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Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

This course teaches medical terminology from an anatomical approach. Root terms are divided by each body system. The origin, a combined form, and an example of non-medical everyday usage is provided for each root term. Word Associations are provided as a learning tool. Unusual and interesting information is provided in regards to each term. Root terms are combined with prefixes and suffixes as your learning will culminate in the interpretation of several paragraphs of medical notes.

Spanish for Medical Professionals

Are you struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients?  If so, here's the perfect solution. Whether you're new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this fun and simple course will give you the basic tools you need to bridge the communication gap. 

With increasing numbers of Spanish-speaking patients entering the healthcare system every year, it's more crucial than ever for health professionals to learn medical Spanish. What's more, adding Spanish skills to your résumé can broaden your career horizons. But you're a busy person, and you don't have time to waste—so this course skips the "touristy" topics and focuses on the survival Spanish medical personnel really need to know in a medical setting. 

Starting with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, you'll move right into simple words for everyday topics including colors, numbers, conversational phrases, family names, and words for asking questions. Next, you'll get to the meat of the course as you discover how to ask about pain, symptoms, medical histories, insurance, and patients' feelings. You'll also learn how to talk about body parts, diets, and medical care and treatment. Along the way, entertaining games and stories will help you practice your new vocabulary as you gain awareness about Latin American culture. 

By the end of this course, you'll have a strong foundation in basic medical Spanish that you can build on for years to come. ¡Vamos! (Let's go!)

HIPAA Compliance

Are you a health care professional or considering a career in the health care industry? Do you provide products or services to a health care organization? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it's mandatory that you understand the compliance requirements of HIPAA, and subsequent rules and laws (through March 31, 2014) that affect HIPAA, includingARRA/HITECH, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA), the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA), and the OMNIBUS rules. These laws require all health care professionals to take careful steps to protect protected health information (PHI). But what exactly do all these regulations require?

In this course, we'll demystify the compliance process. We'll focus specifically on the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA, starting by defining the lingo of HIPAA, ARRA/HITECH, ASCA, ACA, and the OMNIBUS rules. While we're at it, we'll identify all the important players.

Next, we'll zero in on the Administrative Simplification rules of HIPAA, starting with  transactions, code sets, and identifiers, which are all key elements in the HIPAA-mandated electronic health care transmissions.

We'll use real-world examples to help explain the Privacy Rule, which governs patient rights and disclosure of protected health information (PHI),   We'll explain what's meant by covered entities (CE), business associates (BA), and many other relationships within the health care industry impacted by HIPAA.

Since computers are an integral part of health care these days, we'll see how they fit into the Security Rule. We'll also examine administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, technical safeguards, and policy and procedure creation—all of which are crucial components of the Security Rule.

Last, but not least, we'll focus on the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), HIPAA's watchdog organization, and learn about the civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance. 

By the time you finish this course, you'll be confident and capable of implementing HIPAA's Administrative Simplification rules, and the laws impacting it, in your own organization. If you're just starting your career in the health care field, you'll have a priceless addition to your resume.

Medical Math

Master medical calculations in an engaging environment! In these fun and practical lessons, you'll gain the medical math skills you need for anything from calculating dosages to using scientific formulas. Whatever medical field you're in, the hands-on activities in this course will help you perform day-to-day math tasks quickly and easily. 

First, you'll brush up your basic math skills. You'll begin with a review of fractions, decimals, and percentages, and then dive into measurement systems and conversions used in the medical field.  

Next, you'll do dosage calculations for oral, parenteral, and intravenous medications. You'll explore three different methods you can use for dosage calculations: proportions, dimensional analysis, and the formula method. You'll also learn an easy formula that you can apply to many dosage calculations.  

Finally, you'll get an introduction to basic statistics and probability. You'll find out how to interpret the latest medical findings for your patients, and journal articles will no longer be a mystery!   

Whether you're new to the field of medicine or want to enhance your skills, this is the course for you.  By the time you finish these lessons, you'll have a solid grounding in basic medical math, and you'll be ready to tackle any calculation confidently.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn Certificate in Medical Office Basics Suite Online Courses in only 24 to 32 weeks
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course I: Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

There are 12 units of study

Common Root and Musculoskeletal Terms

Welcome to the first lesson of medical terminology! We'll begin the course by exploring root terms, which represent the main meaning of a combined medical term. A combined medical term consists of a root, a prefix, and/or a suffix. As we progress through each lesson of this course, you'll see that we proceed by "body system," and in this first lesson, we'll go over root terms that are associated with the musculoskeletal system, so we'll be talking a lot about the muscles, bones, joints, and tendons of the body in this lesson.

Integumentary and Digestive Terms

In today's lesson, you'll learn a variety of terminology relating to the integumentary and digestive systems. The integumentary system includes the skin, connective tissues, and some loosely associated structures such as nails and teeth. When we discuss the digestive system, you'll learn medical terminology relating to the digestive tract from the mouth, to the pharynx, to the esophagus, and so on, all the way out to the exterior of the body.

