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Online Medical Terminology

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Online medical terminology is a one-semester, three-credit hour course designed for students who need medical terminology to fulfill an admissions requirement to a health professions program.  This course will also fulfill any other student who needs an in depth course in the “language of medicine” such as those pursuing careers in Health Care Administration or health-related fields.

Graduate programs that may require MEDT 1000: Online Medical Terminology may include but are not limited to:

  • Dietetics
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Nurse anesthesia
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dental medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Medicine

The overall goal of this course is to provide the student interested in health care, health care delivery, or graduate study in some aspect of medicine or health care, a broad and comprehensive understanding of the unique language of medical terminology. Regardless of what area of medicine or health care you are interested in working in or pursuing graduate school in, it is essential to have a working knowledge of the terminology of medicine. 

A systematic approach

In order to accomplish the goal of mastering the vocabulary, terms, word-building, and derivation skills of the many specialties of medical practice, a systematic approach will be applied. Medical record documentation, consultation with colleagues, billing and coding, as well as an understanding of the terms, roots, and concepts of diseases, therapies, pharmacology, pathological processes, structure and function are foundational to grasping more advanced clinical science.

Course outline

There are 16 modules, beginning with basic “combining forms” recurrent suffixes and prefixes used in medical language.  Each module adds an additional area of medicine learning: structure, function, pathology, diseases, diagnostics, and therapeutics while building on previous vocabulary and concepts. This course is both vocabulary and word building, as well as conceptual in teaching both language and theory. Click here for a full course outline for online medical terminology.

Course delivery

All course material is web-based including online streaming of audio-video lectures, learning objectives, homework, and quiz assessment after each module. Blackboard is the tool utilized to deliver the virtual classroom. The course is taught by one professor, who is also a physician, with many years of clinical and academic experience. This makes the course practical and beneficial for students who are interested in medicine or who are in need of a course in medical terminology for further study.

Enroll anytime, finish at your own pace

Working at the pace typical for a four semester hour course, the average student will complete the online course in approximately 16 weeks. Many students are nontraditional students who have elected an online course for it’s flexibility. For added convenience, students may enroll at any time. Since the course is self-paced, you may complete the course in less than 16 weeks.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Technical Requirements

To learn more about the technical requirements for this and other Post-Baccalaureate courses, click here.

Required Course Materials

MEDT 1000 Required Course Materials

Medical Terminology; The Language for Healthcare
Thierer, Nelson, Ward and Young
McGraw-Hill 2010
3rd Edition
Visit the UNE Bookstore to order your course materials.

Tuition and Fees

Credits: 3
Tuition: $945
Registration: $25
Total: $970
The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Exam Procedures

  1. Online Proctoring Center

    For instruction on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning's ProctorU site.

  2. Written Proctored Exam

    Students may take the exam at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's Campus. Please contact us for information at or (207) 602-2494. For a detailed Exam Policy please see course syllabus.

Enrollment online any time

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. You will be required to submit payment in full at the time of registration. Your official start date is the date that the course opens, and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course. Upon registration you will receive an emailed receipt for payment, followed within 24 hours by a "next steps" email. If you have any questions, please call your student support specialist at 1-855-325-0894.

If you intend to use VA Benefits or Tuition Assistance, please do not use the self-registration portal. Please call 1-855-325-0894 to be directed to the appropriate office for assistance.

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