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USD’s Medical Terminology just Enrolled it’s 2000th Student! Learn how this Course can help your Career Today!


The health care industry is one of the fastest-growing job markets in the United States, with thousands of new positions opening each year. If you are motivated to launch or advance your career in a health care profession, there has never been a better time to invest in yourself and your continuing education. 

The ’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is proud to offer a variety of health care courses and certificate programs designed for busy working professionals. Explore flexible online courses that will help you build and strengthen foundational health care skills such as fluency in medical terminology, medical coding and billing processes, maintaining electronic health records, or practicing positive mental health strategies on the job.

The ’s online courses and certificates offer:

  • Emerging curriculum from a nationally ranked university
  • Top faculty and experienced industry practitioners
  • Affordable tuition for high-quality courses
  • Professional certificates that indicate learned core competencies
  • Small class sizes with personalized attention and superior student services

Our online health care courses are ideal for those who want to make a career change or advance in their current health care support role. Take the next step in your health care career with the .

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Online Self-Paced
3 Units
Online Self-Paced

This certificate enables those new to the healthcare field the ability to gain insight and knowledge of Electronic Health Records. Also provides an opportunity for seasoned healthcare professionals to up-skill.

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USD’s online health care courses and certificate programs are designed for both working health care professionals and career changers looking to develop and bolster key in-demand skills, from traditional (medical terminology) to cutting edge (the latest diagnostic software).

Ideal students include:

  • Medical facility administrators and technicians
  • Clinical care providers
  • Pre-nursing students 
  • Nurse practitioners 
  • Electronic health records (EHR) professionals
  • Aspiring medical coding and billing specialists 
  • Health care professionals looking to broaden their grasp of in-demand industry knowledge

Features & Formats

The top reasons so many healthcare professionals enroll in our educator programs include:

  • Continuing your lifelong education at a nationally ranked university with proven programs and cutting-edge curriculum.
  • Positioning yourself for potential salary increases by expanding your knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas.
  • Gaining the insights and tools needed to become more effective in your role or position yourself for leadership positions.
  • Strengthening your resume by listing continuing education achievements that make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers.
  • Learning from expert faculty instructors who are also experienced healthcare professionals.
  • Benefiting from small class sizes that offer personalized instruction and support to enhance learning.
  • Augmenting your professional growth by engaging in networking opportunities with faculty and fellow students.
  • Signing up for convenient and flexible program schedules, with no application required.
  • Completing a career-building certificate in less than 10 months, quicker than it typically takes to earn a graduate degree.

Available Formats

The offers high-quality online courses and programs geared to lifelong learning, professional growth, and career advancement in a convenient Online Self-Paced format. Benefits of Online Self-Paced format include:

  • The flexibility to work on assignments anytime;
  • No set due dates for assignments and projects; and
  • Having up to six months to complete the course.

Key Benefits of Health care Courses

Career Advancement

Our resume-building health care courses and certificates offer practical curriculum to help you expand your skills and career opportunities.

Personalized Education

Small class sizes mean you get personalized attention from instructor-practitioners with real-world health care experience.

Flexible Scheduling

Choose 100% online health care courses for optimal scheduling flexibility to balance your work, USD studies, and family life.

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Expert Health Care Instructors

The health care faculty members at the ’s Division Professional & Continuing Education possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience. USD PCE health care faculty attributes and benefits include:

  • Experienced health care instructor-practitioners
  • Instructors who are engaged and accessible
  • Small class sizes with personalized attention
  • Opportunities for professional networking
  • Faculty connections/health care industry contacts
  • Passion for teaching and lifelong learning
  • Skilled educators who are invested in your success

Is USD Right for Me?

USD’s widely respected Division of Professional & Continuing Education is dedicated to connecting students with high-quality courses and certificate programs.

If you are passionate about lifelong learning or if you are seeking educational opportunities to gain specific knowledge and skills for personal or career advancement reasons, then (yes!) the is right for you.

Informative Stats and Facts


USD has been crafting high-quality curriculum for over 70 years


Number of students who have enhanced their career


Majority of courses are offered in flexible and convenient formats

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are the requirements for the courses in the Programs?

For successful completion of the certificate programs the following requirements are needed:

I need more time to finish my Self-Paced course, what do I do?

Independent Study Self-Paced courses – USD allows 9 months from the date of registration to complete an independent study formatted course and submit all completed course work for evaluation.

Online Self-Paced courses – USD allows 6 months from the date of registration to complete an online self-paced formatted course and submit all assignments for evaluation within this period

If you need additional time and would like to make an extension request, contact us prior to your upcoming deadline at [email protected] or call between 8:30AM – 5:00PM (PST), M-F, at (619)260-4585 or toll free at (888)321-6658 for a one-time extension. If an extension is granted, it is final.

Classroom, Online Fixed-Date, and Credit Validation formatted courses do not allow for any additional time to complete assignments.

What if I can’t complete a course?

An Incomplete (INC) grade grade is available in some circumstances. The instructor makes the final determination of acceptance of assigning an incomplete grade based on the level of work already completed and the amount of assignments remaining.

To receive an ‘INC’ grade, students must complete a Petition for Incomplete and forward it to PCE. PCE will then forward the Petition to the instructor for approval. If coursework is not completed in the agreed extension period, a final grade is assigned, all ‘INC’ grades convert to ‘F’ grades or ‘NG’ (No Grade).


Taking a medical terminology course is a great first step to equip you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to be successful.

Why You Need a Medical Terminology Course


Your health care career

Improve your medical terminology, mental health, and more with 100% online courses.