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Terms

In this lesson, we'll go over terminology related to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The cardiovascular system includes the heart, arteries, veins, and blood, while the respiratory system includes the lungs and assorted chest structures.

Urinary and Reproductive Terms

Today's topic areas are the urinary and reproductive systems. When we go over the urinary system, you'll learn terminology related to the kidneys, bladder, urine, and even some chemistry terms. When we go over the reproductive system, you'll learn root terms that refer to both male and female anatomical structures.

Neurosensory Terms and Root-Term Review

In this lesson, we'll finish up our discussion about root terms. You'll learn root terms that are associated with the neurosensory system, including nerves, the eyes, ears, brain, and spinal cord. Then we'll begin doing something a little different—at the end of the lesson, we'll do a little review session to help you remember all of the root terms that you've learned up to this point.

Prefixes and Suffixes A through H

In today's lesson, you'll learn about prefixes and suffixes that are common in medicine and start with the letters A through H. Starting today, we won't be going through the word associations that we did in previous lessons. By now, you'll find that you can recognize many of these terms as they're used in our normal, everyday language.

Prefixes and Suffixes I through O

In this lesson, we'll continue to progress through the prefixes and suffixes commonly used in medical terminology. Our objective for today is to identify the common medical prefixes and suffixes that begin with the letters I through O.

Prefixes and Suffixes P through Z

Today, we'll complete our tour through the alphabetical listings of the most common prefixes and suffixes used in medical terminology by focusing on prefixes and suffixes that begin with the letters P through Z. You'll find that there are many more terms that medical professionals use less often, and you'll even discover that sometimes a root that you already know is used as a prefix or suffix.

Color Prefixes and Suffixes and Abbreviated Titles

In previous lessons, you learned about common prefixes and suffixes. In today's lesson, we'll study specific prefixes and suffixes that pertain to color. Color is used quite a bit in the medical field because it helps everyone to describe various signs and symptoms. In this lesson, we'll also go over medical abbreviations that are specific to the various occupations and titles of the medical industry. Your assignment in this lesson will change a little as your research becomes a bit more challenging.

Common Abbreviations A through R

The medical community uses an abundance of abbreviations. Some medical facilities don't allow them, but you should still learn the meanings of the most common abbreviations so you'll know them when you see them. For this lesson, we'll study the abbreviations that start with the letters A through R. Your assignment for this lesson will be a bit different—you're going to find words in a medical note that you can replace with the abbreviations that you learned in the lesson.

Common Abbreviations S through W and Specialized Abbreviations

In this lesson, we'll finish our study of medical abbreviations as we explore the abbreviations that begin with letters S through Z. We'll also go over specific abbreviations that refer to hospital areas, laboratory tests, chemistries, and medical symbols. In today's assignment, it's up to you to find the abbreviations that correctly relate to each sentence in a medical note.

Directional Terms and Word Combinations

Here in our final lesson, it's time to put everything you've learned together. We'll look at our roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and see how they create combined medical terms from body system to body system. You'll also learn some directional terms that are commonly used in medicine. You'll find that your assignment for this lesson provides you the opportunity to decipher a complete medical note.

 

Course II: Spanish for Medical Professionals

There are 12 units of study

Speaking, Spelling, and Counting in Spanish
¡Bienvenidos! (Welcome !) In our first lesson, you’ll master the building blocks of Spanish. First, you’ll discover how easy it is to spell and pronounce words en español. After that, you’ll learn how to count from 0 to 19.

Words for Talking About People
La familia is central to Latin American life, and family members play a key role in a patient’s medical care as well. Today you’ll learn the Spanish words for those family members, and pick up some handy phrases for conversing with patients and their families. In addition, we’ll talk about pronouns and explore the role of gender in Spanish. 

Colors, Directional Words, and Numbers from 20 to 199
In this lesson, you’ll power up your Spanish vocabulary by learning the words for colors and directions. In addition, you’ll find out how to count all the way to 199—and you’ll learn six handy prepositions to beef up your sentence-building power. 

Easy Verbs
As a medical professional, you’re always in action—so you’ll want lots of action words in your Spanish repertoire! To help you master those verbs effortlessly, I’ll introduce you to my super-simple conjugation system that uses only three tenses (present, easy past, and easy future). In addition, we’ll look at two interesting verbs that mean “to be:” ser and estar. 

Words for Describing the Body and Medical Conditions
Today we’ll start zeroing in on the medical Spanish you need to know. We’ll begin by taking a look at the parts of the body, and you’ll learn the words for everything from teeth to toes. After that, we’ll peek inside the body, and talk about internal organs. And finally, we’ll delve into the Spanish vocabulary for common medical conditions. 

At the Doctor's Office
It’s time to visit the doctor’s office, where you’ll learn lots of words for making patients feel welcome. You’ll also discover the magic of the word ¿Cuál? and explore other ways to ask questions. In addition, we’ll talk about Spanish words for hours of the day, days of the week and months of the year—all handy things to know if you’re making appointments for patients!

Emergency!
In an emergency, every second counts—and today’s vocabulary words can help you respond quickly in medical crises involving Spanish-speaking patients. In addition, you’ll learn words for describing medical tests, treatments, and procedures, so you can inform and reassure patients receiving care in the emergency room. And finally, we’ll look at terms you can use to talk with patients and their families about medications. 

