Online Class: Medical Terminology 101

This course will teach you to recognize word roots, prefixes, and suffixes used in medical language today and covers all the need-to-know medical terms related to major human body systems.

no certificate
- OR -
with CEU Certificate*
Start Right Now!
$75.00 (with CEU Certificate)
Taking multiple courses? Save with our platinum program.
  • 15
  • 21
    Exams &
  • 34,041
    have taken this course
  • 18
    average time
  • 1.8

Course Description

This medical terminology course covers the medical language and terminology used by health care professionals everywhere. If you're interested in pursuing a health and science career requiring the ability to communicate with physicians, dentists, or other medical professionals, this class will meet all your needs.
In easy to review lessons, you'll find our user-friendly format will not only give you a solid foundation in medical language, but can be completed at your own convenience.
Through well-written and concise rich text, pictures, diagrams, HD Video, and interactive assignments and exams, this course teaches you how to analyze individual medical word parts such as prefixes, suffixes and word roots. This course also covers body system dynamics, medical language, body orientation, health, wellness, and disease terms. You will learn the basic components of medical terminology as it relates to each body system as well as the instruments used in assessment.
This course is ideal if you are...
  • working with doctors, nurses, or other medical personnel
  • interested in pursuing a career in medical transcription, medical billing or medical coding
  • looking to become a physician's secretary or medical support staff
  • need a review or extra tutoring for your anatomy and physiology classes
  • want a jump start in the medical field before starting college
  • interested in learning the latest in medical language
You can begin today--enroll right now!
In today's job marketplace, healthcare and allied health occupations are among the nation's fastest growing job markets.  Current trends are predicted to escalate for the next five years and experts agree that the people who are getting into the field now are the ones who will, most likely, be benefiting substantially in the long run. 

Naturally, in order to benefit in the healthcare fields, it is almost a necessity to have a working knowledge of medical terminology.  However, before you think that you’re going to need to go to medical school in order to understand what the course deals with, you can relax--anyone with a basic high school knowledge can be quite successful in this course.

Did you know that most of the medical terms are composed of interchangeable word parts that are used in different combinations?  Once you know the various word roots, prefixes and suffixes, you'll be able to actually define a medical term that you're not familiar with simply by recognizing its individual parts.  More importantly, you’ll be able to apply the knowledge that you can in this course when you apply for a job. 

There’s never been a better time to begin the next phase of your life – one in the medical profession.  Forget about being intimidated by what you perceive to be words that are impossible to understand.  You’ll be guided through them, step by step, and at the end of the course, you’ll find yourself fluent in medical terminology – and on the road to entering a field in the medical profession.

This course is designed for the student to go at their own pace and to deal with both an online instructor as well as with online forums with fellow students.  It does not require any previous medical background and it is composed of easy-to-review lessons which can be completed in as little as one to two weeks.

The student will gradually gain an understanding of the medical terms to the point in which they are comfortable with hearing a word, as well as saying it and knowing what the word means.  This is a course that will be most beneficial to anyone who is thinking about expanding their horizons into working with the medical community – either as a professional or even as a volunteer.  In addition, the knowledge gained in this course will be useful in the student’s dealings with medical matters – whether it be a routine check-up or an in-depth discussion about various medical diseases.

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

-      Name the various body systems and identify their basic components and functions

-      Recognize basic medical terms

-      Define vital signs and learn the difference between strong and weak vital signs

-      Learn the difference between signs and symptoms of a disease

-      Determine the care needed by identifying the meaning of the word root

Students will also learn and understand medical terms by examining their component parts, and will also learn to construct medical terms from their component parts.  In addition, students will also learn how to pronounce, spell, and define commonly used prefixes and suffixes.  By carefully pacing the material, students will also be defining anatomy and physiology at a comfortable and informative information rate.

As the course progresses, the student's knowledge base will expand to include:

-      Recognizing anatomic position and identifying bodily directions

-      Recognizing and define terms related to the abdominal cavity and peritoneum

-      Becoming familiar with planes of the body

-      Recognizing divisions and regions of the abdomen, thorax and peritoneum

-      Describing a location on the body based on descriptive orientation terms

For anyone who has ever been intimidated by medical terms and has believed themselves incapable of being comfortable in a medical environment, this is the course for you.  Great care has been taken to "demystify" the medical terminology so that the student can quickly pick up on word meanings and components. 

It’s a financial fact that those in the medical community have an annual income higher than most other professions--and it's a field that is only expanding.  Medical Terminology 101 has been designed to help anyone who wants to get ahead in the medical profession--even those starting in entry-level jobs--to have the upper hand.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.4 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(28,321 votes)

Lesson 1: Medical Basics

This lesson will identify basic body systems, medical terms, and vital signs; distinguish between symptoms and disease; determine the specialty of care by identifying the meaning of the word root and much more. Additional lesson topics: Intro to Structure and Function of the Body; Medical Terminology Basics; Medical Terminology: A Short Lecture 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7050.pdf
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Why are you taking a medical terminology course?
  • Assessment: Quiz 1

Lesson 2: Basic Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

This lesson will define word roots, prefixes, and suffixes; provide an understanding of how to analyze and construct medical terms from their component part and much more. Additional lesson topics: Medical Terminology Basics; Medical Terms: Roots, prefixes, suffixes; Medical Terminology I 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7051.pdf
  • Lesson discussions: Health Careers
  • Assessment: Quiz 2

