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Healthcare Document Specialist Syllabus
Welcome to Course One of your Healthcare Document Specialist program! I will be your guide as
you prepare for your new career as a healthcare document specialist. If you have any questions or
want to discuss general topics, feel free to contact me through the course. (Click on participant;
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The Healthcare Document Specialist program provides you practical instruction to process medical
claims, research and assign diagnostic and procedural codes to medical records and transcribe and
In your fi rst course, you’ll learn about the team of professionals that provides health care, as
well as the personal qualities and character traits of a successful healthcare professional. You’ll
study medical terminology, and you’ll examine different insurance programs. This course also
details important legal and ethical guidelines and the role medical records play for the healthcare
Upon completion of Course One, you will be trained to:
• Describe medical personnel and their role in quality health care.
• Properly use medical and insurance terminology.
• Distinguish among different types of insurance plans.
• Apply effective medical ethics and legal theory in your career.
• Explain the parts of a medical record, and describe the importance of documentation
Course One Outline
Lesson and Content
Lesson 1—The World of Health CareLesson 2—Medical Insurance 101
Lesson 3—Private Insurance and Managed CareLesson 4—Medicaid, CHIP and Medicare
Lesson 5—Military Insurance, Workers’ Compensation and COBRA
Lesson 6—Introduction to Medical Terminology: Word Parts
Lesson 7—Medical Terminology: Dividing and Combining Terms
Lesson 8—Medical Terminology: Abbreviations, Symbols and Special Terms
Lesson 9—Ethics and Legal IssuesLesson 10—Medical Records
Healthcare Document Specialist Syllabus—Course One
Required Course Materials
Healthcare Document Specialist Course One.
Fort Collins, CO: Weston Distance Learning, Inc., 2013.
Your program is self-paced. I, your instructor, access the course each business day and often on the
weekends. I will review your Quizzes and inquiries in a timely manner and hope that your responses will
Practice Exercises are presented throughout the lessons to reinforce what you’ve
learned. As their name implies, Practices Exercises are for your practice and aren’t graded. You may start
and stop a Practice Exercise as many times as you wish. In addition, you may also take Practice Exercises
repeatedly to reinforce information.
You’ll complete a Quiz for every lesson or group of lessons as noted on this syllabus. All of your
Quizzes are open book, so feel free to use your course material and other resources at any time. However,
once you begin a Quiz, you cannot navigate away from your Quiz to look up answers within
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Healthcare Document Specialist Syllabus—Course One
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Healthcare Document Specialist Online Program Completion Policy
Please refer to the At-Home Professions School Catalog to review the program completion policy.
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