Medical Terminology


Study medical language at home to understand the structure of medical terms, learning by distance education to work as a medical administrator, medical secretary or allied health worker.

Course CodeBSC109
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment


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Medical Terminology Distance Learning Course

A special course designed for people working or wishing to work in medical environments, with no medical training, to develop skills to communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology.
 
An understanding of Medical Terms is often the first and most important thing which someone needs to learn, if they are to work in an administrative position in the health industry.

Medical Terminology is not only used in medicine by doctors and nurses; but is also used in a wide range of associated professions. These related professions include dentistry, veterinary care, medical practice managers, medical receptionists and many types of natural therapies.

This course is aimed to develop your awareness of terms not only used by doctors and nurses, but also by other allied professionals.

Anyone working in any of these professions will benefit from doing this course.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Medical Terminology
  2. Anatomical Structure
  3. Medical Equipment and Processes
  4. Pharmacological Terminology
  5. Musculoskeletal System
  6. Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  7. Respiratory and Reproductive Systems
  8. Digestive and Excretory Systems
  9. Integumentary System (Skin)
  10. Nervous and Sensory Systems

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology
  • Explain the scope and nature of terminology used in medicine and allied professions.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe general anatomical features, including dsorders
  • Identify the meaning of words which describe medical tools, equipment and procedures.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe pharmacological terms.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the musculoskeletal system, including disorders.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the respiratory and reproductive systems, including disorders.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the digestive and excretory systems, including disorders.
  • Identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the nervous and sensory systems, including disorders.

Where are Medical Terms Used?


Medical Terminology is not only used in medicine by doctors and nurses; but is also used in a wide range of associated professions. These related professions include dentistry, veterinary care, medical practice managers, medical receptionists and many types of natural therapies.

This course is aimed to develop your awareness of terms not only used by doctors and nurses, but also by other allied professionals.

Anyone working in any of these professions will benefit from doing this course.

There are three parts to most medical terms:

The human body is a complex thing. Some scientists can spend their whole life studying just one aspect of the body, and still have more to learn.  This course provides insights into many of the processes that affect the way we acquire and process energy. Lactic acid is just one of many chemicals involved.
  1. The Word Root   This is usually the middle of the word and provides its core meaning.
  2. The Prefix   This is normally at the start and commonly identifies a part of the core meaning.
  3. The suffix   This comes at the end and modifies the core meaning (eg. What it is interacting with or what is happening to it).

By developing an understanding of the components that are commonly used in these systematically constructed words it is (in time) easier to both understand and remember the meanings of the terminology. 

This course helps you to understand the construction of medical words and the meanings of these components that make up any particular word; hence providing a foundation to decipher words you encounter, even if you do not immediately recognise their meaning.


WHAT CAN THIS COURSE DO FOR YOU?

A special course designed for people working, or wishing to work, in the medical environment but who have no medical training. It will help develop the skills to communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology. The course is relevant to anyone working or wishing to work in fields of health, alternative medicine or paramedical areas; such as receptionist for a doctor or natural therapist.

 
 

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ACS is an Organisational Member of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning.
ACS is an Organisational Member of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning.

ACS is a Member of the Complementary Medicine Association.
ACS is a Member of the Complementary Medicine Association.

Member of Study Gold Coast Education Network.
Member of Study Gold Coast Education Network.

ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.
ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.

ACS is a long-term member of IARC. A non-profit quality management organisation servicing schools, colleges and institutions in the tertiary education sector.
ACS is a long-term member of IARC. A non-profit quality management organisation servicing schools, colleges and institutions in the tertiary education sector.



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