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Medical Terminology for the Health Sciences

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The Medical Terminology for the Health Sciences course teaches students the foundations of medical terminology including basic word structure, and terminology related to specific body systems and medical interventions.

Course at-a-glance

Who should take the Medical Terminology course?

This course is designed for anyone wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of the language of medicine, and those wishing to enter fields related to healthcare or health information. This course is eligible for exemption for those accepted to CHA Learning’s Health Information Management (HIM) program. 

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply biomedical terms encountered in health care documentation, including pronunciation and spelling
  • Apply medical abbreviations and acronyms found in health care documentation
  • Understand medical terms and conditions
  • Understand structural units of the body including cells, tissues, organs and systems, as they relate to medical terminology
  • Examine the anatomical structures, their location and associated physiological functions, for each tissue, organ, and body system
  • Demonstrate the course of a pathological condition in terms of etiology, clinical manifestations, changes in structure and function, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and prognosis
  • Identify the normal and abnormal results of the more common diagnostic interventions and relate them to pathological conditions
  • Explain the role of risk factors in health and disease
  • Identify various types of interventions and relate them to pathological conditions
  • Understand medical terms in their proper contexts, such as medical reports and records


There are no awards available for this course or program at this time. Click here to learn more about student awards.



To be successful in the Medical Terminology course, students should meet the following requirements.


English is the language of instruction for all CHA Learning courses. It is therefore recommended that students be competent in reading, writing and speaking English.


Students must have basic computer knowledge and internet navigation skills; and access to a computer with Windows 7 or higher.

Please note:

  • Students choosing to use Mac or Linux operating system must have experience using alternate remote access software.
  • CHA Learning staff can only assist Windows operating system users and provide technical support in relation to our website; we do not provide technical support for internet and/or basic computer use.

Other technical requirements:

Screen Resolution800x600 (minimum); 1024x768 (recommended)
Internet BrowserThe most recent version of one of the following:

Google Chrome
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Plug-insPop-up blocker: Disabled
Java Script: Enabled
Cookies: Enabled
Adobe Flash Player V13 (minimum)
Internet ConnectionBroadband (cable or DSL) connection required
SoftwareWord processing software AND Adobe Reader
OtherAccess to a scanner

Enrolment Process

There are no application prerequisites for this course. To enrol:

  1. Click on the enrol/apply button
  2. Add the product to your cart
  3. Create an account if you are new to CHA Learning or sign in to your existing account
  4. Complete the Billing Information page
  5. Enter your payment information, accept the terms and conditions and make your payment
  6. Within seven business days you will receive an email with instructions to access the course/program materials.


Students are evaluated on 21 chapter quizzes. Quizzes must be completed online and are self-marking. The quizzes are worth 50% of the overall course grade. Once all chapter quizzes have been completed, students will be able to access the final exam. The final exam is timed (2.5 hours) and a minimum grade of 50% is required to pass. The final exam is weighted at 50% of the overall course grade.

To achieve a certificate, students must achieve an overall average of 60% or more in the course.

Course Certificate

CHA Learning will award students a certificate for successful completion of the course.


This course can be taken in combination with Anatomy & Physiology and/or Pathophysiology.

This course meets the HIM Program entry requirement for a minimum grade 12 science. CHA Learning recommends taking Anatomy & Physiology as the admission credit.

Completion of this course prior to entry to the HIM program exempts the learner from taking this course again within the HIM curriculum.



  • $550 for Canadians
  • $750 for International Students

A textbook is also required, which students must buy independently. Find more information below.

All prices listed above are in CAD. Please note: Bulk registration discounts are available for groups. Please review the Group Enrolment information here.

Required Textbook

The required textbook must be purchased independently by the student, it is not included in the tuition price.

Book Title: The Language of Medicine, 11th Edition (2017) authored by Davi-Ellen Chabner

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:


  • 9780323370813


  • 9780323370875

All prices listed above are in CAD.

Please note: Bulk registration discounts are available for groups. Please review the Group Enrolment information here.


The Medical Terminology course is divided into the following 21 units:

  1. Basic Word Structure
  2. Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole
  3. Suffixes
  4. Prefixes
  5. Skin
  6. Musculoskeletal System
  7. Nervous System
  8. Sense Organs: The Eye and The Ear
  9. Endocrine System
  10. Blood System
  11. Cardiovascular System
  12. Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  13. Respiratory System
  14. Digestive System
  15. Urinary System
  16. Female Reproductive System
  17. Male Reproductive System
  18. Cancer Medicine (Oncology)
  19. Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  20. Pharmacology
  21. Psychiatry
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