Learning Medical Language Courses

Learning Medical Language Course Introduction

In this 150 hour course, students work with a textbook and an accompanying CD-ROM. The textbook focuses on learning medical terms as they relate to the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human body; the CD-ROM is designed to enhance textbook material. Textbook worksheets and exercises, and CD-ROM exercises guide the student in the development of critical thinking skills. Checkpoints are built in to both to allow the student to assess and master each presented skill.

Course Prerequisite(s)

Students must have strong English skills (oral and written), and word processing courses to an advanced level.

Course Aim

In this course students learn the fundamental concepts of all aspects of medical terminology as it relates to human anatomy and physiology, common diseases and disorders, laboratory tests, clinical procedures, abbreviations and pharmacology.

Of Interest to

Those who are interested in a career as a Medical Office Assistant in a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital; professionals who wish to communicate more effectively in the medical work place; or those who need to become familiar with medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, diseases and disorders and related terminology as a prerequisite for other courses and programs.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the meaning of, and analyze, complex medical terms.
  • Know the basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, lab tests, abbreviations and clinical procedures for each body system.
  • Be aware of spelling and pronunciation problems, and correctly spell both the English and medical terms, as well as abbreviations, presented in the text.
  • Know medical terminology as it applies to oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine, pharmacology and psychiatry.
  • Use medical terms appropriately when communicating verbally and in writing with other health team members.

Course Content

Introduction to Medical Language

Basic Word Structure– Objectives in studying medical language: rules for word analysis, roots, prefixes, suffixes, combining vowel/forms, practical applications and pronunciation.

Terms Pertaining to the Body – Structural organization of the body, body cavities, abdomen/pelvic regions and quadrants, spinal column divisions, body planes, positional and directional terms.

Suffixes – Commonly used suffixes, forming plurals, practical applications, pronunciation, and appendices.

Prefixes – Commonly used prefixes, appendices, practical applications, and pronunciation.

Body Systems

Related Terminology (roots, suffixes, prefixes), Anatomy and Physiology, Diseases and Disorders, Laboratory Tests, Clinical Procedures, Abbreviations and Practical Applications for each of the following body systems: Digestive; Urinary; Female and Male Reproductive; Nervous; Cardiovascular; Respiratory; Blood Lymphatic and Immune; Musculoskeletal; Sensory Organs (Eye and Ear); and Endocrine.

Medical Specialties

Cancer Medicine (Oncology) – Terminology, tumour characteristics, carcinogenesis, classification of cancerous tumours, pathological descriptions, staging and grading, cancer treatment, laboratory tests, clinical procedures, practical applications, and abbreviations.

Radiology and Nuclear Medicine – Terminology, characteristics of x rays, diagnostic techniques, positioning, radioactivity and radio nuclides, nuclear medicine tests, abbreviations, and practical applications.

Pharmacology – Terminology, drug nomenclature, standards and references, administration of drugs, drug actions, drug toxicity, classes of drugs, abbreviations, and practical applications.

Psychiatry – Terminology, clinical symptoms, psychiatric disorders, therapy, abbreviations, and practical applications.

Course Notes

There are four quizzes each representing the completion of a major section of the textbook and a final examination. Students must attain a minimum mark of 60% on each quiz to proceed to the next section of the course, and a minimum average of 75% to pass the course. The final mark is weighted, and is based on 40% from quizzes, and 60% from the final exam.

Method of Delivery

Integrated LearningTM System training facilitated by Academy of Learning College facilitators.

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