoskeletal System

Lesson 11: Musculoskeletal System Continued

Lesson material will achieve these objectives:
Identify and describe the major structures and functions of the muscular and skeletal systems.
Describe the different joint types.
Recognize and define terms related to muscle movements and ident
120 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Fracture Types
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz: Musculoskeletal System Continued

Lesson 12: The Nervous System

Introduction to the Nervous System. Additional lesson topics: Leg Cramps 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz: Nervous System

Lesson 13: The Nervous System Continued

Lesson material will achieve these objectives:
Describe the major structure and functions of the nervous system.
Identify the major divisions of the nervous system.
Recognize and define common pathologies and diagnostic and treatment procedure
60 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Deciphering a Procedure Report
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz: The Nervous System Continued

Lesson 14: The Respiratory System

Introduction to the Respiratory System. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz: The Respiratory System

Lesson 15: Respiratory System Continued

Lesson material will achieve these objectives:
Identify the organs and other structures of the respiratory system.
Build and analyze medical terms with word parts.
Define and spell the disease and disorder, diagnostic, surgical, and complemen
127 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Respiratory Procedures
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz: Respiratory System

Lesson 16: The Skin and Sense Organs

Introduction to the skin and sensory organs. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 16 Quiz: Skin and Sense Organs

Lesson 17: The Integumentary System

Lesson material will achieve these objectives:
Identify organs and structures of the integumentary system.
Identify and define associated word parts.
Build and analyze medical terms with word parts from Quick Medical Terminology 1.
34 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Skin Surgery
  • Assessment: Lesson 17 Quiz: Integumentary System

Lesson 18: Male and Female Reproductive Systems

In-depth look of the Male and Female Reproductive Systems. 390 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Maternity Care and Delivery
  • Complete Assignment: Decipher Radiologist Report
  • Assessment: Lesson 18 Exam: Midterm Review

Lesson 19: Endocrine System, Urinary System

Let's study the Endocrine System and Urinary System. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 19 Quiz: Endocrine and Urinary Systems

Lesson 20: The Genitourinary Systems

Lesson material will achieve these objectives:
Describe the major functions of the urinary and reproductive systems.
Name and describe the structures of the urinary and reproductive systems.
Recognize and define terms related to the pathology,
115 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Urinary System procedures
  • Assessment: Lesson 20 Quiz: The Genitourinary Systems

Lesson 21: Examination and Instrumentation

This lesson will describe the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation; and identify and understand various instruments utilized in a physical examination as they relate to specific body parts. 80 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 21 Quiz: Examination and Instrumentation

Lesson 22: Final Exam

Final Exam 118 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: The Final Exam Part 1
  • Assessment: The Final Exam Part 2
1715
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Lesson 1- Medical Basics
  • Lesson 2- Basic Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
  • Lesson 3- Human Body Orientation
  • Lesson 4- The Human Body in Health and Disease
  • Lesson 5- Body System Basics
  • Lesson 6- Examination and Instrumentation
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Medical Terminology for Medical Coders
Course Number: 7550370
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (4,646 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I really enjoyed this course and the instructor was great. Very quick to answer emails and helpful with all my questions and concerns." -- Danielle E.
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  • "I think this course was very, very helpful. It's been a while since I have had this type of class and it was really challenging and it brought me up to date with some of the medical terminology." -- Linda W.
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