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.

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Course Description

Medical Terminology: The Language of Healthcare

In the intricate world of healthcare, the precision of language is paramount. It's not just about understanding the language; it's about being fluent in it. According to the Joint Commission, communication errors were the leading cause of medical errors, which could have been prevented. As the healthcare environment evolves, so does its lexicon. Whether you're a budding medical professional or an established one, mastering the medical terminology is crucial.

About the Course

Our course is meticulously designed to serve as the bridge between the common man and medical professionals, ensuring clarity, precision, and confidence in medical communication. In a world where a slight miscommunication can lead to significant consequences, this course equips you with the linguistic tools to excel in any health and science career.

Engage with an enriching mix of rich text, illustrative pictures, comprehensive diagrams, HD video lectures, and interactive assignments and exams. This blended learning experience ensures that not only do you absorb the information but can also apply it in real-world situations.

Course Highlights:

  1. Foundational Insight: Kick start with the basics of medical language, understanding the prefixes, suffixes, and word roots that form the bedrock of medical terms.

  2. Body Systems: Dive deep into the intricacies of various body systems. For instance, when studying the cardiovascular system, understand terms like 'cardiomyopathy' not just as a word, but what it means - 'cardio-' (heart), '-myo-' (muscle), '-pathy' (disease).

  3. Disease Dynamics: Unpack the nuances between health, wellness, and disease terminologies, ensuring clarity in documentation and communication.

  4. Medical Instruments: A unique aspect of this course is understanding the tools of the trade. Know the difference between a stethoscope and an otoscope, ensuring you're always a step ahead in clinical situations.

Who Should Enroll?

  1. Aspiring Medical Professionals: If you're charting a path in medical transcription, billing, coding, or any medical support role, this course is your starting point.

  2. Existing Medical Personnel: For doctors, nurses, dentists, and others who wish to refine their medical language precision.

  3. Students: Preparing for anatomy, physiology classes, or looking for a head start before medical college? We've got you covered.

  4. Medical Enthusiasts: If you have an insatiable curiosity about medical language, this course is your gateway.

What Sets This Course Apart?

We believe in the mantra of 'learning at your own pace.' Our user-friendly format ensures you get a solid foundation in medical language without the pressures of traditional classroom settings. With a blend of well-crafted written content, illustrative media, and interactive elements, you're not just reading or watching – you're engaging, understanding, and mastering.

Course Breakdown:

  1. Building Blocks: Lessons 1-2 lay the foundation, from medical basics to understanding word roots.

  2. Body Systems Deep Dive: Lessons 3-12 delve into the different body systems, ensuring you're well-versed with terms from cardiovascular to reproductive systems.

  3. Advanced Modules: Lessons 13-14 cover the detailed examination, instrumentation, and more to give you an edge in practical situations.

  4. Assessment: Lesson 15, the final exam, is where you showcase your medical terminology prowess.

Your Journey Starts Here

Embark on a transformative journey through the annals of medical language. Dive deep into the terminologies that form the backbone of healthcare communication. With our course, you're not just learning; you're preparing to make a difference in the world of healthcare. Enroll today and take the first step towards mastering the language of medicine.

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in pursuing a career in the health and medical field will greatly benefit from taking this course. If you have not already taken a medical terminology course in the last few years, this course serves both as an introduction to new recruits and as a refresher for established medical professionals.

Is medical terminology just about memorizing a bunch of words?

While memorization is important for some word components, medical terminology is more about learning the word roots, prefixes, and suffixes so that you know what a word means through its combination of word parts. This course will help you decipher the meaning behind seemingly impossible to learn (or remember) words by analyzing the word parts (just like a jigsaw puzzle). It may sound strange, but learning medical terminology is actually fun!

Should I take this course before enrolling in a PA or LVN program?

It is strongly recommended that you have a good foundation of medical terminology before starting any medical, physician assistant or nursing programs, and this course will help you achieve mastery of medical terms particularly if you have no previous medical terminology experience.

Why should I choose this medical terminology course?

This course is uniquely designed to be as easy and simple to use as possible while still providing all the information you need to decipher the necessary, need-to-know medical terms you will commonly see in any medical office environment. With clear and concise instructions, diagrams, pictures, printable lessons, high quality videos, and engaging assignments and lesson exams, you'll be well versed in medical terminology by the time you complete this course. An instructor is also available to provide feedback and help you with any questions you may have about the material. If you enroll in the CEU Certificate version of the course, you will receive an online/downloadable certificate of course completion documenting your accredited CEUs and contact hours at successful completion.

Can you really learn medical terminology online? Wouldn't it be better to take an in-person course?

Not only can you learn medical terminology online, in most cases it's probably the preferred method of leaning medical terms. Because this course is online, you'll have instant access to review notes, printable lessons and exercises, online activities, and lesson videos you can pause, rewind, and repeat as needed. Due to its self-paced nature, you decide when you learn that is not only most convenient for your schedule, but also the time that you'll be able to focus distraction-free, whether that is in the morning or late at night.

What kind of certificate does this course offer?

If you choose the CEU Certificate version of the course, you'll receive an accredited CEU Certificate of Course Completion at successful course completion. To successfully complete this course, you'll need to score a 70% or higher overall/final grade. This grade includes the assessment of all lesson assignments, lesson exams, and final exam. The certificate will state the course title, CEUs earned, contact hours, and course completion date which you can place in the "Professional Development" or "Continuing Education" area of your resume.

What is the difference between this course and Comprehensive Medical Terminology?

This course is great if you are new and unfamiliar with medical terms or you need a refresher course. If you already have experience with medical terminology or you have completed this course, you may want to move to our more advanced medical terminology course Medical Terminology 201. We also offer a combination medical terminology course called Comprehensive Medical Terminology 1 & 2 which covers this course and Medical Terminology 2.

Course Motivation

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.

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Course Lessons

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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. Additional lesson topics: Medical Terminology: A Short Lecture; Medical Terminology Basics; Intro to Structure and Function of the Body 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 Flash Cards; Medical Terminology I; Medical Terms: Roots, prefixes, suffixes; Medical Terminology Basics 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: Heart Structure and Circulation; Cardiovascular System 1, Heart, Structure and Function; Human Circulatory System 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: 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: Nervous System/Neural Tissue: Anatomy and Physiology Help; The Nervous System 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: The Respiratory System

The Respiratory System. Additional lesson topics: The Respiratory System; Respiratory Anatomy; Respiratory System 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: ANATOMY; THE INTEGUMENT; Part Several by Professor Fink; Anatomy and Physiology Help: Chapter Several Integumentary System; What is skin? The layers of human skin 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: Endocrinology; The Endocrine System 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: Welcome to the Reproductive System; Learn About the Male and female Reproductive Systems 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; Medical Instruments Demonstration 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
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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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Medical Terminology 101
Course Number: 8900158
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (33,102 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: July 2023
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

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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.
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