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Learn To Speak "Medicine" And Start Your Healthcare Career

Learn medical terminology from a nurse practitioner with over 20 years in the healthcare industry! Learn by listening!
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Created by John Pamperin
Last updated 6/2015
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Have you always wanted to start a career in healthcare?

  • Did you know that healthcare is one of the largest businesses in the United States, accounting for 17.1% of the GDP, or 2.87 trillion dollars?
  • In nursing alone, it is estimated that there will be a need for 1.05 million nurses by 2022?
  • The average yearly salary for a nurse is $68,900 per year?!

Do you want to create apps and Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) programs?

  • Healthcare spent $3.8 billion in 2015 for EHR alone!
  • There is now a renaissance in creating medical programs - it is estimated that healthcare is at least 10 years behind in all other industries in using electronic data

Learning how to understand and speak medical terminology is a fundamental first step for entering the world of healthcare.

What you will learn in this course

  • Fundamentals of how to use medical prefixes, suffixes and root words
  • Anatomical directions
  • Common medical abbreviations
  • How to read and write a prescription
  • A brief overview of human anatomy, diseases and treatments

How is this course different?

  • You will learn by immersion - not by memorizing rules! By listening to over 4 hours of basic anatomy, diseases and treatment you will learn how medical terminology, the language of healthcare, is used in conversation and how it is pronounced by an experienced speaker.

Who is the target audience?

  • This is a beginner level course, only needing a desire to learn
  • For healthcare students needing supplemental material to help them in class
  • For aspiring healthcare programmers, wanting to understand the vocabulary of healthcare
  • For medical transcriptionists who want to hear how a native English speaker pronounces commonly used words in medical terminology.

Who is the instructor?

  • John has over 20 years experience working in healthcare, both as a nurse and as a nurse practitioner
  • He has experience in many different specialties, including cardiology, pulmonology, critical care medicine, hospitalist and office medicine
  • He is a native US English speaker with a clear Midwestern accent
Who is the target audience?
  • For students wanting to learn basic medical terminology.
  • For students wanting extra supplemental material while learning medical terminology in school.
  • Not for experienced clinicians, as this is a review of basic medical terminology.
  • For programmers wanting to learn medical vocabulary to use in apps and programs.
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Learn the basic vocabulary of medicine
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 40 Lectures Collapse All 40 Lectures 03:33:46
Introduction to the Class
3 Lectures 04:39

Thank you for taking my course! I briefly describe the course outline and how we will learn medical terminology together.

Preview 01:04

I speak about what you can expect and not expect with this class. We are talking about medical topics academically for our own education. I am not trying to help you diagnose diseases for you or a loved one, or acting as your medical provider. If you or someone you know have a question about an illness, please see your own physician or medical provider.

Preview 02:25

I give a brief description of who I am and my qualifications.

Preview 01:10
Basic Medical Terminology Vocabulary
3 Lectures 14:27

We will discuss how the prefix, suffix and root words work together to create an accurate description of a body part or disease.

Preview 08:47

I've posted a study sheet on common prefixes, suffixes and root words. Download the PDF, cut out the flash cards, and rearrange them to create terms. This will help you understand how these words are put together, and you might come up with some creative words on your own!

Supplemental Material - A list of common medical terms and definitions

We will discuss direction in terms of the human body, as well as discussing the body cavities.

Body Cavities and Directions - "Which way is up?"
The Skin
3 Lectures 18:44

We will learn about the basic structure and anatomy of the skin.

Skin Anatomy - Learn about the skin you're in!

We will briefly learn about some of the various diseases affecting the skin.

Diseases of the Skin - Moles, rashes, cancers and more

We will learn about a few different skin procedures.

Skin Procedures - biopsies and more
The Brain and Nervous System
3 Lectures 26:14

We will discuss the basic function and anatomy of the nervous system.

Brain and Nervous System Anatomy - Basic parts of the brain and spinal column

We will briefly discuss a selection of diseases that can affect the brain and nervous system.

Brain and Nervous System Diseases

We will discuss some of the procedures and operations that can be performed on the brain and nervous system.

Brain and Nervous System Diseases
Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat
3 Lectures 18:51

We will learn the basic anatomy of the eyes, ears, nose and throat.

ENT Anatomy - Learning about the nose, ears and throat

We will learn about some of the diseases that can affect the eyes, ears, nose and throat.

ENT Diseases -

We will learn about some of the procedures that can be performed.

ENT Procedures
The Pulmonary System
4 Lectures 23:57

We will discuss the anatomy of the lungs and upper respiratory system.

Pulmonary Anatomy

Discuss common diseases that can affect the upper and lower respiratory system.

Pulmonary Diseases - Part 1

Second part of discussing common diseases affecting the lungs.

Pulmonary Diseases - Part 2

Discuss several procedures that can be performed on the lungs and respiratory system.

Pulmonary Procedures
The Heart
4 Lectures 32:44

We will discuss the anatomy and function of the heart.

Heart Anatomy

Discuss how an EKG works and various heart rhythms.

Heart Electrophysiology

Discuss how heart valves can fail and how they are treated.

Valvular Disease

Discuss coronary artery disease and some of its treatments.

Coronary Artery Disease
Gastrointestinal System
5 Lectures 25:48

Learn about the general anatomy of the GI system.

GI Anatomy

Discuss some of the various upper GI diseases and procedures.

Upper GI Diseases and Procedures

Discuss some of the diseases and procedures for the liver and pancreas.

Lower GI Diseases - Liver and Pancreas

Discuss some of the diseases involving the large and small intestine.

Lower GI Diseases - Small and Large Intestine

Discuss some of the operations and procedures involving the small and large intestine.

Lower GI Procedures
Urinary System
3 Lectures 12:36

Learn about the basic anatomy of the urinary system.

Urinary Anatomy

Learn about some of the diseases that can affect the urinary system.

Urinary Diseases

Learn about some of the procedures associated with the urinary system.

Urinary Procedures
Reporductive System
3 Lectures 16:47
Male Reproductive Anatomy and Disease

Female Reproductive Anatomy and Disease - Part 1

Female Reproductive Anatomy and Disease - Part 2
3 More Sections
About the Instructor
4.5 Average rating
15 Reviews
542 Students
2 Courses
Nurse Practitioner at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with a Masters of Nursing Science (MSN) from Florida State University. Having a medical career that spans 20 years, I have experience in many areas of medicine including Family Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care and most recently Cardiology. I have worked in many prestigious institutions, such as The Methodist Hospital in Houston TX and Carolinas Medical Center. I currently work for the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in CHarlotte, NC

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