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

Today's job market is rapidly evolving, with healthcare and allied health occupations at the forefront of this change. These fields are not just growing; they are surging, with predictions indicating continued expansion for at least the next five years. Those entering the healthcare sector now are strategically positioning themselves for substantial long-term benefits.

Key to thriving in healthcare is a firm grasp of medical terminology. But fear not—you don't need a medical degree for this. With just a basic high school education, you can successfully navigate and excel in this area.

Medical terms might seem daunting at first, but they are mostly made of interchangeable parts—roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Once you learn these components, you'll be able to decipher unfamiliar terms with ease. More than that, this knowledge will be a crucial asset in your job applications.

Now is the perfect time to embark on a new journey in the medical field. Let go of any intimidation you feel towards medical jargon. This course is designed to demystify these terms, guiding you step by step towards fluency.

Our course is self-paced, accommodating your schedule and learning style. It requires no prior medical knowledge and is structured in easy-to-follow lessons, each potentially completable in just one to two weeks. You will progress from being a novice to comfortably understanding, articulating, and knowing the meanings of medical terms. This course is invaluable for anyone aiming to join the medical community, be it as a professional or a volunteer. It's also a great resource for personal knowledge, aiding in understanding medical discussions, from routine check-ups to complex disease-related conversations.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand various body systems, their components, and functions.
  • Recognize and interpret basic medical terms.
  • Differentiate between strong and weak vital signs.
  • Distinguish signs and symptoms of diseases.
  • Identify the care needed based on word roots.

You'll delve into medical terms by exploring their parts and learn to construct terms from these components. Additionally, you will master pronunciation, spelling, and the meanings of common prefixes and suffixes, paced for optimal learning.

Your expanding knowledge will include:

  • Recognizing anatomical positions and bodily directions.
  • Understanding terms related to the abdominal cavity and peritoneum.
  • Familiarity with body planes.
  • Identifying regions of the abdomen, thorax, and peritoneum.
  • Describing body locations using orientation terms.

If medical terminology has ever felt like an insurmountable barrier, this course is your key to overcoming it. We've carefully crafted the content to simplify and clarify medical terms, enabling quick and effective learning.

Moreover, entering the medical field is not just a career move; it's a financially sound decision. The sector consistently offers higher annual incomes compared to many other professions. Medical Terminology 101 is more than just a course; it's a stepping stone to a rewarding career in the medical field, suitable even for those starting in entry-level positions.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Foundations in Medical Knowledge

Dive into the essentials of medical science, beginning with the core body systems. Delve into medical terminology, distinguish between symptoms and diseases, and explore the root words in medical terms to unveil the nuances of various specialties. Additional lesson topics: Medical Terminology Basics; Medical Terminology: A Short Lecture; 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: Decoding Medical Language - Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Unravel the complexities of medical language. Master the art of decoding medical terms by understanding their roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and learn to construct and interpret complex medical terminology. Additional lesson topics: Medical Terms: Roots, prefixes, suffixes; Medical Terminology Basics; Medical Terminology Flash Cards; 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: Introduction to Human Body Orientation and Anatomy

Get acquainted with the basics of anatomy and physiology. Learn to recognize the anatomic position, understand body planes, and accurately locate body parts using orientation terms. 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: Exploring the Human Body in Health and Illness

Examine the intricacies of human biology in both health and disease. Understand cellular pathology, types of diseases, and their transmission, and familiarize yourself with various medical specialties and their roles. 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: Comprehensive Study of the Cardiovascular System

Delve deep into the workings of the heart and blood vessels. Understand the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, including heart anatomy and the dynamics of blood circulation. 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: In-Depth Look at the Digestive System

Explore the journey of food through the body. Learn about the digestive system's structure, function, and its critical role in nutrition and health. 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 and Immune Response

Uncover the vital role of the lymphatic system. Understand its connection to the immune system and its importance in maintaining health and fighting diseases. 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: Musculoskeletal System - Structure and Function

Study the framework of the body. Learn about the bones, muscles, and joints that support, protect, and enable movement. 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: Navigating the Complexities of the Nervous System

Discover the control center of the body. Delve into the nervous system, understanding its parts, functions, and how it interacts with other body systems. Additional lesson topics: The Nervous System; Nervous System/Neural Tissue: Anatomy and Physiology Help 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: Respiratory System - The Breath of Life

Breathe into the study of the respiratory system. Learn about the structures involved in breathing and gas exchange, and their crucial role in maintaining life. Additional lesson topics: Respiratory Anatomy; The Respiratory System; Respiratory System; Respiratory System Videos 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7059.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 10

Lesson 11: The Skin and Sense Organs - Windows to the World

Explore the body's interface with the environment. Understand the skin's protective role and delve into the fascinating world of the sensory organs. Additional lesson topics: The Layers of Human Skin; Integumentary System Supplementary Video; Anatomy and Physiology Help: Integumentary System 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7060.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 11

Lesson 12: Endocrine and Urinary Systems - Regulation and Excretion

Study the systems that regulate bodily functions. Explore the endocrine system's hormonal control and the urinary system's role in waste elimination and homeostasis. Additional lesson topics: Endocrinology; Endocrine System; The Endocrine System 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7061.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 12

Lesson 13: Reproductive Systems - The Continuity of Life

Examine the male and female reproductive systems. Understand their structures, functions, and their vital roles in human reproduction and health. Additional lesson topics: Welcome to the Reproductive System; The Female 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: Clinical Examination Techniques and Instrumentation

Learn the art and science of physical examination. Understand various examination techniques such as inspection, palpation, and more, and get familiar with the medical instruments used in these processes. Additional lesson topics: Medical Instruments Demonstration; Medical Terminology 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7063.pdf
  • Assessment: Quiz 14

Lesson 15: Culminating Mastery - Final Exam Preparation

Review and consolidate your medical knowledge in preparation for the final exam. Reflect on the comprehensive course content and assess your understanding and readiness. 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.

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Course Title: Medical Terminology 101
Course Number: 8900158
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (33,640 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, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: March 2024
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: $120.00 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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