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Comprehensive Medical Terminology

Health Care and Allied Health occupations are among the nation's fastest growing job markets. So if you're planning on pursing a career in medical coding, medical billing, medical, health administration, physician's secretary or support staff, need a review or extra tutoring for anatomy classes, want a jump start before starting college or just interested in learning the latest in medical language, enroll and start today!

This course will help you spell, pronounce and define medical terms. The majority of medical terms are made up of interchangeable word parts that are used over and over again in different combinations. You will discover connections and relationships among word roots, prefixes and suffixes. Soon you will be able to define a medical term simply by recognizing its individual parts.
With our online terminology course, you can study on your own time without the hassle of commuting and matching a pre-determined schedule.  Our course is a perfect fit for today's fast-paced and busy lifestyles.  Learn at home, in your spare time, and at your own pace.

Course Requirements

This course does not require any previous medical background. 

This course contains easy to read lessons which can be completed in one to two weeks if necessary but you have 6 months

Course Goals

-Name the body systems and identify their basic components and functions.
-Recognize basic medical terms. Define vital signs.
-Distinguish between signs and symptoms of disease.
-Determine the specialty of care by identifying the meaning of the word root.
-Analyze and be familiar with terms related to tissues and organs.
-Define word root, prefix, and suffix and know how and where to use them.
-Learn and understand medical terms by breaking them down into their component parts and learning the meaning of the parts.
-Learn to construct medical terms from component parts.
-Pronounce, spell, and define commonly used prefixes and suffixes.
-Define anatomy and physiology
-Recognize anatomic position and identify bodily directions.
-Recognize and define terms related to the abdominal cavity and peritoneum.
-Become familiar with planes of the body
-Recognize divisions and regions of the abdomen, thorax and peritoneum.
-Describe a location on the body based on descriptive orientation terms.
-Define cytology, histology, and pathology
-Recognize the terms related to the structure, function, procedure and pathology of cells, tissues, and glands
-Recognize and define terms related to types of disease, pathology of tissue formation, and modes of disease transmission
-Describe the presence of disease relative to the pattern of its outbreak.
-Recognize different medial specialties and medical specialists.
-Identify major organ structures by recognizing the combining form.
-Define common pathological conditions of each body system.
-Recognize basic diagnostic tests for each system.
-Describe commonly used treatment modalities for each body system.
-Describe the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation.
-Identify and understand various instruments utilized in a physical examination as they relate to specific body parts.

Course Materials

All course material is made available within this online course, there is nothing to purchase.

Grading Policy

There are quizzes following each of the lessons and a Final Exam (given online).  You will receive a percentage grade.

Course Outline

  1. Lesson 1: Medical Basics
  2. Lesson 2: Basic Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
  3. Lesson 3: Human Body Orientation
  4. Lesson 4: The Human Body in Health and Disease
  5. Lesson 5: The Cardiovascular System
  6. Lesson 6: The Digestive System
  7. Lesson 7: The Lymphatic System
  8. Lesson 8: The Musculoskeletal System
  9. Lesson 9: The Nervous System
  10. Lesson 10: The Respiratory System
  11. Lesson 11: The Skin and Sense Organs
  12. Lesson 12: Endocrine System, Urinary System, Reproductive System
  13. Lesson 13: Examination and Instrumentation

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.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the cardiovascular system.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the digestive system.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the lymphatic system.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the musculoskeletal system.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the nervous system.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the respiratory system.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the skin and sense organs.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the male and female reproductive systems.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the endocrine system and urinary systems.
  • Identify and define terms relating to the the genitourinary system.
  • Identify and define common terms used in examinations, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Medical Terminology Introduction1
Lesson 1 Quiz: Medical Basics100
Lesson 2 Quiz: Basic Word Roots100
On-line Research10
Lesson 3 Exam: Human Body Orientation80
Lesson 4 Quiz: The Human Body in Health and Disease100
On-line Research10
Lesson 5 Quiz: The Cardiovascular System10
On-line Research10
Lesson 6 Quiz: Cardiovascular System Continued20
Lesson 7 Quiz: The Digestive System11
Gastroenterology Procedures20
Lesson 8: Digestive System Continued37
Plural Formation10
Lesson 9 Quiz: The Lymphatic System9
Lesson 10 Quiz: The Musculoskeletal System10
Fracture Types15
Lesson 11 Quiz: Musculoskeletal System Continued20
Lesson 12 Quiz: Nervous System10
Deciphering a Procedure Report20
Lesson 13 Quiz: The Nervous System Continued19
Lesson 14 Quiz: The Respiratory System10
Respiratory Procedures10
Lesson 15 Quiz: Respiratory System27
Lesson 16 Quiz: Skin and Sense Organs8
Skin Surgery20
Lesson 17 Quiz: Integumentary System29
Decipher Radiologist Report20
Lesson 18 Exam: Midterm Review195
Lesson 19 Quiz: Endocrine and Urinary Systems11
Lesson 20 Quiz: The Genitourinary Systems15
Lesson 21 Quiz: Examination and Instrumentation80
The Final Exam Part 171
The Final Exam Part 248
Total Points:1166

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