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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 transcription, medical billing or coding, 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 medical 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.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Why are you taking a medical terminology course?1
Quiz 120
Quiz 220
Lesson 3 Assignment5
Quiz 317
Quiz 420
Lesson 5 Assignment5
Quiz 514
Quiz 610
Lesson 7 Assignment5
Quiz 78
Quiz 88
Lesson 9 Assignment5
Quiz 910
Quiz 1010
Lesson 11 Assignment5
Quiz 118
Quiz 1211
Quiz 13 - Mid-Term Course Review195
Quiz 1418
Final Exam78
Total Points:473

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