This Medical Terminology course offers a clear and concise introduction to medical terminology with extensive opportunities for student practice. It reviews word components and basic principles for interpreting terms within each of the major medical specialties. The course does not require any previous knowledge of science or biology. The skills students obtain through this course will benefit them in any healthcare field they choose to pursue.

Directional Arrows Course Objectives

This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Skills for identifying, spelling, and analyzing medical terms
  • Word structure including root words, prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes
  • Review of major medical specialties and associated body systems
  • Introductory, anatomy and physiology and common pathologies
  • Major drug classifications, diagnostic tests, and treatment procedures
  • Medical abbreviations and symbols

outline Detailed Course Topics Covered

  • Basic skills for building and analyzing medical terms
  • The use of word roots, combining forms, suffixes, and ?prefixes
  • Anatomical terminology
  • Introduction to the major medical specialties
  • Anatomy and physiology of body systems
  • Medical terms aligned to the organs and tissues of the ?body and their function in health and disease
  • Pronunciation of terms
  • Spelling of terms
  • Practice analyzing, pronouncing, and spelling terms ?related to anatomy and physiology
  • Practice analyzing, pronouncing, and spelling medical ?terms containing diagnostic and procedural suffixes
  • Practice deciphering medical terminology as written in ?case reports
  • Major classes of drugs and associated medical terms
  • Diagnostic tests and procedures organized by body ?system
  • Medical abbreviations and symbols

Puzzle Pieces What You Can Expect

  • 24 hour a day instructor support & course mentors
  • engaging labs, student exercises and course videos
  • all textbooks, workbooks and student materials
  • a new “Secure Student Website” – including career resources & other training

To ensure that all students have the resources they need to succeed, students will have access to a secure “Student Portal” website which includes:

  • Career building exercises, resume writing tips, interview techniques, etc..
  • Career mentors - there to help students take the next step in their career!
  • Other skills training including lifelong learning skills, healthcare review, etc.

Who Should Attend:

A great course for medical office professionals to obtain the skills needed for a medical terminology position or to advance their current healthcare career.


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