The Examining Room
Most patients have routine symptoms and ailments, and in this lesson we’ll add more words to your vocabulary for discussing these common medical problems. In addition, we’ll look at words for instructing patients during a medical exam—and we’ll end off by expanding your toolkit of Spanish words with some new adjectives.

On the Patient Care Floor
Today we’ll visit the patient care floors and learn words for everything from bedpans to pillows to call buttons. You’ll also discover lots of new words for talking about time, and you’ll find out how to explain visiting hours to your Spanish-speaking patients. Finally, we’ll explore words for feelings—something that will help you soothe patients when they’re sad and celebrate with them when they’re happy. 

Admitting and Discharge
Patients are constantly coming and going—and that means it’s a good idea to know Spanish words for admitting and discharging them! Today you’ll learn a new set of verbs that will help you talk with patients when they’re arriving or leaving. In addition, we’ll look at words for talking about insurance and payments. 

Words for Talking about Pregnancy and Pediatric Care
This lesson starts with a look at the youngest patients who visit a doctor’s office or hospital: the ones who aren’t even born yet. After we talk about pregnancy, labor, and delivery, we’ll move on to pediatrics and explore words for making your young patients and their parents feel informed and comfortable. As a bonus, we’ll talk about words that’ll get you out of a bind if you don’t understand what a Spanish-speaking patient is saying. 

Vocabulary for Assisting Adult Patients
Today we’ll finish our journey through the ages and stages of life by talking about adult patients. We’ll look at words for discussing cancer symptoms, tests, and treatments, and explore ways to assess the mental status of a patient en español. In addition, we’ll look at Spanish words for all those diets your patients love so much: low-salt, low-fat, low-cholesterol, and more! And finally, you’ll discover the little word “hay” and find out why it packs a powerful punch

 

Course III: HIPAA Compliance

There are 12 units of study

Introduction to HIPAA

In our first lesson, we'll lay out the foundation of HIPAA so you'll understand the motivation behind the law. We'll focus specifically on the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA and give you a good idea of its goals. As with any law, noncompliance comes at a price. So we'll also take a look at the penalties involved for anyone who ignores HIPAA's requirements.

HIPAA's Major Players: Covered Entities, Business Associates, and Related Organizations

Are you interested in working in a medical or dental office, an insurance company, or a government agency like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Department of Health and Human Services? All of these organizations are subject to HIPAA, and all of them have to work together. In this lesson, you'll learn which groups must comply with HIPAA's rules and standards as they gather and transmit health-related information. By the time we're done with this lesson, you'll know the difference between a covered entity, a business associate, and a trading partner

Transactions, Code Sets, and Identifiers

It's time to put your newfound lingo to use. The overriding goal of HIPAA is to protect personal health information. In this lesson, we'll identify the 12 types of electronic transactions that HIPAA covers. We'll also take a peek at the code sets and identifiers used in these transactions. Transactions, code sets, and identifiers are key to your understanding of HIPAA, and this lesson will put those pieces of the puzzle together.

Introduction to the Privacy Rule

What happens if you or your employer violates the Privacy Rule? Could a court fine you or even send you to jail? And what if the privacy breach was unintentional, and you tried to fix it as soon as you found out—would that have any effect on your punishment? Today we'll answer these questions and many others as we delve into the administrative requirements of the Privacy Rule. You'll find out about civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance and wrongful disclosure of protected health information.

Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information

Now that you understand the Privacy Rule, we'll take the next step and delve into the requirements for using and disclosing protected health information (PHI). HIPAA has two types of disclosures: required and permitted. At the end of this lesson, you'll understand the difference between the two. Another concept that figures heavily into the entire HIPAA picture is minimum necessary. You'll see how this concept fits neatly into the issue of PHI disclosures.

Patient Rights

Under HIPAA, patients have seven fundamental privacy rights. We'll examine those rights in this lesson. You'll find out what procedures HIPAA requires to ensure that patients can access their own medical information and control how others disclose that information. You'll also see how state laws can expand on HIPAA's provisions.

Introduction to the Security Rule

The Security Rule is the companion to HIPAA's Privacy Rule. In this lesson, we'll turn our attention to the concept of information security. Security has its own key terms, and we'll spend some time on them so you'll be familiar with their meanings. If you don't know the difference between a hacker and a spoofer, you will by the time this lesson is done! We'll also address the various threats that can exist when you electronically handle and transmit protected health information.

Risk Management and the Security Rule Standards

How common are security breaches in the real world, and what effects can they have? As we continue to investigate HIPAA's Security Rule, we'll explore its fundamental approach to addressing security. We'll examine the philosophy and principles behind the Security Rule. Then we'll go over the standards for implementation, and you'll learn which ones are required and which are simply addressable. We'll also examine the frequency and costs of some real-life security breaches, so you'll understand why effective security practices matter so much.

