Medical Terminology

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Medical Terminology

This course is 100% online | Start anytime!

This course is 100% online | Start anytime!


Learn Medical Terminology Online


Online Training for Medical Terminology

Medical terminology is the foundation of all medicine and all healthcare-related careers. It is the basis of medical communication. In this 100% online course you will learn to speak and use the language of medicine. Your enhanced understanding of the human body and how it is described will establish the baseline for your career in healthcare.


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Job Outlook for Medical Terminology

  • Medical terminology forms the basis for healthcare careers, in which the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a 15% increase in demand between now and 2029. The BLS expects the healthcare sector to generate more jobs than any other industry during that time frame.
  • The average annual income for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) $68,190, according to the BLS. Professionals in healthcare support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) earn $28,470 on average.


Medical Terminology FAQs


Medical terminology provides an organized system for describing the human body, its systems, ailments and treatments. It is a necessary skill for every healthcare profession and career.



All healthcare professions use medical terminology to varying degrees. Healthcare support positions that rely on the use and application of terms are especially dependent upon medical terminology. Some examples include:

  • Medical coding
  • Medical records
  • Medical assisting



Many healthcare support positions lend themselves well to WFH or remote careers. Medical coding and billing, medical records management, medical assisting and even emerging areas such as virtual nursing are considered excellent prospects for working remotely.


Course Objectives

  • Define the word parts that make up most medical terms—roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • Explain the functions of the various body systems
  • Identify diagnoses, procedures, and treatments common to each body system
  • Understand common medical abbreviations and acronyms
  • Recognize the importance of accuracy in spelling and pronunciation of medical terms
  • Better prepare for medical coding, medical records, or medical assisting certification exams
  • Communicate effectively with other members of the healthcare team
  • Understand the information contained in medical reports and health records
  • Develop a foundation of knowledge about the human body that will enable you to be successful in your chosen medical career
  • Obtain a certificate to prove your competency in the healthcare field


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Prerequisites and Requirements

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



  • Introduction to Medical Terminology
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
  • The Integumentary System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology



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.


Registration and Enrollment

This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin at anytime.


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