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Online Medical Terminology

MEDT 1000: Online Medical Terminology Course

UNE Aca­d­e­m­ic Cal­en­dars | UNE Aca­d­e­m­ic Cat­a­log | Tech­ni­cal Require­ments

This online med­ical ter­mi­nol­o­gy course is a one-semes­ter, three-cred­it hour course designed for stu­dents who need a med­ical ter­mi­nol­o­gy course 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 to medical terminology

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.

MEDT 1000 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 syl­labus 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.

Complete at your own pace

Work­ing at the pace typ­i­cal for a four semes­ter hour course, the aver­age stu­dent will com­plete this online med­ical ter­mi­nol­o­gy course in approx­i­mate­ly 16 weeks. Many stu­dents are non­tra­di­tion­al stu­dents who have elect­ed an online course for flex­i­bil­i­ty. 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


  • Med­ical Ter­mi­nol­o­gy: Lan­guage for Health Care 
    Thier­er, Nel­son, Ward, and Young, 3rd edi­tion, McGraw-Hill, 2010

Tuition and Fees

Cred­its: 3
Tuition: $1050
Reg­is­tra­tion: $25
Total: $1075

The cost of the mate­ri­als is not includ­ed in this total.

Exam Procedures

All exams are tak­en online. Major exams are required to be proc­tored. For instruc­tions on how to take your exams online, vis­it Online Learning’s Proc­torU site.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-ser­vice reg­is­tra­tion por­tal. Pay­ment is due 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.  

Courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month

You must be reg­is­tered for your class by 12:00 noon EST on the Mon­day before the class starts. See the UNE Aca­d­e­m­ic Cal­en­dar for more details. 

Assistance with registration

If you have any ques­tions or need help with reg­is­ter­ing for your class, please call an Enroll­ment Coun­selor at 1–855-325‑0894, email, or view the online FlexReg course reg­is­tra­tion tuto­r­i­al

If you intend to use VA Ben­e­fits or Mil­i­tary 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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