Online Medical Terminology

MEDT 1000: Online Medical Terminology Course

UNE Academic Calendar | 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

All of the science prerequisites offered at UNE are based online. In order for you as a student to have the best experience possible, UNE has established some technical specifications for you. Click here for technical requirements.

Required course materials


  • Medical Terminology Express: A Short-Course Approach by Body System
    Gylys and Masters, 2nd edition, F.A. Davis Company, 2015
    (Online access included)

Mandatory External Webcam for Proctored Exams

This webcam is required for proctored exams for any courses starting on or after September 4, 2019.

Webcam & Whiteboard Ordering Information

Tuition and Fees

Credits: 3
Tuition: $1080
Registration: $30
Total: $1110

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. Courses starting on or after September 4, 2019 must be proctored via the UNE-approved external webcam.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. To register, you will need to enable Flash in your browser first (here are step-by-step instructions). 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. Online registration will remain open during holidays when the university is closed. 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 a student service advisor at:

(855) 325-0894

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 (855) 325-0894 to be directed to the appropriate office for assistance.



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