Online Medical Terminology Course

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Program Overview

Learn medical terminology with ICS Canada’s Online Medical Terminology Career Certificate course. Common medical terminology is a critical part of the language used by health care practitioners. Individuals with medical terminology training are capable of analyzing and interpreting medical reports related to specific body systems. You’ll learn to identify medical terms and words by their component parts, define the body structure and its systems, cavities, planes, and positions, and explain the importance of medical terminology in health care professions. You can even complete this program in as little as three months, all at a pace that’s right for you!¹

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To increase students' knowledge of common medical terminology used by health care practitioners.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and interpret medical reports related to specific body systems
  • Identify medical terms and words by their component parts
  • Define the body structure and its systems, cavities, planes, and positions
  • Explain the importance of medical terminology in health care professions

Unit 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Introduction to Allied Health

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the field of health information management.

Objectives:

  • Describe reimbursement systems and the role health information management technicians play in reimbursement.
  • Describe how technology is used in health information management.
  • Explain the different roles, opportunities, and settings for health information management technicians.
  • Discuss different professional organizations and certifications for health information management technicians.

Unit 2

The Fundamentals

This lesson discusses the basics of medical terminology, including root words, prefixes, and suffixes.

Objectives:

  • Define word elements, roots, prefixes, suffixes, combining vowels, and combining forms.
  • Formulate the basic rules for building a medical word.
  • Demonstrate effective use of a medical dictionary.
Pharmacology, the Integumentary System, and the Musculoskeletal System

Objectives:

  • Explain the uses and effects of drugs on the body.
  • Distinguish among generic drug names, official drug names, trade names, and chemical names.
  • Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems.
Surgery, the Cardiovascular System, and the Blood and Lymph

Objectives:

  • Identify terms commonly used on operative reports, and discuss their meanings.
  • Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to cardiovascular system and the blood and lymph systems.
Oncology, Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine, and the Respiratory System

Objectives:

  • Discuss the field of oncology and potential careers in the oncology field.
  • Identify diagnostic procedures related to radiology and nuclear medicine.
  • Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems.
The Digestive System, Mental Health, and the Urinary System

Objective:

  • Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to the digestive and urinary systems, as well as terms related to the psychology and psychiatry fields.
Male and Female Reproductive Systems and the Endocrine System

Objective:

  • Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to the reproductive and endocrine systems.
The Nervous System, the Eye, and the Ear

Objective:

  • Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to the nervous system, the eyes, and the ears.
Additional Unit Material

Textbook: Medical Terminology, A Living Language


Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Sample Lesson

To view a Medical Terminology sample lesson, click here.

Medical Terminology Program Details

In the ICS Canada Medical Terminology online course, you’ll cover how to:

  • Identify medical terms and words by their component parts
  • Define the body structure and its systems, cavities, planes, and positions
  • Explain the importance of medical terminology in health care professions
Online medical terminology certificate

The Medical Terminology Online Career Certificate teaches the pronunciations, definitions, and spelling of medical terms and vocabulary used by health-care professionals. This is a great option if you want to improve your medical vocabulary. Here are a few qualities that effective medical professionals have in common:

  • Organized: Keep confidential health forms and patient information in the right places.
  • Honest: Insurance companies, doctors, and patients trust you.
  • Dependable: Patients and doctors rely on you to be organized and on time.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids and Medical Terminology: A Living Language textbook
  • Weekly Discussion Boards
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Is this Medical Terminology certificate transferable to other medical and health career programs at ICS Canada?

This program is considered a medical basics course, and credit may be transferred to some of ICS Canada’s medical and health career programs. Call an Admissions Specialist at 1-888-427-2400 to find out more.

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¹ The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.