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Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

This course teaches medical terminology from an anatomical approach where root terms are divided by each body system. The origin, a combined form, and an example of non-medical everyday usage is provided for each root term.

Word Associations are provided as a learning tool. Unusual and interesting information is provided in regards to each term. Root terms are combined with prefixes and suffixes as your learning will culminate in the interpretation of several paragraphs of medical notes. If you’ve ever had trouble memorizing medical terms, this course (and approach) is for you!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting July 18, 2018

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Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

Learning Method

Instructor-led Confirm your Start Date in Cart

Self-Paced Selection of this learning method allows you to take this course on your own pace, explore the content in any order, and 3 months to complete it. No instructor. Study on your own schedule


Details + Objectives

Course Code: met

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the medical terminology from an anatomical approach with root terms divided by body system
  • Discover the origin of medical terms and examples of non-medical everyday usage
  • Use word associations as a learning tool for medical terminology
How the course is taught
  • Instructor led or self paced online course
  • 6 -12 weeks to complete
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Set yourself up to enter a career in healthcare with an understanding and ability to interpret complex medical terms
  • Learn a method that will help you easily recall and interpret medical terminology when you need it most
  • Increase your medical industry communication skills
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Lesson 1

Begin the course by exploring root terms, which represent the main meaning of a combined medical term. You’ll proceed throughout the course by “body system” beginning with the musculoskeletal system which includes muscles, bones, joints, and tendons. Then, you’ll move on to the integumentary and digestive systems

Lesson 2

Learn medical terminology related to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems including the heart, arteries, veins, blood, lungs and assorted chest structures. Then, move on to the urinary and reproductive systems where you’ll learn terminology for both male and female anatomical structures as well as the kidneys, bladder, urine, and even some chemistry terms.

Lesson 3

Complete the discussion of root terms with the neurosensory system including nerves, the eyes, ears, brain, and spinal cord. Then, participate in a review session to help you remember all the root terms that you’ve learned so far. You’ll also begin learning about prefixes and suffixes that are common in medicine starting with letters A through H.

Lesson 4

Continue to progress through the prefixes and suffixes commonly used in medical terminology by identifying the common medical prefixes and suffixes that begin with the letters I through Z.

Lesson 5

Study specific prefixes and suffixes that pertain to color which is used quite a bit in the medical field because it helps everyone to describe various signs and symptoms. You’ll also go over medical abbreviations that are specific to the various occupations and titles of the medical industry. Then, move on to the most common medical abbreviations beginning with the letters A through R.

Lesson 6

Complete your study of medical abbreviations beginning with letters S through Z and go over specific abbreviations that refer to hospital areas, laboratory tests, chemistries, and medical symbols. Finally, you’ll put everything together by looking at roots, prefixes, and suffixes, to see how they create combined medical terms from body system to body system. You'll also learn some directional terms that are commonly used in medicine.

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Instructors & Support
Douglas Best

Douglas Best first began working as a field medical instructor in the US Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1980. He has worked as a nurse in such medical specialty areas as Pediatrics, Newborn Intensive Care, Home Health, adult cardiac, surgical and medical intensive care units, the emergency room, heart catheterization, burn intensive care and the morgue. He has been a CPR instructor, EMT, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Neonatal Advanced Life Support certified. He is also a curriculum specialist and has developed such workforce training programs as Medical Specialty Training for displaced workers, Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant in Spanish, and Medical Transcription for the University of Texas at Brownsville. He has also overseen research projects in the development of nurses from Mexico and Sri Lanka. He currently is a trainer working with Humana Military.

Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course. No medical background is necessary.


Hardware Requirements: 

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

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.