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Medical Terminology 101

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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 in less than 25 days.  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

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Learn and recognize word roots, prefixes, and suffixes used in medical language today. Learn how to combine words to create meaningful medical conditions as well as comprehend their definition and know the correct spelling. In this medical terminology course, we'll cover medical terms related to all major body systems, including: muscular system, skeletal system, respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, reproductive system, and urinary system. Whether are new to the medical profession, or you just need a refresher class, this medical terminology course is for you!

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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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. 101 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7050.pdf
  • Review Article: Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary
  • Review Video: Intro to Structure & Function of the Body
  • Complete Assignment: Why are you taking a medical terminology course?
  • Complete: 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. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7051.pdf
  • Review Article: howjsay-- Online Pronunciation Dictionary
  • Review Article: Online Medical Dictionary
  • Review Video: Medical Terminology Basics
  • Review Video: Medical Terms: Roots, prefixes, suffixes
  • Review Video: Medical Terminology I
  • Take Poll: Health Careers
  • Complete: 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. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7052.pdf
  • Review Article: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Review Video: The Human Body: An Orientation
  • Review Video: A&P I: Orientation
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: 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. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7053.pdf
  • Review Article: WebMD
  • Review Video: Mechanisms of Disease
  • Complete: Quiz 4

Lesson 5: The Cardiovascular System

The Cardiovascular System. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7054.pdf
  • Review Article: The Cardiovascular System
  • Review Video: Cardiovascular System In Under 10 Minutes
  • Review Video: Human Circulatory System
  • Review Video: Cardiovascular System 1, Heart, Structure and Function
  • Review Video: Heart Structure and Circulation
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz 5

Lesson 6: The Digestive System

The Digestive System. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7055.pdf
  • Review Article: The Digestive System
  • Review Article: Glossary
  • Review Video: The Digestive System [HD Animation]
  • Complete: Quiz 6

Lesson 7: The Lymphatic System

The Lymphatic System. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7056.pdf
  • Review Article: Symptom Checker
  • Review Video: The Lymphatic System, Part 1
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz 7

Lesson 8: The Musculoskeletal System

The Musculoskeletal System. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7057.pdf
  • Review Video: The Musculoskeletal System
  • Review Video: Biology Video: Learn about Human Skeleton
  • Complete: Quiz 8

Lesson 9: The Nervous System

The Nervous System. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7058.pdf
  • Review Video: The Nervous System
  • Review Video: Nervous System/Neural Tissue: Anatomy and Physiology Help
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: The Respiratory System

The Respiratory System. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7059.pdf
  • Review Article: The Respiratory System
  • Review Video: The Respiratory System
  • Review Video: Respiratory System - Overview
  • Review Video: Respiratory Anatomy
  • Complete: Quiz 10

Lesson 11: The Skin and Sense Organs

The Skin and Sense Organs. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7060.pdf
  • Review Article: Human Sense Organs
  • Review Video: What is skin? The layers of human skin
  • Review Video: Anatomy and Physiology Help: Chapter 5 Integumentary System
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Quiz 11

Lesson 12: Endocrine System, Urinary System

Let's study the Endocrine System and Urinary System. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7061.pdf
  • Review Article: MedlinePlus: Endocrine System
  • Review Video: The Endocrine System
  • Review Video: Endocrinology - Overview
  • Complete: Quiz 12

Lesson 13: Male and Female Reproductive Systems

In-depth look of the Male and Female Reproductive Systems. 195 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7062.pdf
  • Review Video: Learn About the Male and female Reproductive Systems
  • Review Video: Welcome to the Reproductive System
  • Complete: 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. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-wordsearch-activity-7063.pdf
  • Complete: Quiz 14

Lesson 15: Final Exam

Final Exam 84 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Medical Terminology 101
Course Number: 8900158
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: College Level
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
Instructor: Cheryl Reinerio, RN, BC, MSN
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "Everything was layed out just right. It was all understandable and clear." -- Cassandra J.
  • "What was most helpful was the second lesson about the word roots. This helped me tremendously with translating medical words in my job everyday." -- Brandy G.
  • "It was very refreshing to do this online course owing to the fact I have not been to school in a long while. It was acutally a motivation for me." -- Audrey F.
  • "This class was a positive experience." -- Christyl C.
  • "I liked how the lessons were broken into different parts like definitions, pathology, etc. I also liked the video for added learning and you could hear the correct way to pronounce a term....The course instructor was very knowledgeable and did a good job grading assignments quickly. I also really liked the fact that if you answered a question incorrectly on a test that it showed your incorrect answer and also showed the correct answer. This was a good class and a good learning experience." -- Debbie R.
  • "What was most helpful wasthe format. Useful examples, diseases and pathologies related to the subject matter, and practical hospital/patient uses....I enjoyed it overall." -- Gerise R.
  • "The organization of the class was great. It was very easy to study and read." -- Jennifer F.
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