Learning Medical Language

Course Info:

Course Introduction

Learning Medical Language introduces basic knowledge of the medical language and word structures, medical abbreviations and symbols, terms pertaining to the body as a whole, and pharmacology. Students learn to analyze medical words, identify the body cavities, recognize the organs, explain how suffixes and prefixes affect medical terms, and classify the various routes of drug administration.

This course consists of 30 days (150 hours) of daily, participative learning sessions.

Course Prerequisites

  • Keyboarding Level 1 (25 words per minute)
  • Microsoft Word Level 2

Course Notes

Students are supplied with a textbook for ongoing reference. In addition to quizzes, and tests, there is a final course exam. Students must achieve an overall mark of 75% to successfully complete the course.

Course Breakdown

This course is comprised of a variety of topics, concepts, and projects that focus on the following areas of skill and competency:

Basic Word Structure:

Word analysis and identifying combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes

Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole:

Identifying the structural organization of the body, body cavities, body regions and quadrants, divisions of the spinal column, planes of the body, and positional and directional terms


Understanding combining forms, suffixes, terminology, and appendices


Understanding combining forms, prefixes, terminology, and appendices


Identifying drug names, standards and references, administration of drugs, terminology of drug action, classes of drugs and drug toxicity, vocabulary and combining forms, terminology, and abbreviations used in prescriptions.

Female Reproductive System:

Identifying organs of the female reproductive system, menstruation and pregnancy, terminology, combining forms, suffixes and prefixes, vocabulary, pathological conditions of the breasts, gynecological pathology, laboratory tests, and clinical procedures

Digestive System:

Identifying anatomy and physiology, vocabulary, terminology, pathological conditions, and the main organs of the digestive system

Urinary System:

Identifying the anatomy of the major organs, the production of urine by the kidneys, terminology, structures, substances, pathological conditions of the kidneys and bladder, laboratory tests, and clinical procedures

Remaining Body Systems:

Identifying the anatomy and physiology of the spinal cord, lungs, blood, lymph nodes, skin, eyes, ears, and glands

Musculoskeletal System:

Bones: formation, structure, vocabulary, combining forms and suffixes, pathological conditions, and fractures. Joints: types, bursae, combining forms and suffixes, and pathological conditions. Muscles: types, actions of skeletal muscles, vocabulary, combining forms and suffixes, pathological conditions, laboratory tests, and clinical procedures

Male Reproductive System:

Identifying the anatomy, vocabulary, terminology, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes, sexually transmitted infections and pathological conditions, laboratory tests, and clinical procedures

Cardiovascular System:

Identifying the anatomy and physiology of the heart, circulation of the blood, blood vessels, blood pressure, vocabulary, terminology, pathological conditions of the heart and blood vessels, laboratory tests, and clinical procedures

  • Program: Healthcare Programs

  • Of interest to: This course is of interest to individuals actively pursuing medical training as part of their life-long career journey. It is designed to provide the opportunity for students to develop the skills required to offer administrative support within the medical industry.

  • Course aim: Students will gain comprehensive knowledge in the fundamental physiologic and anatomic aspects of the Medical Administration industry.

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