Medical Terminology - Root Terms and Word Associations

Hours: 24 / Access Length: 180 Days / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Retail Price: $139.95

Course Overview:

This course will present a comprehensive introduction and overview of medical terminology in a straightforward and easy manner for students who have no previous background in biology or medicine. Students will gain hands-on, practical experience working with word parts and medical terms related to each of the body systems. Students in this course will learn by doing. Every lesson reinforces the content through writing exercises and interaction with medical terminology. Through these interactive activities, students will gain the fundamental knowledge needed to be successful in one of the many fastest-growing fields in allied health.

Students will:

  • Analyze the component parts of a medical term.
  • List and define basic prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms.
  • Use basic prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms to build medical terms.
  • Explain common rules for proper medical term formation, pronunciation, and spelling.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Basic Word Structure

In this lesson, students will learn to divide medical terms into component parts. In addition, students will learn to analyze, pronounce, and spell medical terms using common combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes.

Lesson 2: Organization of the Body

This lesson will provide an overview of the names of the body systems and their functions. Students will identify body cavities and specific organs within them, list the divisions of the back, and identify three planes of the body. In addition, this lesson will prepare students to analyze, pronounce, and spell new terms and apply medical terms in real-life situations.

Lesson 3: Suffixes

In this lesson, students will identify and define useful diagnostic and procedural suffixes. This lesson will also teach students to analyze, spell, and pronounce medical terms that contain diagnostic and procedural suffixes. In addition, students will apply medical terms in real-life situations.

Lesson 4: Prefixes

In this lesson, students will identify and define common prefixes used in medical terms. Students will also analyze, spell, and pronounce medical terms that contain prefixes. Finally, students will apply medical terms in real-life situations.

Lesson 5: Medical Specialists and Case Reports

This lesson will describe the training process of physicians, identify medical specialists and describe their specialties. Students will learn to identify combining forms used in terms that describe specialists and to decipher medical terminology as written in case reports.

All necesary materials are included.


System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.