Administrative Safeguards

The Security Rule covers three major areas: administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, and technical safeguards. By the end of today's lesson, you'll understand what administrative safeguards are and how they could affect you at your job

Physical and Technical Safeguards

Continuing the journey into HIPAA's Security Rule, in this lesson, we'll examine the philosophy and principles behind the Security Rule. Then we'll go over the standards for implementation, and you'll learn which ones are required and which are simply addressable. We'll also take a look at some real-life security breaches, which should emphasize the need for good security practices.

Compliance, Rules, and Agreements

We've emphasized how important it is for your organization to comply with HIPAA. But what if one of your business associates fails to comply and leaves your patients' data exposed? In recent years, the federal government has tightened up rules related to business associates and security breaches. In this lesson, we'll explore the rules and laws about compliance and business associates. By the time we're done, you'll understand the basics of a business associate agreement.

HIPAA: Wrapping It Up!

When it's time to begin creating your own policies and procedures to implement HIPAA, it helps to have a framework to follow. And that's what this lesson will give you: a description of the most common frameworks available, so you can choose the one that best suits your organization. We'll also look at some healthcare trends so you'll have an idea of what the future holds for HIPAA.

 

Course IV: Medical Math

There are 12 units of study

Basic Math Refresher

Has it been a while since you multiplied fractions? Converted decimals to percents? Used exponents or powers of 10? Today we’ll review these math topics—and more—because they’re what medical professionals commonly need to use. You’ll get lots of practice in this lesson, so if you’re a little rusty, don’t worry—you’ll be back up to speed in no time!

Measurement Systems and Conversions

Do you remember how to convert centimeters to inches and pounds to kilograms? We’ll cover the metric system along with the U.S. customary system of measurement. You’ll become a master at making conversions within and between the two systems, and you’ll learn how medical professionals use these measurements every day.

Ratios, Rates, and Proportions

“Amoxicillin 500 mg PO b.i.d.” What does this medication order mean? In Lesson 3, we’ll unlock some of the jargon and abbreviations these orders use. You’ll interpret ratios, determine rates, and set up and solve proportions—all of which will help you as you determine medication dosages and make other medical calculations.

Dimensional Analysis and Formulas

Can you convert liters per hour to milliliters per minute? Do you know how to calculate body surface area to use in a pediatric dosage calculation? You’ll learn these skills and more in Lesson 4. We’ll cover the basics of dimensional analysis and then use it to solve problems that are more complex. We’ll also focus on several key formulas that medical professionals use. And you’ll learn different ways to solve the same problem, so you can choose the method that’s easiest and fastest for you!

Oral Medications

What are the three forms of oral medications? Do you know how to calculate the dose of an oral liquid medication based on body weight? And what does “mEq” mean? In Lesson 5, we’ll apply what you’ve learned in previous lessons as you master new skills. You’ll calculate doses of oral medications in solid and liquid form. You’ll also learn to dose oral medications based on body weight and body surface area.

Solutions and Dilutions

Can you interpret the percent strength of a solution and use it in a dosage calculation? Do you know how to prepare dilutions from stock solutions? In Lesson 6, you’ll learn about solution strengths as ratios and percentages, and you’ll practice the calculations necessary to prepare solutions.

Parenteral Medications

Do you know how to reconstitute a powdered medication? Can you calculate dosages for medications that you have to inject? In Lesson 7, you’ll learn to formulate doses of parenteral medications. You’ll do calculations for liquid parenteral medications measured in milliliters and in units.

Intravenous Fluids

Have you ever calculated the flow rate for an intravenous infusion? What's an enteral infusion? In Lesson 8, you'll learn the basics of intravenous and enteral solutions and infusions. You'll learn to calculate the flow rates for both kinds of infusions. You'll also figure out how long it will take a solution to infuse.

Intravenous Drug Calculations

What do IVP and IVPB mean? How do you calculate an IV flow rate based on a patient's body weight or body surface area? In Lesson 9, you'll learn how medical professionals give medications intravenously, and you'll practice calculating flow rates in different circumstances.

Pediatric and Geriatric Dosing

Should you round dosing calculations up or down for pediatric patients? What are the best dosing practices for children and older adults? In Lesson 10, you'll learn about special dosing concerns for your younger and older patients. You'll calculate doses for pediatric and geriatric patients using body weight and body surface area. We'll also cover additional age-specific issues, like daily fluid maintenance and dosing of patients with reduced kidney function.

Descriptive Statistics

How do you measure what's typical or average in a data set? And what's a standard deviation? In Lesson 11, you'll learn basic statistics that you can apply in the medical field. You'll see how to use statistics to summarize a data set. You'll also understand how people use data and statistics to make decisions, improve quality, and develop best practices in medicine.

Probability, Data Collection, and Medical Research

How do you collect good data? What's a p-value, and what does p < 0.05 mean? In Lesson 12, you'll work with examples from the medical field as you calculate and interpret probabilities. You'll also learn about ways to collect data. When you've finished this lesson, it'll be easier for you to understand and evaluate research results.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe PDF plug - in ( a free download obtained at Adobe.com)

Email

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly. The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

About this Course

Gain a solid grounding in basic medical studies

Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

This course teaches medical terminology from an anatomical approach. Root terms are divided by each body system. The origin, a combined form, and an example of non-medical everyday usage is provided for each root term. Word Associations are provided as a learning tool. Unusual and interesting information is provided in regards to each term. Root terms are combined with prefixes and suffixes as your learning will culminate in the interpretation of several paragraphs of medical notes.

