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Medical Terminology

When looking to break into the healthcare industry, one of the most difficult parts of the learning curve is understanding all of the language within the field. In this course, you will not only learn and understand the medical terms themselves, but also their application, making you a valuable asset to a healthcare team. You'll start by learning the origins of medical words and how to recognize prefixes and suffixes used in medical terminology. Then you'll learn about the body as a whole and how to differentiate cells, tissues, organs, systems, and cavities. Next, you'll learn to define and describe the function of each system of the human body. This knowledge will help you take the next step in your medical career or education.

What sets this course apart from other courses? We’ve partnered with the Stanford Research Institute to integrate new tech into your course. You’ll interact with voice analysis software that will help you practice the pronunciation of terms. What’s more, the software will provide you with a recording and confidence score, to let you know how close or far you are from saying the terms correctly.

6 Months / 60 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Luzerne County Community College

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Medical Terminology

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES112

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of medical terminology
  • Study the functions of various systems throughout the human body
  • Master correct pronunciation of medical terminology
  • Identify and understand common medical prefixes and suffixes
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 60 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Communicate effectively with patients and professionals in the medical field
  • Develop a foundation of knowledge about the human body that will enable you to be successful in your chosen medical career
  • Work with voice analysis software that lets you know when you’re pronouncing a term correctly or incorrectly, as to avoid future professional miscommunications
  • Deliver information involving medical terminology, either orally or in writing, with confidence


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Your Foundation in Medical Terminology

Learn the fundamentals of medical terminology. Apply your newly acquired language skills to learning the various systems and functions of the human body.

The Skeletal and Muscular Systems

Learn what makes up a skeleton and how bones and muscle work together. Additionally, discuss how to use various medical terms when discussing the body’s various systems.

The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

Master an understanding of the human heart and how it effects processes throughout the body. Understand the respiratory system and its functions.

The Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems

Understand the healthy processes of the digestive system and how items are flushed through the urinary tract. Learn the reproductive system’s functions and how to discuss various reproductive processes and issues.

Nervous and Integumentary Systems and Special Senses

Discuss the nervous system’s many workings and how the integumentary system protects the body from the elements.

The Lymphatic, Immune, and Endocrine Systems

Learn how the lymphatic, immune, and endocrine systems work collaboratively to create a healthy body. Discuss how these systems work to fight infection and hormonal imbalances.

  1. Your Foundation in Medical Terminology
    1. The Fundamentals of Medical Terminology
    2. Practicing What You've Learned - The Fundamentals of Medical Terminology
    3. Getting to Know the Human Body
    4. Practicing What You've Learned - Overview of the Human Body
    5. What Have You Learned?
  2. The Skeletal and Muscular Systems 
    1. What Makes Up a Skeleton?
    2. Practicing What You've Learned - What Makes Up a Skeleton?
    3. Flex Some Muscle
    4. Practicing What You've Learned - Flex Some Muscle
    5. What Have You Learned?
  3. The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems 
    1. Getting to the Heart of Things
    2. Practicing What You've Learned - Getting to the Heart of Things
    3. Take a Deep Breath
    4. Practicing What You've Learned - Take a Deep Breath
    5. What Have You Learned?
  4. The Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems 
    1. Going for the Gut
    2. Practicing What You've Learned - Going for the Gut
    3. When Nature Calls
    4. Practicing What You've Learned - When Nature Calls
    5. The Birds and the Bees
    6. Practicing What You've Learned - The Birds and the Bees
    7. What Have You Learned?
  5. Nervous and Integumentary Systems and Special Senses 
    1. You've Got Some Nerve
    2. Practicing What You've Learned - You've Got Some Nerve
    3. Now Hear (and See) This!
    4. Practicing What You've Learned - Now Hear (and See) This!
    5. Slip Me Some Skin
    6. Practicing What You've Learned - Slip Me Some Skin
    7. What Have You Learned?
  6. The Lymphatic, Immune, and Endocrine Systems 
    1. Protection Against Infection
    2. Practicing What You've Learned - Protection Against Infection
    3. Learning About Hormones
    4. Practicing What You've Learned - Learning About Hormones
    5. What Have You Learned
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Instructors & Support

Carline Dalgleish

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems, a master’s degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Sharon L. Blackford

Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.




There are no prerequisites to take this course other than basic computer skills. 


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player or a similar program.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions



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This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

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Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

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