Medical Terminology - Root Terms and Word Associations

24 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

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:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**