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Medical Terminology - An Intermediate Course for Medical Professionals
Course Code: CM1030

Author(s): Des Moines University

Pre-approved for: ACM, ASWB (SWs-All Practice Levels), CA BRN, CLCP, COPS-KT, Delaware BON, Florida BON, RNs

Hours: 4

Medical Terminology - An Intermediate Course for Medical Professionals



Medical terminology is a specialized language used by health care practitioners.  And, just like a foreign language, it has its own vocabulary and ways of stringing together words in an acceptable, i.e., understandable to everyone, format.

What follows is a mini-course in medical terminology. 

You will learn approximately 300 words.  This may seem like a lot, but it is only a fraction of the words you would learn in a full academic course in the subject.  However, the goal is not to learn a bunch of new words to impress your friends, but to learn the basics of what makes up medical terms so you can not only use and understand them yourself, but be able to recognize and learn new terms when you come across them in the future.  Most of all, believe it or not, you are going to have fun!  Many medical terms have interesting, even weird meanings or stories behind their evolution as words. 


  1. Overview

  2. Basics

  3. Odds & Ends

  4. Circulatory System

  5. Nervous System

  6. Digestive System

  7. Respiratory System

  8. Urinary System

  9. Reproductive System - Male

  10. Reproductive System - Female

  11. Musculoskeletal System

  12. Cancer Words

  13. Medicine Cabinet
Course Objectives:
  1. Explain and identify examples of the three basic parts to medical terms:
    1. word root
    2. prefix
    3. suffix

  2. Recall and employ common word roots, prefixes and suffixes as they apply to the following systems:
    1. circulatory system
    2. nervous system
    3. digestive system
    4. respiratory system
    5. urinary system
    6. reproductive system - male
    7. reproductive system - female
    8. mulsculoskeletal system


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