Online Medical Terminology Certificate Details

Penn Foster’s Online Medical Terminology Certificate consists of courses that will cover fundamental topics such as word construction and meanings that characterize medical language, terms for Pharmacology, Oncology, Radiology, and more.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

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

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
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.


  • Identify communication methods within the health care field and teamwork strategies
  • Compare the professional roles of health care workers within hospital practices
  • Compare the professional roles of health care workers within various community settings
  • Identify the characteristics of professional behavior and issues related to cultural differences
  • Describe the proper legal and ethical behaviors of a health care worker
  • Explain the primary elements of the Affordable Care Act
  • Distinguish among government (public) and private health insurance plans
  • Describe the United States healthcare system and settings
Analyze the fundamentals and building methods of medical terminologies.


  • Identify the essential role of prefixes in writing medical terms
  • Explain the importance of suffixes in forming medical terms related to specialties, specialists, and procedures
  • Recognize the word parts and methods of writing medical terms
Categorize the medical terms and meanings related to diagnoses, interventions, and body structures.


  • Recognize the various medical terms and their building methods associated with body structures
  • Classify the matching methods of medical terms related to diagnoses and interventions
Distinguish between the medical terms related to the musculoskeletal, circulatory, and respiratory systems.


  • Describe the methods of forming respiratory system associated medical terms
  • Explain the methods of building medical terms related to the circulatory system
  • Identify the structures of the musculoskeletal system and the medical terminologies related to them
Differentiate between the medical terms associated with the digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.


  • Identify the medical terms pertaining to the male and female reproductive system
  • Summarize the building methods of medical terms associated with the urinary system
  • Classify the parts of the digestive system and the various medical terminologies related to them
Point out the medical terms related to the integumentary, nervous, and endocrine systems.


  • Recognize the parts of the endocrine system and the medical terminologies related to them
  • Explain the importance of the special senses and the various medical terms related to them
  • Identify the medical terminologies associated with the nervous system and the psychologic disorders
  • Describe the ways to build medical terms involving the integumentary system
Graded Project: Medical Terminology

Choose the correct medical pronunciation based on various medical scenarios.

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

Short Lessons
Easy-to-Access Lessons
Each lesson is broken into short chapters that allow you to fit learning into whatever time you have available. Don’t have time to finish a lesson? Not a problem - pick up where you left off next time!
Digital Flashcards
Digital Flashcards
A fun and interactive way to test your knowledge before your exams. Find out what information you've mastered, and what material needs additional review.
Sample Medical Terminology Lesson

Sample Medical Terminology Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Medical Terminology course would look like.
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.
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