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Medical Terminology

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Medical Terminology

Medical Language For Modern Health Care

Medical Language For Modern Health Care

M edical Language for Modern Health Care course uses a contextual learning method of presenting Medical Terminology within the Health Professional health care environment. Lessons present and define Medical Terminology through the framework of pathology, A & P, as well as specialized Health Professional, and diagnostic methods. The exercises are setup in a manner where contextual content, tables are placed within exercises. Word analysis and definition are shown in color coded tables that provides a guide to word parts and merging forms, meanings and pronunciations. Lessons also cover pharmacology, geriatrics, oncology, and radiology. The course contains many lessons using patient case studies and documentation replicating real-life applications of Medical Terminology in a variety of roles in the health care environment.

NAHCE Medical Terminology Certificate

Completing NAHCE Medical Language for Modern Health Continuing Health Education Course tells your employer that you have received the highest standards of Medical Language for Modern Health education and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field.

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Online Medical Terminology Certificate

NAHCE’s Online Medical Terminology Certificate course uses a contextual learning method of presenting Medical Terminology within the health care environment covering fundamental topics that characterize the medical language. Take the first steps toward advancing your career and Register Today.

Medical Terminology

Curriculum of Courses

Medical Language for Modern Health Care

AH120.1: Roots and Combining Forms

Learning Outcomes:
  • Relate the logic of the language of medicine to your practice as a Health Care Professional.
  • Define the terms root, combining vowel, and combining form.
  • Recognize that roots and combining forms are the core elements of any medical term.
  • Deconstruct medical terms into roots and combining forms.
  • Interpret the meaning of roots and combining forms in commonly used medical terms.
  • Use roots and combining forms to construct commonly used medical terms.
  • Identify the medical terms taken directly from Greek or Latin words.
  • Differentiate between medical terms that are spelled and/or pronounced similarly.

AH120.2: Suffixes and Prefixes

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the term suffix.
  • Identify the suffixes of commonly used medical terms and their meanings.
  • Establish a classification of suffixes.
  • Define the term prefix.
  • Identify the prefixes of commonly used medical terms and their meanings.
  • Establish a classification of prefixes.
  • Link word elements of prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms together to construct medical terms.
  • Deconstruct medical terms into their elements.

AH120.3: Word Analysis and Communication

Learning Outcomes:
  • Deconstruct a medical term into its basic elements.
  • Use word elements to identify or construct a medical term.
  • Connect the singular and plural components of medical terms.
  • Employ the phonetic system used to pronounce medical terms.
  • Use Word Analysis and Definition Boxes to describe the phonetic pronunciation, word elements, and definition of terms used in the ebook.
  • Communicate with precision in both written and verbal communication in all health care fields.

AH120.4: The Body as a Whole

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply correct medical terms to the anatomy and physiology of the body as a whole.
  • Discuss the medical terms associated with the structures and functions of cells, tissues, and organs.
  • Relate individual body systems to the organization and function of the body as a whole.
  • Integrate the medical terms of the different anatomic positions, planes, and directions of the body into everyday medical language.
  • Map the body cavities.
  • Describe the nine regions of the abdomen.
  • Use medical terms pertaining to the body as a whole to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use medical terms pertaining to the body as a whole to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.

AH120.5: Digestive System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the alimentary canal and its accessory organs.
  • Discuss the functions of the digestive system.
  • Use the medical terms of gastroenterology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of gastroenterology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Match abbreviations to the medical terms.
  • Relate the anatomy of the mouth to the function of mastication.
  • Describe disorders of the mouth.
  • Relate the anatomy of the pharynx and esophagus to the function of swallowing.
  • Describe disorders of the esophagus.
  • Relate the anatomy of the stomach and small intestine to the process of digestion.
  • Discuss disorders of the stomach and small intestine.
  • Describe the pharmacology of treating excess gastric acid.
  • Relate the anatomy of the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas to their functions in digestion.
  • Explain the function of the different liver function tests.
  • Discuss disorders of the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas that affect digestion.
  • Explain the digestion and absorption of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
  • Discuss malabsorption syndromes and their diagnoses.
  • Relate the anatomy of the large intestine to its functions.
  • Discuss disorders of the large intestine.
  • Explain the different forms of gastrointestinal bleeding and their diagnosis and treatment.

AH120.6: Urinary System

Learning Outcomes:
  • LO 6.1 Apply the language of urology to the anatomy and the structure of the urinary system.
  • Explain the physiology and functions of the urinary system.
  • Use the medical terms of urology to communicate in writing and document the terms of urology accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of urology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Define abbreviations that relate to the urinary system.
  • Explain the effects of common urinary disorders on health.
  • Describe the response of common disorders of the urinary system to treatment.
  • Describe diagnostic procedures that pertain to the urinary system.
  • Explain the use of urinalysis as a diagnostic tool.
  • List the abnormal constituents of urine.
  • Differentiate the methods of urine collection.

