Medical Terminology

Course Number: SAH-002
Course Hours: 75
Assigned Course Preparation Hours: 19

Course Description

Medical Terminology refers to a set of specialized words that Healthcare professionals use to promote effective communication. Many of these words are composed of Greek and Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes, building blocks that help you decipher and remember medical terms. This course helps allied health students learn and practice both general medical terms and those associated with each human body system.

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze words by dividing them into component parts.
  2. Relate the medical terms to the structure and function of the human body.
  3. Become aware of spelling and pronunciation problems.

Educational Resources

This course is based on The Language of Medicine. It is delivered via the NTI Canvas LMS.


Refer to the Student Catalog and Handbook for the full list of policies.

Assessment Weights

Class Participation: 10%
Homework: 10%
Quizzes: 30%
Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 30%


ModuleTopicDuration (hours)
1Basic Word Structure4
2Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole4
5Digestive System4
6Additional Suffixes and Digestive System Terminology4
7Urinary System
8Female Reproductive System3
9Male Reproductive System3
10Nervous System3
11Cardiovascular System3
12Respiratory System3
13Blood System3
Midterm Exam1
14Lymphatic and Immune Systems3
15Musculoskeletal System3
17Musculoskeletal System3
18Endocrine System3
19Cancer Medicine (Oncology)3
20Radiology and Nuclear Medicine3
Final Exam1