Spanish for Medical Professionals

Are you struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients?  If so, here's the perfect solution. Whether you're new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this fun and simple course will give you the basic tools you need to bridge the communication gap. 

With increasing numbers of Spanish-speaking patients entering the healthcare system every year, it's more crucial than ever for health professionals to learn medical Spanish. What's more, adding Spanish skills to your résumé can broaden your career horizons. But you're a busy person, and you don't have time to waste—so this course skips the "touristy" topics and focuses on the survival Spanish medical personnel really need to know in a medical setting. 

Starting with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, you'll move right into simple words for everyday topics including colors, numbers, conversational phrases, family names, and words for asking questions. Next, you'll get to the meat of the course as you discover how to ask about pain, symptoms, medical histories, insurance, and patients' feelings. You'll also learn how to talk about body parts, diets, and medical care and treatment. Along the way, entertaining games and stories will help you practice your new vocabulary as you gain awareness about Latin American culture. 

By the end of this course, you'll have a strong foundation in basic medical Spanish that you can build on for years to come. ¡Vamos! (Let's go!)

HIPAA Compliance

Are you a health care professional or considering a career in the health care industry? Do you provide products or services to a health care organization? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it's mandatory that you understand the compliance requirements of HIPAA, and subsequent rules and laws (through March 31, 2014) that affect HIPAA, includingARRA/HITECH, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA), the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA), and the OMNIBUS rules. These laws require all health care professionals to take careful steps to protect protected health information (PHI). But what exactly do all these regulations require?

In this course, we'll demystify the compliance process. We'll focus specifically on the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA, starting by defining the lingo of HIPAA, ARRA/HITECH, ASCA, ACA, and the OMNIBUS rules. While we're at it, we'll identify all the important players.

Next, we'll zero in on the Administrative Simplification rules of HIPAA, starting with  transactions, code sets, and identifiers, which are all key elements in the HIPAA-mandated electronic health care transmissions.

We'll use real-world examples to help explain the Privacy Rule, which governs patient rights and disclosure of protected health information (PHI),   We'll explain what's meant by covered entities (CE), business associates (BA), and many other relationships within the health care industry impacted by HIPAA.

Since computers are an integral part of health care these days, we'll see how they fit into the Security Rule. We'll also examine administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, technical safeguards, and policy and procedure creation—all of which are crucial components of the Security Rule.

Last, but not least, we'll focus on the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), HIPAA's watchdog organization, and learn about the civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance. 

By the time you finish this course, you'll be confident and capable of implementing HIPAA's Administrative Simplification rules, and the laws impacting it, in your own organization. If you're just starting your career in the health care field, you'll have a priceless addition to your resume.

Medical Math

Master medical calculations in an engaging environment! In these fun and practical lessons, you'll gain the medical math skills you need for anything from calculating dosages to using scientific formulas. Whatever medical field you're in, the hands-on activities in this course will help you perform day-to-day math tasks quickly and easily. 

First, you'll brush up your basic math skills. You'll begin with a review of fractions, decimals, and percentages, and then dive into measurement systems and conversions used in the medical field.  

Next, you'll do dosage calculations for oral, parenteral, and intravenous medications. You'll explore three different methods you can use for dosage calculations: proportions, dimensional analysis, and the formula method. You'll also learn an easy formula that you can apply to many dosage calculations.  

Finally, you'll get an introduction to basic statistics and probability. You'll find out how to interpret the latest medical findings for your patients, and journal articles will no longer be a mystery!   

Whether you're new to the field of medicine or want to enhance your skills, this is the course for you.  By the time you finish these lessons, you'll have a solid grounding in basic medical math, and you'll be ready to tackle any calculation confidently.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn Certificate in Medical Office Basics Suite Online Courses in only 24 to 32 weeks
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course I: Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

There are 12 units of study

Common Root and Musculoskeletal Terms

Welcome to the first lesson of medical terminology! We'll begin the course by exploring root terms, which represent the main meaning of a combined medical term. A combined medical term consists of a root, a prefix, and/or a suffix. As we progress through each lesson of this course, you'll see that we proceed by "body system," and in this first lesson, we'll go over root terms that are associated with the musculoskeletal system, so we'll be talking a lot about the muscles, bones, joints, and tendons of the body in this lesson.

Integumentary and Digestive Terms

In today's lesson, you'll learn a variety of terminology relating to the integumentary and digestive systems. The integumentary system includes the skin, connective tissues, and some loosely associated structures such as nails and teeth. When we discuss the digestive system, you'll learn medical terminology relating to the digestive tract from the mouth, to the pharynx, to the esophagus, and so on, all the way out to the exterior of the body.

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Terms

In this lesson, we'll go over terminology related to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The cardiovascular system includes the heart, arteries, veins, and blood, while the respiratory system includes the lungs and assorted chest structures.

