Course Description

Newly Updated - Become Versed in Medical Language and Terminology

The healthcare field has many exciting opportunities for skilled professionals. The medical terminology course at USD is designed to give current and prospective healthcare workers a comprehensive understanding of medical verbiage and language. With revised and updated lecture content, assignments and access to the DavisPlus learning lab, this course is based on the body systems method, and intended to provide students with an overview of the latest medical terminology. Topics covered in this online self-paced course include body systems, organs, human disease, medical terms, word parts, abbreviations, the health professions, cancer medicine and more!

Learner Outcomes

  • List, define and identify medical terms for different body systems, as well as the components of these terms
  • Identify the most common word parts for medical terms
  • Interpret important medical, diagnostic and laboratory abbreviations and terms
  • Construct medical terms using root words, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes
  • Distinguish between singular and plural forms of selected medical terms
  • Classify word parts for medical terms for numbers, positions and directions

Course Details

Who Should Attend?

Students who require a medical terminology course as a program prerequisite for programs such as pre-nursing, pre-medical and other pre-health professional tracks are excellent candidates for this course. Our medical terminology online course is also designed for current working medical professionals in positions such as:

  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Medical coders
  • Medical secretaries
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Surgical technicians
  • Occupational therapists
  • And more

Course Materials

Required Text, Medical Terminology Systems: A Body Systems Approach by Barbara Gylys and Mary Ellen Wedding available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
HLTH PD - $399 credit (2 units) $399.00
Available for Extension Credit
2 units
  • Susan Mattox
Section Notes

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