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Welcome to the first lesson of medical terminology! You'll begin the course by exploring root terms, which represent the main meaning of a combined medical term. A combined medical term consists of a root, a prefix, and/or a suffix. As you progress through each lesson of this course, you'll see that it proceeds by "body system," and the first lesson will go over root terms that are associated with the musculoskeletal system. Naturally, it will talk a lot about the muscles, bones, joints, and tendons of the body.
In this lesson, you'll learn a variety of terminology relating to the integumentary and digestive systems. The integumentary system includes the skin, connective tissues, and some loosely associated structures such as nails and teeth. When it discusses the digestive system, you'll learn medical terminology relating to the digestive tract from the mouth, to the pharynx, to the esophagus, and so on, all the way out to the exterior of the body.
This lesson will go over terminology related to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The cardiovascular system includes the heart, arteries, veins, and blood, while the respiratory system includes the lungs and assorted chest structures.
This lesson will focus on the urinary and reproductive systems. When you go over the urinary system, you'll learn terminology related to the kidneys, bladder, urine, and even some chemistry terms. When you go over the reproductive system, you'll learn root terms that refer to both male and female anatomical structures.
This lesson will finish up the discussion about root terms. You'll learn root terms that are associated with the neurosensory system, including nerves, the eyes, ears, brain, and spinal cord. You'll then begin doing something a little different—at the end of the lesson, you'll do a little review session to help you remember all of the root terms that you've learned up to this point.
In this lesson, you'll learn about prefixes and suffixes that are common in medicine and start with the letters A through H. Starting here, you won't be going through the word associations that you did in previous lessons. By now, you'll find that you can recognize many of these terms as they're used in normal, everyday language.
In this lesson, you'll continue to progress through the prefixes and suffixes commonly used in medical terminology. Your objective here will be to identify the common medical prefixes and suffixes that begin with the letters I through O.
In this lesson, you'll complete your tour through the alphabetical listings of the most common prefixes and suffixes used in medical terminology by focusing on prefixes and suffixes that begin with the letters P through Z. You'll find that there are many more terms that medical professionals use less often, and you'll even discover that sometimes a root that you already know is used as a prefix or suffix.
In previous lessons, you learned about common prefixes and suffixes. In this lesson, you'll study specific prefixes and suffixes that pertain to color. Color is used quite a bit in the medical field because it helps everyone to describe various signs and symptoms. In this lesson, you'll also go over medical abbreviations that are specific to the various occupations and titles of the medical industry. Your assignment in this lesson will change a little as your research becomes a bit more challenging.
The medical community uses an abundance of abbreviations. Some medical facilities don't allow them, but you should still learn the meanings of the most common abbreviations so you'll know them when you see them. For this lesson, you'll study the abbreviations that start with the letters A through R. Your assignment for this lesson will be a bit different—you're going to find words in a medical note that you can replace with the abbreviations that you learned in the lesson.
In this lesson, you'll finish your study of medical abbreviations as you explore the abbreviations that begin with letters S through Z. You'll also go over specific abbreviations that refer to hospital areas, laboratory tests, chemistries, and medical symbols. In this assignment, it's up to you to find the abbreviations that correctly relate to each sentence in a medical note.
Here in the final lesson, it's time to put everything you've learned together. You'll look at your roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and 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. You'll find that your assignment for this lesson provides you the opportunity to decipher a complete medical note.
Douglas Best is a trainer for Humana Military. He began working as a field medical instructor in the US Army in 1980. He has worked as a nurse in such areas as pediatrics, the emergency room, and the adult cardiac, surgical, newborn, and medical intensive care units. He is also a curriculum specialist and has developed workforce training programs including Medical Specialty Training for Displaced Workers, Certified Nursing Assistant in Spanish, and Medical Transcription for the University of Texas at Brownsville.
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: You can start this 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 have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted 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 three-month access.
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: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
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.
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!"