Medical Terminology

Course Available
2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Newly Updated - Become Versed in Medical Language and Terminology

The healthcare field has many exciting opportunities for skilled professionals. The medical terminology course at USD is designed to give current and prospective healthcare workers a comprehensive understanding of medical verbiage and language. With revised and updated lecture content, assignments and access to the DavisPlus learning lab, this course is based on the body systems method, and intended to provide students with an overview of the latest medical terminology. Topics covered in this online self-paced course include body systems, organs, human disease, medical terms, word parts, abbreviations, the health professions, cancer medicine and more!

Course Details

Who Should Attend?

Students who require a medical terminology course as a program prerequisite for programs such as pre-nursing, pre-medical and other pre-health professional tracks are excellent candidates for this course. Our medical terminology online course is also designed for current working medical professionals in positions such as:

  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Medical coders
  • Medical secretaries
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Surgical technicians
  • Occupational therapists
  • And more

Course Materials

Required Text, by Barbara Gylys and Mary Ellen Wedding available at or your local bookstore.

Technical Requirements

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
HLTH-X810 – 017 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $399

Medical Terminology

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Susan Mattox

Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the New Student Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • List, define and identify medical terms for different body systems, as well as the components of these terms
  • Identify the most common word parts for medical terms
  • Interpret important medical, diagnostic and laboratory abbreviations and terms
  • Construct medical terms using root words, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes
  • Distinguish between singular and plural forms of selected medical terms
  • Classify word parts for medical terms for numbers, positions and directions


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Learning Method Information

Courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational.

Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Key Benefits of Healthcare Courses

Innovative Curriculum

Our in-demand courses provide cutting-edge education sought after by the healthcare industry.

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes with real-world healthcare professionals are an important part of the USD experience.

Work-Life Balance

Our healthcare courses offer flexible course formats and class times to help you balance your work, USD studies, and family life.