Introduction to Medical Terminology (CM1020)

Author(s): Claudia Moore RN, QPCM, CCM

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CE Broker Provider, Delaware BON

Credit Hours: 2

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This course presents a basic introduction to medical terminology. We will discuss the three word parts of a medical term and provide useful examples. 

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the three word parts of a medical term and employ useful examples of each.

  2. Explain the use of a combining vowel and provide two examples of a combining form.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
    • Stems, Prefixes, and Suffixes

  2. Basic Components of Medical Terms

    STEMS Pertaining to the Musculoskeletal System
    STEMS Pertaining to the Integumentary System
    STEMS Pertaining to the Respiratory System
    STEMS Pertaining to the Digestive System
    STEMS Pertaining to the Accessory Organs of Digestion
    STEMS Pertaining to the Cardiovascular System
    STEMS Pertaining to the Hematopoietic and Lymphatic Systems
    STEMS Pertaining to the Endocrine System
    STEMS Pertaining to the Nervous System and Psychiatric Disorders
    STEMS Pertaining to the Genitourinary System
    STEMS Pertaining to Gynecology and Obstetrics
    STEMS Pertaining to the Sensory Organs


    PREFIXES Pertaining to Location
    PREFIXES Pertaining to Time
    PREFIXES Pertaining to Negation
    PREFIXES Pertaining to Amount or Comparison
    PREFIXES Pertaining to Color
    PREFIXES Pertaining to Size and Position
    PREFIXES Pertaining to Miscellaneous Items

  4. SUFFIXES - General Information and Diseases

    SUFFIXES Pertaining to Diagnosis
    SUFFIXES Pertaining to Operative Procedures
    SUFFIXES Pertaining to Symptoms


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