Health Information Management

Medical Terminology for the Health Sciences Course



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.

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.

This course can be taken at the same time as Anatomy &Physiology and/or Pathophysiology

Why Take This Course?

  • Self-directed course delivered entirely online
  • Enrol anytime
  • Approximately 150 hours of learning, to be completed in up to 12 months
  • Course material comes from CHA Learning’s Health Information Management (HIM) program and eligible for an exemption in the full program
  • Supported by faculty

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, 12th Edition (2021) authored by Davi-Ellen Chabner

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:



  • Approximately 150 hours
  • Take up to 12 months to complete, at your own pace

We offer bundle discounts should you wish to enrol in multiple biomedical science courses (Anatomy &Physiology and/or Pathophysiology)

Course LoadBundle DiscountFee
210% Off$1,251
315% Off$1,772

International students, add 15% to the fees

Students must pay a $40 exam fee which covers both the midterm and final exam remote proctoring service.

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

  • Apply biomedical terms encountered in healthcare documentation, including pronunciation and spelling
  • Apply medical abbreviations and acronyms found in healthcare 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

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

Medical Terminology Course Quick FAQ

  • I’m interested in the Health Information Management Program. Will I be exempt from this course once I’m in the full program?

    Yes, completion of this course means you will not have to take it again in the Health Information Management Program.

  • Is this a comprehensive course?

    Yes, this course covers medical terminology related to all body systems and disease categories. It is a comprehensive course of study equivalent to a full credit/full year college course.

  • Can I use this course for transfer credit to other institutions?

    In some cases, yes. We recommend checking with the other institution prior to enrolling in CHA learning’s course to ensure equivalency.

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