Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach (Online Course)


Prepare for a career in the health services industry by learning medical terminology in a memorable and enjoyable fashion.


Course Details

This course teaches medical terminology from an anatomical approach where root terms are divided by each body system. The origin, a combined form, and an example of non-medical everyday usage is provided for each root term.

Word Associations are provided as a learning tool. Unusual and interesting information is provided in regards to each term. Root terms are combined with prefixes and suffixes as your learning will culminate in the interpretation of several paragraphs of medical notes. If you’ve ever had trouble memorizing medical terms, this course (and approach) is for you!


Lesson 1

Identify common root and musculoskeletal root terms and their meanings.

Lesson 2

Discern and memorize integumentary and digestive root terms and their meanings.

Lesson 3

Identify and memorize cardiovascular and respiratory root terms and their meanings.

Lesson 4

Recognize and commit to memory urinary and reproductive root terms and their meanings.

Lesson 5

Identify and memorize neurosensory root terms and their meanings, and review current terms to date by recognizing their use in sentences.

Lesson 6

Recall the common medical prefixes and suffixes A through H.

Lesson 7

Recall the common medical prefixes and suffixes I through O.

Lesson 8

Recall the common medical prefixes and suffixes P through Z.

Lesson 9

Identify the meaning of medical prefixes and suffixes used for color and abbreviations of common medical titles.

Lesson 10

Recall common medical abbreviations A through R.

Lesson 11

Recount medical abbreviations S through W, and recite abbreviations of hospital areas, laboratory tests, chemistries, and medical symbols.

Lesson 12

Recount common directional terms and word combinations.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


There are no prerequisites to take this course. No medical background is necessary.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Course Information

Course Hours: 24.00

How It Works


Take the online course at your convenience.


Fully complete the course to access your certificate.

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