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Medical Terminology & Healthcare Careers

Whether you have a specific healthcare career in mind or are still exploring your career options in this field, start preparing now and get ahead of the competition!

Admission to college healthcare programs (e.g. medical assisting, surgical technology, occupational or physical therapy, and many others) is very competitive. Many colleges require a biomedical terminology course as a prerequisite to admission to such programs. With an opportunity to earn dual credit for a comprehensive biomedical terminology course and overview of health science pathways and careers, this program can be your head start!* As an added benefit, you will learn basic healthcare skills, too.

What will my classes be like?

You will learn extensive biomedical terminology as it relates to each body system and to healthcare careers and medical specialties. Classes are taught by a licensed registered nurse and guest speakers may include other healthcare professionals. You will learn and apply your knowledge through a combination of multimedia assignments, interactive Smartboard activities, authentic lab activities, word games and case studies. In addition to strengthening science and language arts skills through anatomy and medical terminology, you will explore select medical math topics and learn job-seeking skills.

The knowledge and skills gained here can increase your likelihood of success as you continue your healthcare education -- and the dual credit you can earn may put you a step ahead of the competition as you pursue your dream!

*Students must maintain a grade of "C", meet all college requirements and attend for the full year to be eligible to earn dual credit.


The primary focus of the program is a comprehensive review of biomedical terminology. The secondary focus is healthcare career exploration to assist students in making educated career decisions. In addition, all students will strengthen academic skills (i.e. language arts, science, math) and employment-related skills.
Comprehensive Biomedical Terminology Coursework (dual credit opportunity)
  • Basic Word Structure
  • Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole
  • Suffixes/Prefixes
Terms & Procedures Pertaining to:
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Male Reproductive System
  • Nervous System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Blood System
  • Lymphatic & Immune System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Integumentary System
  • Terms Pertaining to Sense Organs (Eye/Ear)
  • Endocrine System
  • Oncology
  • Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry & other medical specialties
 Health Care Career Exploration (dual credit opportunity)
Overview of Various Careers in the following Health Science Pathways:
  • Diagnostic (i.e. radiology; ultrasound; lab careers)
  • Therapeutic (i.e. nursing; physical therapy; massage therapy)
  • Health Informatics (i.e. billing & coding; unit clerk)
  • Support Services (i.e. biotechnology technician; sterile processing)
  • Biotechnology Research & Development (i.e. scientist; geneticist)

Employment Skills

  • Career assessments
  • Résumé & Portfolio development
  • Employment applications, job search & interviewing skills
Instructor: Dr. Verlainna Callentine