HLTH 1981
Medical Terminology

3.0 Credits


This course uses a systematic approach to teach medical terminology to those who plan to be involved in or are already engaged in the medical, dental, nursing, veterinary, allied health fields. It also gives the student a basic understanding of body systems, anatomical structures, medical processes and procedures, and diseases.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of building, defining and pronouncing medical terms.
  • Define the terms "levels of organization," "anatomical position," and "planes of the body," and understand directional terms and abbreviations associated with the whole body.
  • Identify the components of the major body systems and describe their functions.
  • Identify the major organs, structures and accessory components of the special sensory systems and describe their functions.
  • Describe common pathologic conditions and laboratory tests associated with the major body systems.
  • Recognize and define terms related to the major body systems.
  • Identify common medical laboratory abbreviations and acronyms.
  • Identify common System International (SI) and metric measurements used in the medical laboratory.

Course Outline

  • Module A: Basic Elements of Medical Word Building
  • Module B: Terms Used to Describe Body Structure
  • Module C: Integumentary System
  • Module D: Digestive System
  • Module E: Respiratory System
  • Module F: Describe the Cardiovascular System
  • Module G: Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems
  • Module H: Musculoskeletal System
  • Module I: Urinary System
  • Module J: Female Reproductive System
  • Module K: Male Reproductive System
  • Module L: Endocrine System
  • Module M: Nervous System
  • Module N: Special Senses
  • Module O: Terms of Measurement Used in the Medical Laboratory

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Glylys, B.A., Wedding, M.E. Medical Terminology Systems: A Body Systems Approach (with access code). (8th edition). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company, 2017.
Type: Textbook, ISBN 978-0-8036-5867-7

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the course overall, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Midterm 1: Modules A and B 20%
Midterm 2: Modules C, D, E, F, G and H 20%
Midterm 3: Modules I, J, K, L, M and N 20%
Final Examination * 40%
Total 100%

* Mandatory