Lesson 3: Human Body Orientation

This lesson will define anatomy and physiology, recognize anatomic position, familiarize students with planes of the body, equip students with the ability to locate parts of the body based on the descriptive orientation terms, and much more. Additional lesson topics: The Human Body: An Orientation; A and P I: Orientation 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7052.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 3

Lesson 4: The Human Body in Health and Disease

This lesson will recognize terms related to the pathology of cells, tissues, and glands; types of disease, and modes of disease transmission; recognize different medical specialties and specialists; and much more. Additional lesson topics: Mechanisms of Disease 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7053.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 4

Lesson 5: The Cardiovascular System

The Cardiovascular System. Additional lesson topics: Human Circulatory System; Cardiovascular System 1, Heart, Structure and Function; Heart Structure and Circulation 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7054.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 5

Lesson 6: The Digestive System

The Digestive System. Additional lesson topics: The Digestive System; Glossary; The Digestive System: CrashLecture Biology 28 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7055.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 6

Lesson 7: The Lymphatic System

The Lymphatic System. Additional lesson topics: The Lymphatic System, Part 1 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7056.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 7

Lesson 8: The Musculoskeletal System

The Musculoskeletal System. Additional lesson topics: Biology Video: Learn about Human Skeleton 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7057.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 8

Lesson 9: The Nervous System

The Nervous System. Additional lesson topics: The Nervous System; Nervous System/Neural Tissue: Anatomy and Physiology Help 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7058.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: The Respiratory System

The Respiratory System. Additional lesson topics: Respiratory System; Respiratory Anatomy 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7059.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 10

Lesson 11: The Skin and Sense Organs

The Skin and Sense Organs. Additional lesson topics: What is skin? The layers of human skin; Anatomy and Physiology Help: Chapter Several Integumentary System; ANATOMY; THE INTEGUMENT; Part Several by Professor Fink 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7060.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 11

Lesson 12: Endocrine System, Urinary System

Let's study the Endocrine System and Urinary System. Additional lesson topics: The Endocrine System; Endocrinology 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7061.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 12

Lesson 13: Male and Female Reproductive Systems

In-depth look of the Male and Female Reproductive Systems. Additional lesson topics: Learn About the Male and female Reproductive Systems; Welcome to the Reproductive System 195 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7062.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 13 - Mid-Term Course Review

Lesson 14: Examination and Instrumentation

This lesson will describe the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation; and identify and understand various instruments utilized in a physical examination as they relate to specific body parts. Additional lesson topics: Medical Terminology 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7063.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 14

Lesson 15: Final Exam

Final Exam 78 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define and recognize basic word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
  • Describe human body orientation.
  • Describe the human body in health and disease.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the cardiovascular system.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the digestive system.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the lymphatic system.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the musculoskeletal system.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the nervous system.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the respiratory system.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the skin and sense organs.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the endocrine system and urinary systems.
  • Recognize and define terms relating to the male and female reproductive systems.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

Online CEU Certificate
  • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
  • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
  • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
  • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
  • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
Document Your CEUs on Your Resume
Course Title: Medical Terminology 101
Course Number: 8900158
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (28,321 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: July 2021
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

Choose Your Subscription Plan

Course Only
One Course
No Certificate / No CEUs
for 6 months
Billed once
This course only
Includes certificate X
Includes CEUs X
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 6 months
No. of courses 1 course
Certificate Course
One Course
Certificate & CEUs
for 6 months
Billed once
This course only
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 6 months
No. of courses 1 course
Platinum Yearly
Best Value
Certificates & CEUs
per year
Billed once
Includes all 500+ courses
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 12 Months
No. of courses 500+
Platinum Monthly
Certificates & CEUs
$69 first month
$29.00 / each consecutive month thereafter
Billed monthly
Includes all 500+ courses
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete Monthly
No. of courses 500+

Student Testimonials

  • "I thought that this course was extremely helpful and I would definitely recommend it to someone who needs a refresher/ to master their medical terminology skills. I found it extremely helpful and full of lots of information that I will use going into my junior year of PA school." -- Madison S.
  • "I really enjoyed taking this course, extremely happy with the outcome. Because of this course I feel better prepared for the LVN program and will be able to reference for future upcoming classes like human anatomy and physiology, even micro. I'd like to thank the instructor for encouraging me throughout the lessons and keeping my grade updated promptly. Thank you." -- Iliana V.
  • "I loved the course and felt it did a great job covering everything needed and helping me implement that in real life! Thank you." -- Tawnya M.
  • "I thought this course was extremely helpful. Information was straight-forward and easy to understand. This made applying my newly learned knowledge to the assignments and exams a simple task after some studying." -- Jolie L.
  • "I love the format of this course and the varied assignments. The guides given towards the end are great study tools, and great reference materials I can use later. Thank you for making this course!" -- Kirstye R.
  • "This was a great course. Each lesson is very organized, informative and provides additional material to help the students. I have had a great experience! Thank you!" -- Nicole C.
  • "I really appreciated the variety of assignments to better understand the learning outcomes. I also really appreciated the fast feedback. Overall, this was very helpful." -- Elanie S.
  • "This class was incredibly helpful. The videos at the end of the lesson is a great way to summarize the lesson and is beneficial for auditory and visual learners." -- Cristian H.
  • "This class was a great way for me to fulfill my requirement for school while being able to work through and complete the material at my own pace." -- Landon M.
  • "My thoughts are that this course was great. I was able to work at my own speed and all the material was applicable to my career." -- Luke B.
View More Testimonials...