HCTM 380 Healthcare Code Sets and Clinical Terminologies • 5 Cr.


Covers structured terminology systems currently in use in healthcare settings, including medical, nursing, laboratory and other allied health terminologies. Includes historical development and use of terminologies, revision processes, use in electronic health records as well as requirements for statistical reporting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Determine structured data requirements in a given healthcare application
  • Discuss the differences between structured and unstructured data
  • Display an understanding of the layout of selected structured terminology systems used in healthcare
  • Select the appropriate terminology system for a given healthcare requirement
  • Analyze the components of structured terminologies currently used in healthcare
  • Summarize the development and evolution of SNOMED CT as a comprehensive terminology
  • Explain legislative requirements for use of structured terminologies in healthcare
  • Develop strategies to manage terminology changes in electronic health records
  • Use UMLS Knowledge Source tools to analyze terminology systems
  • Examine the processes by which structured terminologies in use were developed
  • Using ICD, practice coding select medical diagnoses and procedures
  • Explain the uses of healthcare terminologies in reporting statistical data, morbidity, and mortality
  • Describe use of ICD in development of healthcare finance and reimbursement
  • Compare and contrast development and uses of medical, nursing, and allied health terminologies
  • Explain the differences between hierarchical and flat terminology systems