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.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Medical Terminology for Medical Coders 1 points
Lesson 1 Quiz: Medical Basics 100 points
Lesson 2 Quiz: Basic Word Roots 100 points
On-line Research 20 points
Lesson 3 Exam: Human Body Orientation 80 points
Lesson 4 Quiz: The Human Body in Health and Disease 100 points
On-line Research 25 points
Deciphering a Medical Report for a patient who had an EKG 5 points
Lesson 5 Quiz: The Cardiovascular System 10 points
Lesson 6 Quiz: Cardiovascular System Continued 20 points
Lesson 7 Quiz: The Digestive System 11 points
Lesson 7 - Quiz 15 points
Gastroenterology Procedures 100 points
Plural Formation 25 points
Lesson 9 Quiz: The Lymphatic System 10 points
Lesson 10 Quiz: The Musculoskeletal System 10 points
Fracture Types 100 points
Lesson 11 Quiz: Musculoskeletal System Continued 20 points
Lesson 12 Quiz: Nervous System 10 points
Deciphering a Procedure Report 40 points
Lesson 13 Quiz: The Nervous System Continued 20 points
Lesson 14 Quiz: The Respiratory System 10 points
Respiratory Procedures 100 points
Lesson 15 Quiz: Respiratory System 27 points
Lesson 16 Quiz: Skin and Sense Organs 8 points
Skin Surgery 5 points
Lesson 17 Quiz: Integumentary System 29 points
Maternity Care and Delivery 100 points
Decipher Radiologist Report 100 points
Lesson 18 Exam: Midterm Review 190 points
Lesson 19 Quiz: Endocrine and Urinary Systems 11 points
Urinary System procedures 100 points
Lesson 20 Quiz: The Genitourinary Systems 15 points
Lesson 21 Quiz: Examination and Instrumentation 80 points
The Final Exam Part 1 70 points
The Final Exam Part 2 48 points
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