Urinary and Reproductive Terms

Today's topic areas are the urinary and reproductive systems. When we go over the urinary system, you'll learn terminology related to the kidneys, bladder, urine, and even some chemistry terms. When we go over the reproductive system, you'll learn root terms that refer to both male and female anatomical structures.

Neurosensory Terms and Root-Term Review

In this lesson, we'll finish up our discussion about root terms. You'll learn root terms that are associated with the neurosensory system, including nerves, the eyes, ears, brain, and spinal cord. Then we'll begin doing something a little different—at the end of the lesson, we'll do a little review session to help you remember all of the root terms that you've learned up to this point.

Prefixes and Suffixes A through H

In today's lesson, you'll learn about prefixes and suffixes that are common in medicine and start with the letters A through H. Starting today, we won't be going through the word associations that we did in previous lessons. By now, you'll find that you can recognize many of these terms as they're used in our normal, everyday language.

Prefixes and Suffixes I through O

In this lesson, we'll continue to progress through the prefixes and suffixes commonly used in medical terminology. Our objective for today is to identify the common medical prefixes and suffixes that begin with the letters I through O.

Prefixes and Suffixes P through Z

Today, we'll complete our tour through the alphabetical listings of the most common prefixes and suffixes used in medical terminology by focusing on prefixes and suffixes that begin with the letters P through Z. You'll find that there are many more terms that medical professionals use less often, and you'll even discover that sometimes a root that you already know is used as a prefix or suffix.

Color Prefixes and Suffixes and Abbreviated Titles

In previous lessons, you learned about common prefixes and suffixes. In today's lesson, we'll study specific prefixes and suffixes that pertain to color. Color is used quite a bit in the medical field because it helps everyone to describe various signs and symptoms. In this lesson, we'll also go over medical abbreviations that are specific to the various occupations and titles of the medical industry. Your assignment in this lesson will change a little as your research becomes a bit more challenging.

Common Abbreviations A through R

The medical community uses an abundance of abbreviations. Some medical facilities don't allow them, but you should still learn the meanings of the most common abbreviations so you'll know them when you see them. For this lesson, we'll study the abbreviations that start with the letters A through R. Your assignment for this lesson will be a bit different—you're going to find words in a medical note that you can replace with the abbreviations that you learned in the lesson.

Common Abbreviations S through W and Specialized Abbreviations

In this lesson, we'll finish our study of medical abbreviations as we explore the abbreviations that begin with letters S through Z. We'll also go over specific abbreviations that refer to hospital areas, laboratory tests, chemistries, and medical symbols. In today's assignment, it's up to you to find the abbreviations that correctly relate to each sentence in a medical note.

Directional Terms and Word Combinations

Here in our final lesson, it's time to put everything you've learned together. We'll look at our roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and see how they create combined medical terms from body system to body system. You'll also learn some directional terms that are commonly used in medicine. You'll find that your assignment for this lesson provides you the opportunity to decipher a complete medical note.

 

Course II: Spanish for Medical Professionals

There are 12 units of study

Speaking, Spelling, and Counting in Spanish
¡Bienvenidos! (Welcome !) In our first lesson, you’ll master the building blocks of Spanish. First, you’ll discover how easy it is to spell and pronounce words en español. After that, you’ll learn how to count from 0 to 19.

Words for Talking About People
La familia is central to Latin American life, and family members play a key role in a patient’s medical care as well. Today you’ll learn the Spanish words for those family members, and pick up some handy phrases for conversing with patients and their families. In addition, we’ll talk about pronouns and explore the role of gender in Spanish. 

Colors, Directional Words, and Numbers from 20 to 199
In this lesson, you’ll power up your Spanish vocabulary by learning the words for colors and directions. In addition, you’ll find out how to count all the way to 199—and you’ll learn six handy prepositions to beef up your sentence-building power. 

Easy Verbs
As a medical professional, you’re always in action—so you’ll want lots of action words in your Spanish repertoire! To help you master those verbs effortlessly, I’ll introduce you to my super-simple conjugation system that uses only three tenses (present, easy past, and easy future). In addition, we’ll look at two interesting verbs that mean “to be:” ser and estar. 

Words for Describing the Body and Medical Conditions
Today we’ll start zeroing in on the medical Spanish you need to know. We’ll begin by taking a look at the parts of the body, and you’ll learn the words for everything from teeth to toes. After that, we’ll peek inside the body, and talk about internal organs. And finally, we’ll delve into the Spanish vocabulary for common medical conditions. 

At the Doctor's Office
It’s time to visit the doctor’s office, where you’ll learn lots of words for making patients feel welcome. You’ll also discover the magic of the word ¿Cuál? and explore other ways to ask questions. In addition, we’ll talk about Spanish words for hours of the day, days of the week and months of the year—all handy things to know if you’re making appointments for patients!

Emergency!
In an emergency, every second counts—and today’s vocabulary words can help you respond quickly in medical crises involving Spanish-speaking patients. In addition, you’ll learn words for describing medical tests, treatments, and procedures, so you can inform and reassure patients receiving care in the emergency room. And finally, we’ll look at terms you can use to talk with patients and their families about medications. 

