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2021-2022 College Catalog 
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MDA 124 - Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers

2 Credits, 2 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Medical terminology used in health care, including descriptions of special care populations, specialty services, and communication. Encompasses a body systems approach to terms as they relate to structures, functions, diseases, procedures, and diagnostic tests. Also includes medical abbreviations, symbols, spelling, building, and analyzing medical terms.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the guidelines for combining medical root terms with prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations and symbols to build and analyze medical terminology.
  2. Identify the structure, function, and procedures for accuracy in diagnosing pathology using medical terminology.

  1. Anatomy and Physiology
    1. Cognitive
      1. Human body’s structural organization
      2. Body system
        1. Planes
        2. Directional terms
        3. Quadrants
        4. Body Cavities
  2. Concepts of Effective Communication
    1. Cognitive
      1. Elements of fundamental writing skills
      2. Applications of electronic technology in professional communication
      3. Medical Terms
        1. Labeling the word parts
        2. Abbreviations related to all body systems
    2. Psychomotor
      1. Nonverbal communication responses
      2. Medical terminology (to communicate information with providers/patients)
        1. Correct usage
        2. Pronounced accurately
      3. Reporting concise, accurate, relevant information
    3. Affective (respect for individual diversity)
      1. Gender
      2. Race
      3. Religion
      4. Age
      5. Economic Status
      6. Appearance
  3. Administrative Functions
    1. Electronic medical records (EMR)
    2. Practice management system
  4. Legal Implications (in terms of standard of care)
    1. Provider roles

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2016/17

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