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DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTING
Course Number: HC 126
Course Name: Medical Terminology for Medical Assisting
Hours Per Week: 3
Instructor: T. Joseph-Francis
Required Text(s): Marie A. Moisio and Elmer W. Moisio (2008). Medical Terminology: A Student -Centered Approach; Second Edition. Thompson Delmar, Albany, New York
Breskin M., Dumith K., Pearsons E., and Seeman R.G., McGraw-Hill Medical Dictionary for Allied Health, First Edition
With the advances that are being made in the medical field and science there are increasing use of medical terminology in the hospitals, clinics, and private medical offices among the doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and other clinicians. It is also commonly used among insurers, lawyers, equipment suppliers, pharmaceutical representatives, medical coders and billers, and many others who must interact with health care providers and consumers.
The majority of medical terms in current use are composed of Greek and Latin word parts. There are two ways to learn these terms; one is to memorize them, the other is to understand them, and learn how to correctly fit them together. By doing the latter, anyone is able to spell and translate hundreds of medical terms in a very short time.
Whether you are learning the language of medicine to prepare for a career, for continuing education, or for personal use, you will find that acquiring a basic knowledge of the history of medicine, the origins of words, basic word parts, plus some rules will open a whole new understanding of medical terminology and new direction in your career path for you. Learning the medical terms will allow the medical assistant to understand the terms that are applicable and used in the work environment, and also be able to use the terms effectively to help offer therapeutic and prophylactic care and...
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