AH120.7: Male Reproductive System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the language of urology as it relates to the anatomy and physiology of the male reproductive system.
  • Use the medical terms of urology as they relate to the male reproductive system to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of urology as they relate to the male reproductive system to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the male reproductive organs and the accessory glands.
  • Discuss the disorders of the individual reproductive glands and their treatment.

AH120.8: Female Reproductive System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use the medical terms of gynecology and obstetrics to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of gynecology and obstetrics to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system.
  • Describe the effects and treatments of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Identify the hormones of the female sexual cycle.
  • Discuss disorders of the female reproductive tract.
  • Explain the causes of and the investigation of female infertility.
  • Identify methods of contraception for the female and male.
  • Describe conception, implantation, and development of the embryo and fetus.
  • Discuss the changes that occur in the female reproductive system during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Understand the effects of common disorders of pregnancy and childbirth on the mother and fetus.
  • Describe the structure and functions of the female breast.
  • Discuss disorders of the breast and their treatment.

AH120.9: Nervous System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the Health Professionals involved in the care of patients with neurologic problems.
  • Apply the language of neurology to the anatomy, structures, and cells of the nervous system.
  • Use the language of neurology to describe the physiology and functions of the nervous system.
  • Write the medical terms of neurology to communicate and document accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of neurology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Define abbreviations that pertain to the nervous system.
  • Describe the major regions of the brain, cranial nerves, and their functions.
  • Define the structure and functions of the spinal cord, spinal nerves, and the meninges.
  • Explain the effects of common disorders of the brain and cranial nerves on health.
  • Explain the effects of common disorders of the spinal cord, spinal and peripheral nerves, and meninges on health.
  • Recognize diagnostic procedures that pertain to the nervous system.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of the drugs that affect the nervous system.

AH121: Cardiovascular System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the language of cardiology to the anatomy and structure of the cardiovascular system.
  • Explain the physiology and functions of the cardiovascular system.
  • Describe the blood flow through the heart and the systemic circulations.
  • Identify the phases of the cardiac cycle.
  • Describe the electrical properties of the heart.
  • Use the medical terms of cardiology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of cardiology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Define abbreviations that pertain to the cardiovascular system.
  • Explain the effects of common disorders of the heart on health.
  • Describe tests used to detect cardiac disorders.
  • Define the types of treatment procedures and the effects of cardiac drugs that are in clinical use.
  • Match the structure of the different blood vessels in the circulations to their functions.
  • Explain the effects of common circulatory disorders on the body as a whole.

AH121.1 Blood

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use the medical terms of hematology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of hematology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Describe the components and functions of blood and the basic laboratory studies that show these.
  • Describe the structure and functions of red blood cells (RBCs).
  • Discuss disorders of RBCs.
  • Describe the types of white blood cells (WBCs) and their functions.
  • Discuss disorders of WBCs.
  • Explain hemostasis.
  • Discuss disorders of coagulation and their pharmacology.
  • Identify the different blood groups and their role in transfusions.

AH121.2: Lymphatic and Immune Systems

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the three lines of defense that the body has against foreign organisms, cells and molecules.
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system.
  • Use the medical terms of immunology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of immunology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Define abbreviations that pertain to the lymphatic and immune systems.
  • Explain the effects of common disorders of the lymphatic system on health.
  • Discuss the specific characteristics that distinguish immunity from the other defense mechanisms of the body.
  • Define the two types of immunity and the specialized cells involved.
  • Explain the effects of common disorders of the immune system on health.

AH121.3: Respiratory System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the language of pulmonology to identify the anatomy and physiology of the upper and lower respiratory tracts.
  • Apply the language of pulmonology to relate the structures of the upper and lower respiratory tracts to their functions.
  • Use the medical terms of pulmonology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of pulmonology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Define abbreviations that relate to the respiratory system.
  • Summarize the mechanics of respiration.
  • Discuss the significance of the symptoms and signs of respiratory disorders.
  • Explain the effects of common upper respiratory tract disorders on health.
  • Explain the effects of common lower respiratory tract disorders on health.
  • Identify the value of common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures used in disorders of the respiratory system.
  • List the classes of drugs used to treat pulmonary disorders.

AH121.4: Musculoskeletal System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the language of orthopedics to the anatomy, growth, and structure of the skeletal system.
  • Apply the language of orthopedics to the physiology and functions of the skeletal system.
  • Use the medical terms of orthopedics to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of orthopedics to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Define abbreviations that pertain to the musculoskeletal system.
  • Discuss common diseases of bone.
  • Explain the causes and types of fractures of bone, their healing, and the procedures for repairing fractures.
  • Describe the classes of joints and the movements that they can achieve.
  • Identify the common diseases of joints and the surgical procedures used to treat them.
  • Match the structure of skeletal muscle to its functions.
  • Discuss common disorders of skeletal muscles.
  • Describe the structure and functions of the axial skeleton and its associated joints and muscles.
  • Identify the structures and functions of the bones, joints, and muscles of the shoulder, arm, and hand.
  • Explain common disorders of the shoulder, arm, and hand, and procedures used in their treatment.
  • Discuss the structure and functions of the pelvic girdle, hip, thigh, knee, lower leg, ankle, and foot.
  • Describe common disorders of the pelvic girdle, hip, thigh, knee, lower leg, ankle, and foot and procedures used in their treatment.

