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Lesson 9 - 3

Medical Terminology Lesson 9: Abbreviations of medical Titles, Part One

Title Definition of TitleSkillsEducation
EMT Emergency Medical Technician Provided emergency care away from a hospital setting. Advanced EMTs become paramedics. EMT's can received certification in as little as four to six weeks, while paramedics usually have associate's degrees.
LVN, LPN Licensed Vocational Nurse (Licensed Practical Nurse) Supervised directly by a registered nurse . May do most procedures if adequately trained and allowed by the facility. Must have an RN countersignature to administer blood products. Certificate (usually less than a year).
MD Medical Doctor Varies depending on specialty. May diagnose and prescribe medications;. Doctorate (eight to 12 years)
ME Medical Examiner Primarily required to pronounce a person dead or decide if a case warrants an autopsy. In some rural locations, none.
MLT Medical lab Technologist Performs lab tests and phlebotomy (draws blood) Certificate or associate's degree
NP Nurse Practitioner Assist physicians. May write orders and diagnosis under the supervision of a physician Master's Degree
OT Occupational Therapist Assists patients in recovering daily activity skills Usually master's degree. (Not to be confused with OT assistant)
PA Physicians's Assistant Assists physicians. May write orders and diagnose under physician's supervision. Usually Master's Degree
PT Physical Therapist Helps patients recover lost motor function due to illness or injury Master's or doctorate degree. (Not to be confused with PT assistant .
RHIT Registered Health Information Technician (formerly ART - Accredited Record Technologist) Manages the medical records. Can involve insurance coding and trascription Associate's degree.
RN Registered Nurse Performs nursing tasks and administration. Oversees LPNs and is responsible for patient maintenance. Associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree, or doctorate
RRT, RT Registered Respiratory Therapist (Respiratory Therapist) Respiratory care and treatments to include blood gas and ventilator management. Certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree.
CMA (or RMA) Certified Medical Assistant Registered Medical Assistant Works in doctor's office and must be able to assist in exams, draw blood, and do office work. Certificate or associate's degree
CNA Certified Nursing Aide Trained to work with nursing home patients. Sometimes will work in hospitals. Being replaced in hospitals by patient care technicians. Certificate (usually 4 to 12 weeks)
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