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

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.

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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. 21 Total Points
    • Lesson 1 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7050.pdf
    • Review Video: Intro to Structure and Function of the Body
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • 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. 20 Total Points
    • Lesson 2 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7051.pdf
    • Review 3 Videos: Medical Terminology Basics; Medical Terms: Roots, prefixes, suffixes; 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. 22 Total Points
    • Lesson 3 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7052.pdf
    • Review 2 Videos: The Human Body: An Orientation; A and 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. 20 Total Points
    • Lesson 4 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7053.pdf
    • Review Video: Mechanisms of Disease
    • Complete: Quiz 4

    Lesson 5: The Cardiovascular System

    The Cardiovascular System. 19 Total Points
    • Lesson 5 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7054.pdf
    • Review 3 Videos: Human Circulatory System; Cardiovascular System 1, Heart, Structure and Function; 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
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7055.pdf
    • Review 2 Articles: The Digestive System; Glossary
    • Complete: Quiz 6

    Lesson 7: The Lymphatic System

    The Lymphatic System. 13 Total Points
    • Lesson 7 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7056.pdf
    • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
    • Complete: Quiz 7

    Lesson 8: The Musculoskeletal System

    The Musculoskeletal System. 8 Total Points
    • Lesson 8 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7057.pdf
    • 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
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7058.pdf
    • Review 2 Videos: The Nervous System; 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
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7059.pdf
    • Review 2 Videos: Respiratory System - Overview; Respiratory Anatomy
    • Complete: Quiz 10

    Lesson 11: The Skin and Sense Organs

    The Skin and Sense Organs. 13 Total Points
    • Lesson 11 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7060.pdf
    • Review Video: What is skin? The layers of human skin
    • 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
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7061.pdf
    • Review 2 Videos: The Endocrine System; 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
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7062.pdf
    • Review 2 Videos: Learn About the Male and female Reproductive Systems; 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. 18 Total Points
    • Lesson 14 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7063.pdf
    • Review Article: Medical Terminology
    • Complete: Quiz 14

    Lesson 15: Final Exam

    Final Exam 78 Total Points
    • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Take Survey: Course Comments
    • Complete: 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, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Medical Terminology 101
    Course Number: 8900158
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    Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (25,529 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: College Level (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
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