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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  • Lectures 40
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

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

What are the requirements?

  • No extra materials are needed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the basic vocabulary of medicine
  • Feel comfortable in using their new vocabulary comfortably in a conversation

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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the Class

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


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.


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

Section 2: Basic Medical Terminology Vocabulary

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


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!


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

Section 3: The Skin

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


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


We will learn about a few different skin procedures.

Section 4: The Brain and Nervous System

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


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


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

Section 5: Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat

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


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


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

Section 6: The Pulmonary System

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


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


Second part of discussing common diseases affecting the lungs.


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

Section 7: The Heart

We will discuss the anatomy and function of the heart.


Discuss how an EKG works and various heart rhythms.


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


Discuss coronary artery disease and some of its treatments.

Section 8: Gastrointestinal System

Learn about the general anatomy of the GI system.


Discuss some of the various upper GI diseases and procedures.


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


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


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

Section 9: Urinary System

Learn about the basic anatomy of the urinary system.


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


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

Section 10: Reporductive System
Male Reproductive Anatomy and Disease
Female Reproductive Anatomy and Disease - Part 1
Female Reproductive Anatomy and Disease - Part 2
Section 11: Hematology - Oncology

Learn about the different red and white blood cells.


Discuss the suffixed describing number and concentration of blood cells.


Discuss some common hematological diseases.


Briefly discuss some common types of cancer.

Section 12: Common Medical Abbreviations

We will learn about common abbreviations used in the medical field, including prescription abbreviations.

Section 13: Thank You!!

Thank you again for taking this course! If you have any questions or want me to create a lecture series that will go much more in depth into a disease, such as hypertension, heart disease or COPD, just let me know in the comments!

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Instructor Biography

John Pamperin, 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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