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An Overview of Medical Terminology

Course Overview

This online course aims to help the learner understand medical terminology by presenting effective ways to remember them, their meaning and what they relate to.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Develop effective ways to remember medical terms; and
  • Understand how to break medical terms into roots, prefixes and suffixes

This course is the first in a series of terminology courses covering various topics across the medical sector. To find out about future terminology courses click here to register your interest.

Course Details

Lesson Plan

  • Introduction
  • How are medical terms structured?
  • Suffixes
  • Root words
  • Combining vowels
  • Prefixes

Target Audience

This course is aimed at anybody who engages in activities that require a basic understanding of medical terms.


It is estimated that this module will take approximately 45-60 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completing of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

Easy to access and navigate
03/02/2017 AM
Easy to understand and was able to go back to learn what I had missed the first time
04/05/2016 BP
I found the breaking down of the medical terminology very good
14/04/2016 JG
I thought this was very user friendly and not too complicated to person who use the computer less.
29/03/2016 BD
it went through the most common terms, and encouraged you to note them down. it allowed plenty of attempts to practice my understanding.
27/02/2016 NJ
Was easy to access at home and was another competency to add to my revalidation file.
07/01/2016 TT
Gave more of an insight to medical terminology and the break-down of the words
SS 04/08/2015
It simplifies the process of learning terminology and the visual aids where particularly useful
TN 15/04/2015
I enjoyed doing this course and the test at the end. I found it quite easy but I feel that this course would be of great benefit to those in training or in their first/second year post graduation. It is always good to revisit knowledge gained over the years to make sure that I am still using the terms correctly
MD 11/03/2015

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943-605976.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 45-60 hours.

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