Basic Medical Terminology

Description: Basic Medical Terminology will provide the framework needed before advancing to a more comprehensive medical terminology course designed for those seeking to become a coder. This course will focus on the many components of a medical term and how to break down a medical term by simply knowing the meaning of the prefix or suffix. By learning the individual parts of a medical word, you will not need to memorize hundreds of complex medical terms and their definitions.

This is a great beginner course to take on your career path as a coder, and also serves equally well as a refresher for all health information management professionals. This is a prerequisite course for the Advanced Medical Terminology course for coding that OHIMA also offers online.

If you receive a score of 70% or higher on this course's Final Test (50 questions), you will earn the CEUs for this course. If you do not pass, you will not receive the CEUs. Because the answers are provided upon submission, the Final Test cannot be retaken.


  • Learn the basic rules and elements of a medical term.
  • Learn the medical terms related to body structure.
  • Learn 100s of medical suffixes and prefixes to recognize and correctly form medical terms.

Instructor:  Dee Mandley, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer has been in the health information management field for 25 years. She graduated from Stark Technical College in 1986 with an associate degree in applied science medical record technology. Since then she has held various management positions within hospitals, review organizations, and HIM consulting firms. Dee has worked for and managed medium to large-sized to multi-hospital systems. Dee has vast experience at all levels and types of facilities. Dee is well recognized and respected by her peers within the health information profession. She also holds the credentials of CCS (certified coding specialist) and CCS-P (certified coding specialist for physician office). Dee achieved the ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certificate from AHIMA in February 2010. She has served on various health information management committees at a national, state and local level. Dee has presented to college students desiring to know more about the coding and health information profession. Dee worked with the CCS and CCS-P construction committees for several years. She has written several on-line training courses for OHIMA and has done public speaking on a variety of topics including ICD-10-CM/PCS. In 2004, Dee began her own consulting firm, D. Mandley & Associates, LLC, offering coding audits, coding education, coder cross-training, and backlog coding assistance. To learn more about D.Mandley & Associates, LLC visit her website at

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Cost: $100


Course Details

Introduction 00:05:00
Chapter 100:30:00
Basic Rules & Elements 00:30:00
Chapter Quiz - Basic Rules & Elements
Chapter 200:45:00
Suffixes 00:45:00
Chapter Quiz - Suffixes
Chapter 301:00:00
Prefixes 01:00:00
Chapter Quiz - Prefixes 1
Chapter Quiz - Prefixes 2
Chapter Quiz - Roots, Suffixes, Prefixes
Chapter 401:15:00
Roots by Body System 01:15:00
Chapter Quiz - Word Roots
Chapter 500:25:00
Final Review 00:25:00
Final Test
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