Medical Language for Allied Health Professionals

Principles of Medical Terminology
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 9.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

The contents of the medical language for allied health professionals, which includes the text book and related topics, have been structured into individual courses. Each course will cover all aspects of one or more body systems and can be used to reinforce knowledge in this particular area. All students are welcome to pick and choose individual courses in the order they like or they can skip one which is not applicable to their requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that all students should start from first course, Principles of Medical Terminology,and then proceed in any order.

Principles of Medical Terminology is designed to teach latest medical terminology, components of medical words like roots, suffixes and prefixes. It will teach engineering of medical words so that bigger and more complex words can be deciphered with little effort. It will prepare students to step into the most caring and rewarding profession, express their talents and abilities and communicate with physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals.

The subject matter presented is beyond the prescribed text book. All additional information is downloadable. This makes the course comprehensive and will cater to the needs of a broad spectrum of allied health professionals. Instructional videos are very explanatory and instructor help will be provided through prearranged live sessions.

Diagrams and other graphics are used extensively to explain concepts. Teaching is based upon widening knowledge base and right context in which medical terms are used rather than rote memorization of long lists.

Throughout the course student will be introduced to various titles of allied healthcare professionals and links provided to obtain information on educational and other skills requirements. It is a gateway to a number of choices in this field.

If a career in medical is field your calling, capitalize your skills now! This and the courses to follow promise an experience to change your life.

What are the requirements?

  • A strong and firm commitment to work hard.
  • Fair control of English language, working knowledge of MS Word and other applications is desirable.
  • Students can print all downloadable material or alternatively save on their computers and read.
  • The Language of Medicine by Davi-Ellen Chabner 10th Edition is the prescribed text book.
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology By Tortora & Derrickson 12th Edition can be used as a reference.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • More than 8 hours of contents divided into 18 lectures . This covers chapter 1-4 of the text book.
  • A review tutorial for above contents. Self-check exercises and quizzes for each chapter. A final quiz based on all four chapters.
  • Downloadable additional information and supplementary material for lectures.
  • Analyze a medical word into its basic components i.e. roots, suffixes, and prefixes
  • Learn the meanings of common word components.
  • Understand the principles governing the combination of these components to construct medical words.
  • Apply this understanding to terminology related to body systems.

Who is the target audience?

  • All those who want to step into the profession of healthcare.
  • All those who are preparing for various certification exams.
  • Foreign pharmacy and medical graduates preparing to write their qualifying or evaluation examinations.
  • Ideal for people already working in the industry without formal school education.
  • Healthcare providers who want employees to upgrade their skills.

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Section 1: Basic Word Structure (Chapter 1)

Study tips.


Introduction to components of a medical word, rules governing their combination and basic rules for making plurals of medical words. This lecture is based upon chapter 1 of the text book and appendix A given at the end of text. A downloadable handout on components of medical words will reinforce student's understanding and guide their study of medical language. Another handout introduces major medical and surgical specialties, giving the scope of practice and title of the physician and a breakdown of associated medical terms.


In this lecture I have explained the list of combining forms given in the text book. This is to give a broad base of knowledge to the student and medical language is understood in its right context rather than memorizing a list of word components. It is advised that student should take full advantage of the supplementary material provided for chapter one.


This lecture is continuation of the previous lecture. I have explained word components given in the text book. The student is expected to understand the concepts and complete all worksheets provided in the text book. It is strongly recommended to go through supplementary material provided for chapter 1.

20 questions

This set of questions is designed to help students evaluate their understanding of the chapter contents. It has no contribution to final grade of this section. Listen to the short video called Self Check explaining how to define or build medical terms.

42 questions
This quiz is based on chapter 1 (Basic Word Structure). It is assumed that the student has thoroughly reviewed all material presented in the text book and teaching videos. Chapter assessments contribute 50% of the final grade in each section of this course. 
Section 2: Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole (Chapter 2)

This is first video lecture in a series of three on chemical level of structural organization of the body. It introduces six levels of organization, chemical elements, atoms and molecules and use of periodic table. Application of radioisotopes in diagnostic imaging is also discussed. Since this information is not given in the text book students are expected to take notes and read downloadable handout. They will be tested on this material in final quiz.


This video lecture is continuous with the previous lecture on chemical level of body organization. Chemical bonds, types of chemical reactions and action of enzymes is covered in this lecture.


This is the final lecture covering chemical level of structural organization. Topics discussed in this lecture include:

  1. Chemicals constituting body
  2. Acids, bases and salts
  3. Scale (pH) to measure acidity and alkalinity
  4. Buffers
  5. Organic compounds of human body (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids)
30 questions

Assess yourself on chemical level of structural organization of the body. Review the subject matter from downloaded handout and videos and then attempt this quiz. No contribution to final grade but will prepare you for upcoming evaluations.It will allow you to discover concept areas which need further study efforts.


