Learn the language of medicine and medical practice in common hospital situations
This online course introduces the principles of words, abbreviations, and symbols of medical language including anatomy, physiology and treatment suitable for those working in healthcare.
This course meets the requirements of the national qualification to
- Interpret and Apply Clinical Terminology (language) – BSBMED301B
This national competency is referred to as ‘Interpret Medical Terminology’ but in healthcare today terminology is computable code systems such as SNOMED CT so our course uses a more current and accurate course title.
When you successfully complete this course you will get a formal certificate of attainment in this skill which demonstrates that you have met the following nationally defined skills:
1. Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
1.1 Receive, interpret and document written and oral instructions using medical terminology
1.2 Use checklists where appropriate
1.3 Interpret abbreviations for specialised medical terminology
1.4 Interpret and adhere to the policies and procedures of the workplace
1.5 Seek clarification when necessary
2. Carry out routine tasks
2.1 Use medical terminology correctly in the completion of routine tasks
2.2 Seek assistance from supervisor or experienced staff member as required
3. Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
3.1 Use appropriate medical terminology as directed, in oral communication with patients, fellow workers and health professionals
3.2 Use appropriate medical terminology as directed, in written communication with patients, fellow workers and health professionals
3.3 Present written communication to a designated person for verification if required
3.4 Spell and pronounce medical terminology correctly
Why this course
This course combines learning the words used in healthcare and what they mean with some understanding of medical processes. We have found that it is easier for people to learn the language when it is combined with practical health related examples.
Who should do this course?
Any person working or wishing to work in healthcare areas such as
- clinical coding, or
- administrative areas where communication with clinicians or interpretation of health record content is required including:
- Practice managers,
- Health insurance workers
- Medical Receptionists
- Ward Clerks
- Admission clerks
- Other healthcare workers.
How will I benefit
This course is designed to help you understand the language and processes of medical science including:
- The structure of clinical terms (so that you can work out the possible meaning of new words), roots, prefixes, suffixes etc.
- Explain and use abbreviations and symbols common in healthcare
- Spell and pronounce terms correctly
- Understand basic anatomy and the function of body systems
- Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terms
- Carry out routine tasks using medical terms and clinical knowledge, such as clinical coding
- Use appropriate medical terms in oral and written communication, including being able to translate a clinical term to the common term.
Structure and what to expect
Online with tutor support (you don’t have to work on your own). The skills are taught as modules, including electives. You may progress at your own rate and start whenever you wish. Suggested pace of 1 module every 2 weeks each of which will take students approximately 15 hours to complete.
- Taught over 12 modules
- complete at own pace but usually 6 – 12 weeks.
Text and Materials Provided
A specific text book is not required, though skills in simple internet searching are expected.
The course provides:
- Learner’s guide acts as a text and reference as well as a guide on how to move through the course
- Presentation – video to assist learning and pronunciation
- Exercises – tasks for you to do to make sure you understand and give you experience
- Answers to the Exercises – answers or sample answers and discussions are provided to assist your progress and understanding
- Chat room – you may ask questions and chat with the tutor and with other students
- References – to other sites and documents to assist additional learning
- Assessment – formal assessment of your skills (similar to the exercises but assessed). This is a timed online assessment process and individual feedback is provided
eHE is authorised by the Australian Government to issue qualifications including certificates associated with this course.
You will receive the certificate of attainment upon successful completion. If you do not complete or pass you may request an attendance certificate.
Formal Nationally recognised competencies include:
- BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
This course has been designed with consideration of the requirements for ‘work ready’ clinical coders.
eHE staff and contributors have been active participants in the national Workforce evaluations of clinical coder education, and the recent review undertaken by the Victorian Government which led to the development of the Victorian Cert IV in Clinical Classification.
Our course developers and tutors have worked as coders, auditors, and lecturers in Health Information Management Programs and many have been senior members of the Health Information Management Association National Board. They have worked as advisers to coding services in Australia and internationally and are regarded as senior members of the profession. In 2014 eHE presented academic papers to the HIMAA Conference on an analysis of current educational competencies for Clinical Coding and at the Clinical Documentation Coding and Analysis Conference on “Development of Clinical Coder Skills, an alternative approach”. The response from the industry to these presentations as well as that received from students has been taken into account in the development of this course.