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Business and Information Technology Education
BT00284
Medical Terminology for Health Records Clerk
60.00
Medical Terminology is designed to develop in the students a working knowledge of the language of medicine. Students acquire word building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots and abbreviations. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper uses of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances students’ ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in healthcare.
Jaimee Sizemore, BSN, RN
Instructional Coordinator
Ph: (918) 828-5093
A. Introduction to Medical Terminology. 1
1. Identify the roles of the three types of word parts in forming medical terms. 1
2. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using a knowledge of word parts. 1
3. Describe the steps in locating a term in a medical dictionary. 1
4. Define commonly used prefixes, word roots (combining forms) and suffixes. 1
5. Pronounce medical terms correctly using the “sounds like” system. 1
6. Recognize the importance of always spelling medical terms correctly. 1
7. State why caution is important when using abbreviations. 1
8. Recognize, define and pronounce the medical terms. 1
9. Apply the word building process.2
10. Interpret medical abbreviations and symbols.2
B. The Human Body in Health and Disease1
1. Define anatomy and physiology and use anatomic reference systems to identify the anatomic position, body planes, directions and cavities. 1
2. Recognize, define, and pronounce the terms related to the abdominal cavity and peritoneum. 1
3. Recognize, define, and pronounce the terms related to the structure, function, pathology and procedures of cells, tissues and glands. 1
4. Define the terms associated with genetics including mutation, genetic engineering and genetic counseling. 1
5. Differentiate between genetic and congenital disorders and identify examples of each. 1
6. Identify the body systems in terms of their major structures, functions and related word parts. 1
7. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms related to types of diseases and the modes of disease of transmission. 1
8. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
C. The Skeletal System1
1. Identify and describe the major functions and structures of the skeletal system. 1
2. Describe three types of joints. 1
3. Differentiate between the axial and appendicular skeletons. 1
4. Identify the medical specialists who treat disorders of the skeletal system. 1
5. Recognize, define and pronounce terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the skeletal system. 1
6. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
D. The Muscular System1
1. Describe the functions and structures of the muscular system including muscle fibers, fascia, tendons and the three types of muscles. 1
2. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms related to muscle movements an how muscles are named. 1
3. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the muscular system. 1
4. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
E. The Cardiovascular System1
1. Describe the heart in terms of chambers, valves, blood flow, heartbeat, blood supply and heart sounds 1
2. Differentiate among the three different types of blood vessels and describe the major function of each. 1
3. Identify the major components of blood and the major functions of each. 1
4. State the difference between pulmonary and systemic circulation. 1
5. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms related to the pathology. 1 diagnostic and treatment procedures of the cardiovascular system. 1
6. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
F. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems1
1. Describe the major functions and structures of the lymphatic and immune systems. 1
2. Recognize, define and pronounce the major terms related to pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the lymphatic and immune systems. 1
3. Recognize, define and pronounce terms related to oncology. 1
4. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
G. The Respiratory System1
1. Identify and describe the major structures and functions of the respiratory systems. 1
2. Recognize, define and pronounce terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the respiratory system. 1
3. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
H. The Digestive System1
1. Identify and describe the major structures and functions of the digestive system. 1
2. Describe the processes of digestion, absorption and metabolism. 1
3. Recognize, define and pronounce terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the digestive system. 1
4. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
I. The Urinary System1
1. Describe the major functions of the urinary system. 1
2. Name and describe the structures of the urinary system. 1
3. Recognize, define and pronounce terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the urinary system. 1
4. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
J. The Nervous System1
1. Describe the functions and structures of the nervous system. 1
2. Identify the major divisions of the nervous system and describe the structures of each by location and function. 1
3. Identify the medical specialists who treat disorders of the nervous system. 1
