Sep 20, 2021  
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog 
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EHR 100 - Medical Terminology for the Healthcare Profession

3 Credit Hours

This course is designed for students to become familiar with medical terminology emphasizing word parts, body systems, diagnostic, and laboratory procedures.  Topics include prefixes, combining forms, suffixes, and abbreviations and their meanings, skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, nervous system, special senses (eyes and ears), integumentary system, endocrine system, reproductive system, diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine, diseases, and pharmacology.

Prerequisite(s): COM 021  and COM 040 , COM 041 , or ESL 040 

Semesters Offered: Fall


This is the first course necessary to succeed in the study of Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Information Technology. Learning this special language of the medical profession is an important step in preparing one for a career as a healthcare professional. This course is also necessary for the Medical Office Specialist, Nursing, and Health Science programs.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify, spell, and define the primary medical terms related to the diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of the major body systems.
  2. Identify the roles of the four types of the word parts used in forming medical terms.
  3. Apply the knowledge of word parts to analyze unfamiliar medical terms.
  4. Define commonly used word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply understanding of medical terms by completing critical thinking case studies.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to apply understanding of medical terms by completing a writing assignment using appropriate medical terminology.

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