Introduction to Medical Terminology

Course Aim
Students will gain comprehensive knowledge in the fundamental physiologic and anatomic aspects of the Medical Office Assistant (MOA) industry.
Of Interest To
This course is of interest to individuals actively pursuing MOA training as part of their life-long career journey. It is designed to provide the opportunity for students to develop the skills required to offer administrative support within the medical industry.
Method of Delivery
Students are enrolled at the campus with a scheduled start date and are supported by a stand-up instructor.

About the Medical Terminology Course

Introduction to Medical Terminology introduces basic knowledge of the medical language and word structures, terms pertaining to the body as a whole, and pharmacology. Students learn to analyze medical words, identify the body cavities, explain how suffixes and prefixes affect medical terms, and classify the various routes of drug administration. This course consists of 15 days (75 hours) of daily, participative learning sessions.

Course Prerequisites

Course Notes

Students are supplied with a textbook for ongoing reference. In addition to quizzes, a research essay, and tests, there is a final course exam. Students must achieve an overall mark of 75% to successfully complete the course.

Course Breakdown

Basic Word Structure: Word analysis and identifying combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes

Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole: Identifying the structural organization of the body, body cavities, body regions and quadrants, divisions of the spinal column, planes of the body, and positional and directional terms.

Suffixes: Understanding combining forms, suffixes, terminology, and appendices.

Prefixes: Understanding combining forms, prefixes, terminology, and appendices.

Pharmacology: Identifying drug names, administration of drugs, terminology of drug action, classes of drugs and drug toxicity, vocabulary, terminology, and abbreviations used in prescriptions