The Examining Room
Most patients have routine symptoms and ailments, and in this lesson we’ll add more words to your vocabulary for discussing these common medical problems. In addition, we’ll look at words for instructing patients during a medical exam—and we’ll end off by expanding your toolkit of Spanish words with some new adjectives.

On the Patient Care Floor
Today we’ll visit the patient care floors and learn words for everything from bedpans to pillows to call buttons. You’ll also discover lots of new words for talking about time, and you’ll find out how to explain visiting hours to your Spanish-speaking patients. Finally, we’ll explore words for feelings—something that will help you soothe patients when they’re sad and celebrate with them when they’re happy. 

Admitting and Discharge
Patients are constantly coming and going—and that means it’s a good idea to know Spanish words for admitting and discharging them! Today you’ll learn a new set of verbs that will help you talk with patients when they’re arriving or leaving. In addition, we’ll look at words for talking about insurance and payments. 

Words for Talking about Pregnancy and Pediatric Care
This lesson starts with a look at the youngest patients who visit a doctor’s office or hospital: the ones who aren’t even born yet. After we talk about pregnancy, labor, and delivery, we’ll move on to pediatrics and explore words for making your young patients and their parents feel informed and comfortable. As a bonus, we’ll talk about words that’ll get you out of a bind if you don’t understand what a Spanish-speaking patient is saying. 

Vocabulary for Assisting Adult Patients
Today we’ll finish our journey through the ages and stages of life by talking about adult patients. We’ll look at words for discussing cancer symptoms, tests, and treatments, and explore ways to assess the mental status of a patient en español. In addition, we’ll look at Spanish words for all those diets your patients love so much: low-salt, low-fat, low-cholesterol, and more! And finally, you’ll discover the little word “hay” and find out why it packs a powerful punch

 

Course III: HIPAA Compliance

There are 12 units of study

Introduction to HIPAA

In our first lesson, we'll lay out the foundation of HIPAA so you'll understand the motivation behind the law. We'll focus specifically on the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA and give you a good idea of its goals. As with any law, noncompliance comes at a price. So we'll also take a look at the penalties involved for anyone who ignores HIPAA's requirements.

HIPAA's Major Players: Covered Entities, Business Associates, and Related Organizations

Are you interested in working in a medical or dental office, an insurance company, or a government agency like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Department of Health and Human Services? All of these organizations are subject to HIPAA, and all of them have to work together. In this lesson, you'll learn which groups must comply with HIPAA's rules and standards as they gather and transmit health-related information. By the time we're done with this lesson, you'll know the difference between a covered entity, a business associate, and a trading partner

Transactions, Code Sets, and Identifiers

It's time to put your newfound lingo to use. The overriding goal of HIPAA is to protect personal health information. In this lesson, we'll identify the 12 types of electronic transactions that HIPAA covers. We'll also take a peek at the code sets and identifiers used in these transactions. Transactions, code sets, and identifiers are key to your understanding of HIPAA, and this lesson will put those pieces of the puzzle together.

Introduction to the Privacy Rule

What happens if you or your employer violates the Privacy Rule? Could a court fine you or even send you to jail? And what if the privacy breach was unintentional, and you tried to fix it as soon as you found out—would that have any effect on your punishment? Today we'll answer these questions and many others as we delve into the administrative requirements of the Privacy Rule. You'll find out about civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance and wrongful disclosure of protected health information.

Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information

Now that you understand the Privacy Rule, we'll take the next step and delve into the requirements for using and disclosing protected health information (PHI). HIPAA has two types of disclosures: required and permitted. At the end of this lesson, you'll understand the difference between the two. Another concept that figures heavily into the entire HIPAA picture is minimum necessary. You'll see how this concept fits neatly into the issue of PHI disclosures.

Patient Rights

Under HIPAA, patients have seven fundamental privacy rights. We'll examine those rights in this lesson. You'll find out what procedures HIPAA requires to ensure that patients can access their own medical information and control how others disclose that information. You'll also see how state laws can expand on HIPAA's provisions.

Introduction to the Security Rule

The Security Rule is the companion to HIPAA's Privacy Rule. In this lesson, we'll turn our attention to the concept of information security. Security has its own key terms, and we'll spend some time on them so you'll be familiar with their meanings. If you don't know the difference between a hacker and a spoofer, you will by the time this lesson is done! We'll also address the various threats that can exist when you electronically handle and transmit protected health information.

Risk Management and the Security Rule Standards

How common are security breaches in the real world, and what effects can they have? As we continue to investigate HIPAA's Security Rule, we'll explore its fundamental approach to addressing security. We'll examine the philosophy and principles behind the Security Rule. Then we'll go over the standards for implementation, and you'll learn which ones are required and which are simply addressable. We'll also examine the frequency and costs of some real-life security breaches, so you'll understand why effective security practices matter so much.

