Medical Terminology Basics - Black Hawk College

Medical Terminology Basics

Program Description

In-person vs. virtual classroom vs. online?

  • An in-person class provides the traditional on-site instruction.
  • A virtual classroom provides real-time, online instruction. A student is responsible for the technology needed to attend the class.
  • An online class provides online instruction but not in real-time. A student is responsible for the technology needed to complete the class.


Introduction to Medical Terminology             

Instructor: K. Keesecker, B.S., CMA, FEMA CERC

Gain the confidence to pursue a job in the health care

field or learn a new skill to increase your chance of job advancement. Focus is on the basic components and how to break down a medical term by knowing the meaning of a prefix or suffix. By learning the individual parts of a medical term, you will not need to memorize hundreds of complex terms and their definitions. Before the first class, purchase required textbook at

4 Tues./4 Thurs.   May 11 – June 3                 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Virtual classroom CRN 50179                         Tuition Fee $240


8 Saturdays           Aug. 7 – Sept. 25              Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Virtual classroom CRN 80631                         Tuition Fee $240


Medical Billing and Coding

Certified professional coders assign numeric codes to each procedure that appears in a patient’s medical record, so that payment can be rendered quickly and correctly. Aside from medical facilities, medical coding jobs are available with health insurance companies, pharmacies, medical suppliers, consulting firms, and medical billing companies. There has never been a better time to enter the field of Medical Billing and Coding. Health care workers are in high demand, as practicing physicians in the United States rely on medical billers and coders to receive payment for their services.

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