Take a journey through the human body and learn medical terminology related to all 11 of its organ systems. In this course, we discuss diseases of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, nervous, skeletal, muscular, integumentary (skin), urinary, digestive, and male and female reproductive systems. We also go over different diagnostic and treatment procedures for each system. As you progress through the course, you’ll learn the meaning of many prefixes, root words, and suffixes, and you’ll greatly increase your medical terminology vocabulary!
To reinforce your learning, the lessons include activities and assignments designed to give you additional practice in understanding and remembering the medical terminology taught in this course. By the end of this course, you’ll find that you have greatly increased your knowledge of medical terminology as well as broadened your understanding of human disease!
Lesson 1 & 2
Begin by reviewing the major functions and organs of the cardiovascular system. You’ll gain a solid grasp of the terminology and move on to a discussion of terminology related to disorders, diagnoses, and treatments related to this essential organ system. Then, go over medical terminology related to the lymphatic system, immunity, and cancer.
Lesson 3 & 4
In this lesson, you’ll learn the names and functions of the organs of both the upper and lower tracts of the respiratory system. Then, you’ll explore terminology related to the functions, structures, and disorders of the nervous system.
Lesson 5 & 6
In this lesson, you learn terminology related to the glands and hormones of the endocrine system, some of its disorders, diagnostic procedures, and treatment. Then, you’ll go over terminology related to the skeletal system’s structures, as well as disorders, diagnostic procedures, and treatment of the bones, joints, and spine.
Lesson 7 & 8
In this lesson, you’ll review terminology related to problems with the muscular system, diagnostic procedures, and several types of treatment. Then, learn terminology related to disorders of both the skin and its accessory organs, as well as diagnostic procedures and treatment.
Lesson 9 & 10
In this lesson, you’ll learn medical terminology related to a number of disorders of the urinary system, their diagnoses, and treatment. Then, cover terminology related to diseases of the digestive system’s organs, as well as terminology related to both diagnostic and treatment procedures.
Lesson 11 & 12
In this lesson, you’ll briefly review the functions of the male reproductive system as well as the organs that make up this system. Then you’ll cover terminology related to disorders of both the external and internal male reproductive organs, diagnostic procedures, and treatment options. You will learn a brief overview of the organs of the female reproductive systems and their functions. You’ll review over medical terminology related to disorders of the organs of this system, as well as disorders related to the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Lastly, you will learn terminology related to diagnosing disorders of this system and a number of different treatments.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
How does it work?
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
What if I need an extension?
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.