Online Medical Terminology

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Program Overview

Improve your medical terminology with the accredited Penn Foster Medical Terminology Certificate Program. 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—all at a pace that's right for you. And you can complete this program in as little as one month!

Curriculum Details

Unit 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
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
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Medical Terminology sample lesson, click here.

Medical Terminology Program Details

Penn Foster will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need:

  • 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

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.

The Medical Terminology Certificate teaches the pronunciations, definitions, and spelling of medical terms and vocabulary used by professionals. This is a great option if you want to improve your medical vocabulary for job advancement or a new career. 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 am so happy that I made a career change with the help of Penn Foster. Penn Foster makes it easy, and they are always supportive and encouraging to you. Whenever I had a question, I just gave my instructors a call, and they were very helpful and easy to talk with. The online testing made it convenient, and my shipments always arrived right on time.

- Christina R., Penn Foster Graduate

I would like to say that enrolling with Penn Foster Career School was the best choice that I ever made. I would recommend Penn Foster. I just have to say 'Thank You' to Penn Foster for achieving my goal.

- Francisco C., Penn Foster Graduate

Penn Foster is a great school with amazing people who always help and work with you through ANY situation. I experienced a fire in my home, and Penn Foster was there for me to cope through the situation. Thank you, and I will be doing another program soon.

- Claudia D., Penn Foster Graduate

We make sure you have everything you need:

  • Graduate debt free with 0% interest
  • Learning aids and Medical Terminology, A Living Language textbook included
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online campus, plus immediate membership in the Medical Terminology Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • 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 Penn Foster?

This program is considered a medical basics course, and credit can be transferred to a number of medical and health career programs.

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