This video lecture introduces the cellular and tissue levels of body organization. The structure of cell membrane is explained in necessary depth and processes involved in the movement of substances across the cell membrane are introduced to the student. A downloadable handout is supplementing the information given in the text book. Students will be tested on this information.


The following features are covered in this video lecture of cellular and tissue level of structural organization:

  1. nucleus
  2. cytoplasm and organelles
  3. organization of body cells into tissues
  4. features of 4 types of tissues and some related medical conditions.
23 questions

Quiz yourself to see if you understanding the concepts of cells and tissues. This will expose you to areas where you need to strengthen your studies.


This is the final level of structural organization of human body. Grouping of tissues into organs and organs teaming to make a body system is explained. The student is introduced to major body systems and constituent organs. The concept of homeostasis is taught by explaining the distribution of body water into various compartments, what makes internal environment and homeostatic controls. Finally, negative and positive feedback loops are explained

10 questions

This is to quiz yourself on the above topic and assess if you are understanding the concepts. Strengthen your weak areas by reinforcing your studies.


This important lecture explains body cavities, divisions of vertebral column, abdominal quadrants and regions, and directional and positional terms. Sectional planes are described in context with diagnostic imaging techniques which are introduced to the student. A downloadable handout on imaging techniques is available for the student. New medical terms introduced in Chapter 2 with their breakup is given in a separate handout. The handout outlines steps to break medical words and then define them. The student is expected to work in the text book and then match their answers with the key provided.

12 questions

Anatomical Terminology consists of tools for learning anatomy and physiology. This will make a solid foundation for understanding medical language. This set of questions is designed to test your understanding of these tools. Reinforce your weak study areas.

32 questions

This quiz is based upon material presented in chapter 2. This includes material presented in the book and in the handouts and lectures. Students are expected to come thoroughly prepared. This quiz is contributing to your final grade.

Section 3: Suffixes (Chapter 3)

This video lecture introduces the suffixes listed in the text and their context of usage in various medical terms. An in depth explanation of medical terms and conditions has been given wherever needed. All other suffixes listed in the text book had been decoded and provided to the student as a .pdf document. It is expected that the student will work through the worksheets in the text book and match their work with the solution provided. Students will be tested on all information presented in videos.


Suffixes part B is continuation of previous lecture. More suffixes are explained and relevant medical information is given. This will increase the knowledge base of the student and medical terms understood in right context.


This lecture consists of final set of suffixes from the text. Associated medical conditions have been explained to give a solid knowledge base and right context of usage of medical terms. The student should review chapter 3 from text book, thoroughly understand information given in video lectures to attempt graded quiz which follows.

25 questions

A comprehensive set of questions to assess student understanding of suffixes and all related medical conditions discussed in this chapter. The questions are specifically designed to measure depth of understanding and areas of study in need of reinforcement.

Section 4: Prefixes (Chapter 4)

In this lecture I have fully described the first set of prefixes in the text book along with associated medical conditions. The student is expected to learn the concepts and then complete the worksheets in the text book as all prefixes are explained in the video lectures.


In this video lecture another set of prefixes is explained in a similar pattern as in previous lecture.


Study of prefixes and associated medical conditions continued.


I have explained last set of prefixes from text book. All associated medical conditions are discussed.

Chapter 4 Assessment (Graded)
25 questions
10 pages

This handout is designed to review principles of medical terminology. A set of assignments will help students to assess their depth of understanding word components and governing principles of terminology. The handout is downloadable and it is expected that the student will work and match their answers to the key provided which is not downloadable. If necessary, areas requiring further study should be strengthened before writing final quiz of this section.


Short questionnaire to elicit evaluation from students.

Principles of Medical Terminology Final Quiz (Graded Chapter 1-4)
50 questions

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Instructor Biography

Parveen Inayat, Healthcare and MS Office Applications instructor at Udemy.

Parveen Inayat graduated from King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan with a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery. After doing her US accreditation, spent many successful years of family practice with special interest in diagnostic imaging and internal medicine. Settled in the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta and engaged in teaching allied health care programs like medical office assistants, unit clerks, massage therapy and pharmacy technicians for more than a decade. In 2003, did a diploma program in business computers and office accounting. In 2011 joined University of Athabasca to do a one year program in Anatomy & Physiology and obtained A+ grade. Currently, holding MS certification in Word 2007 and 2010 and very proficient in all other office applications.

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