Medical Terminology Online Course

Medical Terminology Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

A special course designed for people working or wishing to work in medical environments, with no medical training, to develop skills to communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology.

This course is relevant to anyone working or wishing to work in fields of health, alternative medicine or paramedical areas; such as reception for a doctor or natural therapist or those responsible for OH&S.

Course Aims:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology
  • Explain the scope and nature of terminology used in medicine and allied professions.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe general anatomical features, including dsorders
  • Identify the meaning of words which describe medical tools, equipment and procedures.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe pharmacological terms.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the musculoskeletal system, including disorders.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the respiratory and reproductive systems, including disorders.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the digestive and excretory systems, including disorders.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the nervous and sensory systems, including disorders.


Detailed Course Outline

There are 10 Lessons in this course:

Scope and Nature of Medical Terminology

  • What is Medical Terminology
  • Origins of Words
  • Structure of Words
  • Medical Prefixes
  • Medical Suffixes
  • Constructing Medical Terms by altering prefix or suffix

Anatomical Structure

  • Anatomical Prefixes
  • Anatomical Suffixes
  • Locating parts of the body
  • Terms to indicate positioning of anatomical features in body
  • Acronyms
  • Symbols

Medical Equipment and Procedures Terminology

  • Terms to describe Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures
  • Terms to describe Medical Equipment
  • Storage and Handling of Medicines
  • Sterilizing Equipment
  • Terms to describe Bacteria
  • Gram Staining
  • Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Research Microbiology
  • Types of Wounds
  • Problems Resulting from Wounds
  • Treating Wounds
  • Electrolytes
  • Examples of Prefixes and Suffixes

Pharmacological Terminology

  • Types of herbal and pharmaceutical medicines (e.g. Alkaloids, Calmatives, Cathartics, Decongestants, Expectorants, etc.)
  • Pharmacological Terms (e.g. Allergens, Carcinogens, Photosensitisers, Toxic Alkaloids, etc)
  • Over the Counter Prescription Drugs
  • Terminology for OTC and Prescription Drugs (e.g. Steroids, Barbiturates, anti-Psychotic Drugs etc.)
  • Prefix and suffix examples

Musculoskeletal System Terminology

  • Naming main muscles
  • Musculature –Types of Muscle tissue
  • Relationship between muscles and bone
  • Bone and Joint problems (e.g. Sprains, Broken Bones, etc)
  • Disorders of musculoskeletal System (e.g. Fibromyalgia, Sprains, strains, Cramp, etc.)
  • Suffix Examples

Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Immune Systems Terminology

  • Parts of the Heart
  • Circulation
  • Systole and Diastole
  • Terms related to Disorders of Cardiovascular System
  • Lymphatic System and Immunity
  • Leucocytes
  • Vaccination
  • Immunity
  • Disorders of Immunity
  • Suffix and Prefix Examples

Respiratory and Reproductive Systems Terminology

  • Lungs
  • Respiration
  • Pulmonary Circulation
  • Gas Exchange (Diffusion, Perfusion, Arterial Pressure)
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Diagnostic Procedures for Lungs and Airways
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Male Reproductive System.
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Pregnancy
  • Parturition
  • Cesarean Section, VBAC and Multiple Gestation
  • Premature Birth and Miscarriage
  • Reproductive Disorders (e.g. Amenorrhoea, Menorrhagia, PCOS, Endometriosis, etc.)
  • Suffix and Prefix Examples

Digestive and Excretory Systems Terminology

  • Parts of the Digestive System
  • Renal System
  • Kidneys
  • Ureters and Bladder
  • Urethra
  • Disorders of Digestive and Renal Systems (e.g. Anal Fissure, Haemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel System, Kidney Stones, Pancreatitis, etc.)
  • Suffix and Prefix Examples

Integumentary System (Skin) Terminology

  • Thermoregulation
  • Electrolytes
  • Types of Sensory Nerves
  • Sun Protection
  • Intergument Structure
  • Cell Types
  • Disorders (e.g. Scab, Atrophic skin, Abrasion, Excoriation, Scar, Ulcer, etc.)
  • Diagnostic Procedures
  • Suffix and Prefix Examples

Nervous and Sensory Systems Terminology

  • Brain
  • Central Nervous System
  • Peripheral Nervous System
  • Disorders of Nervous System
  • Disorders of Sensory System (e.g. Aphasia, Apraxia, Vertigo, etc)
  • Diagnostic Procedures
  • Suffix and Prefix Examples

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