Administrative Safeguards

The Security Rule covers three major areas: administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, and technical safeguards. By the end of today's lesson, you'll understand what administrative safeguards are and how they could affect you at your job

Physical and Technical Safeguards

Continuing the journey into HIPAA's Security Rule, in this lesson, we'll examine the philosophy and principles behind the Security Rule. Then we'll go over the standards for implementation, and you'll learn which ones are required and which are simply addressable. We'll also take a look at some real-life security breaches, which should emphasize the need for good security practices.

Compliance, Rules, and Agreements

We've emphasized how important it is for your organization to comply with HIPAA. But what if one of your business associates fails to comply and leaves your patients' data exposed? In recent years, the federal government has tightened up rules related to business associates and security breaches. In this lesson, we'll explore the rules and laws about compliance and business associates. By the time we're done, you'll understand the basics of a business associate agreement.

HIPAA: Wrapping It Up!

When it's time to begin creating your own policies and procedures to implement HIPAA, it helps to have a framework to follow. And that's what this lesson will give you: a description of the most common frameworks available, so you can choose the one that best suits your organization. We'll also look at some healthcare trends so you'll have an idea of what the future holds for HIPAA.

 

Course IV: Medical Math

There are 12 units of study

Basic Math Refresher

Has it been a while since you multiplied fractions? Converted decimals to percents? Used exponents or powers of 10? Today we’ll review these math topics—and more—because they’re what medical professionals commonly need to use. You’ll get lots of practice in this lesson, so if you’re a little rusty, don’t worry—you’ll be back up to speed in no time!

Measurement Systems and Conversions

Do you remember how to convert centimeters to inches and pounds to kilograms? We’ll cover the metric system along with the U.S. customary system of measurement. You’ll become a master at making conversions within and between the two systems, and you’ll learn how medical professionals use these measurements every day.

Ratios, Rates, and Proportions

“Amoxicillin 500 mg PO b.i.d.” What does this medication order mean? In Lesson 3, we’ll unlock some of the jargon and abbreviations these orders use. You’ll interpret ratios, determine rates, and set up and solve proportions—all of which will help you as you determine medication dosages and make other medical calculations.

Dimensional Analysis and Formulas

Can you convert liters per hour to milliliters per minute? Do you know how to calculate body surface area to use in a pediatric dosage calculation? You’ll learn these skills and more in Lesson 4. We’ll cover the basics of dimensional analysis and then use it to solve problems that are more complex. We’ll also focus on several key formulas that medical professionals use. And you’ll learn different ways to solve the same problem, so you can choose the method that’s easiest and fastest for you!

Oral Medications

What are the three forms of oral medications? Do you know how to calculate the dose of an oral liquid medication based on body weight? And what does “mEq” mean? In Lesson 5, we’ll apply what you’ve learned in previous lessons as you master new skills. You’ll calculate doses of oral medications in solid and liquid form. You’ll also learn to dose oral medications based on body weight and body surface area.

Solutions and Dilutions

Can you interpret the percent strength of a solution and use it in a dosage calculation? Do you know how to prepare dilutions from stock solutions? In Lesson 6, you’ll learn about solution strengths as ratios and percentages, and you’ll practice the calculations necessary to prepare solutions.

Parenteral Medications

Do you know how to reconstitute a powdered medication? Can you calculate dosages for medications that you have to inject? In Lesson 7, you’ll learn to formulate doses of parenteral medications. You’ll do calculations for liquid parenteral medications measured in milliliters and in units.

Intravenous Fluids

Have you ever calculated the flow rate for an intravenous infusion? What's an enteral infusion? In Lesson 8, you'll learn the basics of intravenous and enteral solutions and infusions. You'll learn to calculate the flow rates for both kinds of infusions. You'll also figure out how long it will take a solution to infuse.

Intravenous Drug Calculations

What do IVP and IVPB mean? How do you calculate an IV flow rate based on a patient's body weight or body surface area? In Lesson 9, you'll learn how medical professionals give medications intravenously, and you'll practice calculating flow rates in different circumstances.

Pediatric and Geriatric Dosing

Should you round dosing calculations up or down for pediatric patients? What are the best dosing practices for children and older adults? In Lesson 10, you'll learn about special dosing concerns for your younger and older patients. You'll calculate doses for pediatric and geriatric patients using body weight and body surface area. We'll also cover additional age-specific issues, like daily fluid maintenance and dosing of patients with reduced kidney function.

Descriptive Statistics

How do you measure what's typical or average in a data set? And what's a standard deviation? In Lesson 11, you'll learn basic statistics that you can apply in the medical field. You'll see how to use statistics to summarize a data set. You'll also understand how people use data and statistics to make decisions, improve quality, and develop best practices in medicine.

Probability, Data Collection, and Medical Research

How do you collect good data? What's a p-value, and what does p < 0.05 mean? In Lesson 12, you'll work with examples from the medical field as you calculate and interpret probabilities. You'll also learn about ways to collect data. When you've finished this lesson, it'll be easier for you to understand and evaluate research results.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

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Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
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MAC/iOS

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  • Modern and up to date browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe PDF plug - in ( a free download obtained at Adobe.com)

Email

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Course ID No.: 007MOBS
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 24 to 32 weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 96 hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion

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