4. Recognize, define and pronounce terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the nervous system. 1
5. Recognize, define and pronounce terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of mental health disorders. 1
6. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
K. Special Senses: The Eyes and Ears1
1. Describe the functions and structures of the eyes and adnexa. 1
2. Recognize, define and pronounce terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of eye disorders. 1
3. Describe the functions and structures of the ears. 1
4. Recognize, define, spell and pronounce terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of ear disorders. 1
5. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
L. Skin: The Integumentary System1
1. Identify and describe the functions and structures of the integumentary system. 1
2. Identify the medical specialists associated with the integumentary system. 1
3. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms used to describe the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures related to the skin. 1
4. Recognize, define and pronounce terms used to describe the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures related to hair, nails and sebaceous glands. 1
5. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
M. The Endocrine System1
1. Describe the role of the hypothalamus and endocrine glands in maintaining homeostasis. 1
2. Name and describe the functions of the primary hormones secreted by each of the endocrine glands. 1
3. Recognize, define and pronounce terms relating to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the endocrine glands. 1
4. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
N. The Reproductive Systems1
1. Identify and describe the major functions and structures of the male reproductive system. 1
2. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the male reproductive system. 1
3. Name sexually transmitted diseases. 1
4. Identify and describe the major functions and structures of the female reproductive system. 1
5. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the female reproductive system. 1
6. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms related to the pathology and diagnostic and treatment procedures of the female during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. 1
7. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
O. Diagnostic Procedures and Pharmacology1
1. Describe the four vital signs recorded for most patients. 1
2. Recognize, define and pronounce the terms associated with basic examination procedures. 1
3. Identify and describe the basic examination positions. 1
4. Recognize, define and pronounce terms associated with frequently performed blood and urinalysis laboratory tests. 1
5. Recognize, define and pronounce terms associated with radiography and other techniques. 1
6. Differentiate between projection and position and describe basic radiographic projections. 1
7. Recognize, define and pronounce pharmacology terms. 1
8. Analyze unfamiliar medical terms using your knowledge of word parts.1
9. Critique orders, requests ad diagnostic reports.2
10. Define radiation science terms. 2
11. Translate medical terms, abbreviations and symbols into common language from a medical report. 2
P. Specific Field-Related Terms/Etymology
1. Identify the structure that is responsible for performing oxygen exchange and waste removal from the fetus.1
2. Define the following terms: mydriatic, phototherapy, iatrogenic, cholangiogram, tonometer, and erythema.1
Q. Use Appropriate Medical Terminology in the Office.
1. Define the following terms: gravida, algia, and leucopenia.1
2. Determine what standards are used to calculate or document the percentage of a patient’s body that has been burned.1
3. Define the following abbreviations: ETOH, r/o, and H & P.1
R. Understand Patient Charts/Medical Records.
1. Define the following terms: deferred and operative report.1
2. Determine what the abbreviation “hx” represents in patient’s chart.1
3. Identify the MINIMUM length of time a medical office must retain most patient medical records.1
4. Determine who is the legal owner of a medical office patient’s medical chart.1
5. Demonstrate legal and ethical behavior and practices within the medical arena.1
6. Practice empathy and compassion with patients and their families.1
7. Conform and comply with state and federal mandates.1
8. Plan, organize, and implement teamwork activities.1

1 ODCTE Objective
2 Objectives are required for Radiologic Technologist students and are taken from the ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technologists) national curriculum.
All unmarked objectives are TTC instructor developed.
The class will primarily be taught by the lecture and demonstration method and supported by various media materials to address various learning styles. There will be question and answer sessions over material covered in lecture and media presentations.
Job Readiness for Health Professionals, Soft Skills Strategies for Success, by William G Brottmiller, Michele Jawad, Jennifer Kelly, Kelly A. Rose, Elsevier Saunders, 2013.
Career Read 101 through ACT WorkKeys. http://www.keytrain.com/careerready101.asp
Various instructor created materials.
Medical Terminology & Anatomy for ICD-10 Coding, Betsy J. Shiland, Elsevier Mosby, 2012.
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