Welcome to the short course on Medical Terminology. Medical terminology is a language that is used in healthcare settings. Medical terms are built from Greek and Latin word parts and include , and modern-day language terms.

Learning a new language can be a daunting task. This course offers methods for breaking down medical words and making them more manageable. To be successful, you will need to be committed to memorizing the word parts, learning the rules, and identifying the rebels. Once you meet that commitment you’ll be able to apply the rules to the word parts you have memorized.

As you memorize the language components of medical terminology it is important to support that learning with the context of anatomy and physiology. Consider where in the body the medical term is referencing and then how it works within the body. This will build a medical terminology foundation that you can continue to grow in your future healthcare courses.

Who is this course for?

  • Healthcare professionals and students
  • Anyone thinking about a career in medical administration
  • Anyone with an interest in discovering more about medical language, its etymology and meanings

What’s in the course?

  • Analysis of root words, prefixes and suffixes
  • Terms for parts of the body and body systems
  • Terms for conditions, treatments and procedures
  • Pronunciation guide
  • Translating medical terms into everyday language
  • Using medical terms in practice

This course – based on the book ‘Medical Terminology For Healthcare Professionals’ – comes with the courtesy of University of West Florida and is produced here under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License for the benefit of healthcare professionals.

Disclaimer : The content in this course is educational in nature and intended solely as general health information. It is not a recommendation for treatment or medical advice. It is not a substitute for advice from a health care provider. If you  as a patient are experiencing a medical emergency, contact your health care provider or an emergency room. 

Course Curriculum

Course Content
Word Parts and Rules FREE 01:30:00
Prefixes and Suffixes 01:30:00
Body Terminology 00:00:00
Sensory Systems 00:00:00
Integumentary System 00:00:00
Skeletal System 00:00:00
Muscular System 01:30:00
Nervous System 01:30:00
Cardiovascular System 01:30:00
Blood Vessels and Blood FREE 01:30:00
Lymphatic and Immune Systems 01:30:00
Respiratory System 01:30:00
Digestive System 01:30:00
Endocrine System 01:30:00
Urinary System 01:30:00
Male Reproductive System 01:30:00
Female Reproductive System 00:00:00
Obstetrics 00:00:00
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