AH121.5: Integumentary System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the overall structure, functions, and regions of the skin.
  • Discuss the different layers of the skin and their functions.
  • Differentiate the different sites for injections in the skin and their effect.
  • Describe the common disorders, diseases, and infections of the skin.
  • Use the medical terms of dermatology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of dermatology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Define the types of topical agents used in the treatment of skin disorders.
  • Match the accessory skin organs to their functions.
  • Describe disorders of the accessory skin organs.
  • Discuss burns and injuries to the skin.
  • Describe the healing of wounds to the skin.

AH121.6: Special Senses of the Eye and Ear

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use the medical terms of ophthalmology and otology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of ophthalmology and otology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Describe the accessory structures of the eye and their common disorders.
  • Identify the common conditions of the eye due to imbalance of the extrinsic muscles of the eye.
  • Discuss the structure and functions of the eyeball and its different components.
  • Map the visual pathway from the lens to the visual cortex of the brain.
  • Describe the disorders of refraction.
  • Describe the cause, appearance, diagnosis, and treatment of common disorders of the eye and its accessory structures.
  • Define the purpose of certain ophthalmic procedures.
  • Describe the anatomy of the external ear and its disorders.
  • Discuss the structure and functions of the middle ear and its disorders.
  • Discuss the structure and functions of the inner ear for hearing and balance and its disorders.
  • Identify the value of hearing test procedures.

AH121.7: Endocrine System

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the endocrine glands and the hormones each gland secretes.
  • Locate the anatomical position of each endocrine gland in the body.
  • Describe the functions of the different hormones in the body.
  • Identify the disorders resulting from excessive and deficient production of the different hormones.
  • Use the medical terms of endocrinology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of endocrinology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Explain the clinical and laboratory tests used to determine the presence or absence of a specific hormone.
  • Describe agents used in the treatment of endocrine disorders.
  • Discuss the body's reaction to stress.
  • Identify the different types, symptoms, and signs of diabetes.
  • Describe the criteria used to diagnose diabetes.
  • Discuss the different forms of treatment of diabetes.

AH121.8: Mental Health

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use the medical terms of psychology and psychiatry to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of psychology and psychiatry to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Recognize a uniform system for classifying and describing mental disorders.
  • Describe the major types of anxiety disorders.
  • Discuss psychoses and schizophrenia.
  • Identify personality disorders.
  • Explain the effects of common psychoactive drugs.

AH121.9: Geriatrics

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the languages of geriatrics and gerontology to the anatomy, physiology, and psychology of aging in the elderly.
  • Use the languages of geriatrics and gerontology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the languages of geriatrics and gerontology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Compare and contrast geriatrics and gerontology.
  • Describe the most up-to-date profile of older Americans.
  • Discuss the terms aging and senescence.
  • Describe the effects of senescence on the major organ systems.
  • Explain theories of the process of senescence.
  • Discuss the complex effects of aging.
  • Describe specific disorders of aging.
  • Discuss dying and death.
  • Identify answers to some of the important legal issues surrounding dying and death.

AH122: Cancer

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use the medical terms of oncology so that you communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of oncology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Discuss the different types of cancer.
  • Describe the types of genes and their mutations that are involved in carcinogenesis.
  • Identify environmental pollutants involved as triggers of cancer.
  • Describe different methods of detecting cancer.
  • Discuss different methods of treating cancer.

AH122.1: Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use the medical terms of radiology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of radiology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Describe the nature and characteristics of x-rays.
  • Identify the positions and views of the patient's body used in x-ray examinations.
  • Discuss the different techniques for acquiring radiologic diagnostic images.
  • Describe the nature and characteristics of radioactive materials used in medical imaging.
  • Discuss the nuclear imaging procedures used in the diagnosis of disease.
  • Explain the different radiologic techniques used in the treatment of disease.
  • Describe the different nuclear medicine therapies and their effectiveness.

AH122.2: Pharmacology

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use the medical terms of pharmacology to communicate and document in writing accurately and precisely in any health care setting.
  • Use the medical terms of pharmacology to communicate verbally with accuracy and precision in any health care setting.
  • Discuss the differences between the chemical name, generic name, and brand name of a drug.
  • Define the methods used for setting and referencing the standards for the effectiveness and purity of drugs for sale in the United States.
  • Describe controlled substance schedules.
  • Differentiate the different routes of drug administration.
  • Identify abbreviations used to describe drugs, their routes of administration, and their timing.
  • Discuss methods to ensure accuracy and safety in the administration of medications.
  • Describe the different classes of drugs, their generic and brand names, and their methods of action.
  • Identify Health Professionals involved in pharmacology.
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