Great intro to medical terminology and abbreviations; very useful to someone interested in getting into healthcare field."
I am new to medical terminology, and really enjoyed this course. I was not sure how much I was retaining until the final exam. It is amazing how this all sunk in."
I'm in the medical profession and taking the class has helped me to understand what the doctors and nurses are writing in the charts. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking of taking this course. Taking it on-line has helped me a lot because of my work schedule. I was able to print it up and take it with me to work so I can study during my breaks. Thanks for being the best teacher."
I really enjoyed the course. I found it most informative, interesting, and entertaining! Reading signs, wall charts, labels, and such at the hospital has been a practical review. Thanks so much for offering this course online."
I really enjoyed this class. The instructor made learning the terms fun and enjoyable. I would recommend this course to others. Thanks again!"
I truly enjoyed the course. I have no experience in the medical field, but found it was so easy and it just made sense. Thank you."
Many, many thanks for helping to make a smooth beginning for a career change in the medical field that will enable me to be at home with my family!"
The course has been so useful. You were correct, I'll never be able to watch those hospital shows in the same manner ever again."
The course was easy to comprehend, and it covered material that could help me in my job search."
This course was a lot of fun. It was also very helpful and I will reference back to the class when working in the medical field. Thanks for all your help!"
Course Code: met
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course. No medical background is necessary.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: Start your course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You can start your course at anytime, review all lessons in any order, and learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the 3 month access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your 3 month duration of access ends.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: No extensions will be granted since all lessons are accessible at the start of your enrollment, for the full 3 months of access.
Medical terminology is the special language used to describe the human body. This includes the body’s processes, systems, components, conditions affecting it, and the procedures that are performed on it. It is a special language found throughout healthcare professions that allows workers to communicate more quickly and effectively with one another.
Understanding medical terminology is extremely important if you work in or aspire to work in healthcare. Everything you do in healthcare positions will be based on it as it’s used to describe not only diagnoses and procedures but also symptoms and medical equipment. Knowing medical terminology will help you communicate with other healthcare workers to ensure that patients get proper care and will set you apart as a dedicated professional in the industry.
Medical terms are often created using various prefixes and suffixes in Latin and Ancient Greek. The meaning of these words are frequently derived from the language of origin. These prefixes and suffixes are combined with a root term to create meaning.
The root in medical terminology often refers to the organ, tissue, or condition that is being referenced. Once you understand the way medical terminology is put together and memorize some of the roots as well as suffixes and prefixes, it becomes easy to understand various terms and how they are assembled.
Doctors, nurses, medical technicians and others who perform procedures are not the only people who need to understand medical terminology. Almost any type of healthcare job can benefit from an understanding of medical terminology. Even if you’re working at an entry-level, it will help you to develop a basic knowledge of medical terminology in the following careers as well:
In addition to those in healthcare, there are also several non-healthcare careers that would benefit from a knowledge of medical transcription. Lawyers, paralegals, court reporters, legal secretaries and other legal professionals who handle cases that involve medical related issues should understand the terminology involved. Therapists and counselors should also consider a course in medical terminology as it can help them when interacting with and discussing patients.
Word association is the natural production of additional words in response to a given word. This is often made into a game to prompt memory and is a very effective learning technique especially when learning a new language.