Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology Courses

Medical terminology is essential in any healthcare position - from administrative jobs to direct patient care roles. Learn new skills or refresh your terminology knowledge with our flexible, online medical terminology course.

  • Nationally accredited through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to recognize word construction and meanings that are fundamental to commonly used medical language.
  2. What terminology is used in diagnostics, including body structures.
  3. How to distinguish the medical terms related to the musculoskeletal, circulatory, and respiratory systems.
  4. How to distinguish the medical terms related to digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems, by their component parts.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Medical Terminology Certificate Outcomes 

Developing an understanding of important medical terminology can be useful for anyone interested in a career in healthcare. Earning a certificate online can also help strengthen your resume when applying for jobs in the healthcare industry.

State Licensing Requirements

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. See the State Licensing page 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.

Medical Terminology Course Curriculum

  • 2 courses
  • 16.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 10 exams

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 1 month
  • Average time = 3 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

Penn Foster’s online Medical Terminology courses cover fundamental topics such as word construction and meanings that characterize medical language, terms for pharmacology, oncology, radiology, and more. Your medical terminology classes include:

  • The Fundamentals of Medical Terminology
  • Diagnosis, Intervention, and Human Body Terms
  • Musculoskeletal, Circulatory, and Respiratory Systems Terms
  • Integumentary, Nervous, and Endocrine System Terms


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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Medical Terminology Success Stories 

Penn Foster graduates have been able to strengthen their resume, refresh current skills, and learn new ones through our online Medical Terminology courses. Learn more about their experience with Penn Foster.
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Ebony F.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“Penn Foster has allowed me to be in a classroom setting without being in one. I got the necessary education and help from the library and professor I needed to move forward in my career.”

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Medical Terminology Certificate Tuition

Take the first steps toward advancing your career with our Medical Terminology Certificate Program. Simply choose from one of our customized payment plans below and get started today!

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Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start any time
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced 


  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes 
  • Practical exercises


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Connect with students and alumni in our Penn Foster Group
  • Engaging online student community


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services 
  • Robust learning resources 

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Medical Terminology Courses FAQs

What is medical terminology? 

Medical terminology is the language commonly used in healthcare to precisely describe human anatomy, typical conditions, potential diagnoses, and more.

Why should I take medical terminology courses?

An understanding of medical terminology is important when working in the healthcare industry. If you're interested in starting a career in the field, whether it's in administration or working directly with patients, having foundational terminology knowledge can help you confidently take the next steps toward furthering your education.

How long does it take to complete medical terminology courses?

Penn Foster's online Medical Terminology Program is self-paced, so students can complete the course on the timeline that works for them.

How do I study medical terminology?

By learning medical terminology online through an organized course, you can build the study skills to go beyond just memorizing the words and what they mean. Through understanding the breakdown of prefixes and applying what you learn in terminology challenge games, you can prepare to better retain the information you learn in the long-term.