PHAR 1002: Medical Terminology

Course Details


  • Self-paced online course
  • Accelerated 10-week schedule
  • 2 credits
  • Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course is open to any student with an interest in the subject.

Course Materials
Textbook: Allan, D. M., & Lockyer, K. D. (2014). Medical language for modern health care (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780073513720

The online Connect access is an optional study aid for this course.

Course Director
Jody Lounsbery, PharmD, BCPS

Course Description

Interested in learning the difference between an antigen and an antibiotic? During this course, you will not only increase your medical vocabulary by more than 2500 words at your own pace, you will also learn to identify and articulately describe a wide variety of medical conditions and processes. Communication related to disease states, procedures, and diagnostics in health care can sometimes seem like another language. This course will help you recognize medical abbreviations, relate terms to procedures and diagnostics, and comprehend the meaning of medical terminology by using word elements. If you are interested in learning more about the health care field or your own medical care, this course is a great place to start.

Special Textbook Information:

"Medical Language for Modern Health Care, 3rd edition" is the required textbook for this course, but buying access to the associated Connect site is optional. Connect includes interactive practice exercises and self-tests to aid in studying. You can purchase an electronic copy of the textbook with access to Connect for $90 on the Moodle course site, which is opened the week before each semester begins.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify, define, and spell prefixes, suffixes, root words, combining forms, medical terms, and abbreviations
  • Construct medical terms by using word elements
  • Recognize terms of selected structures and systems, functions and conditions of the body
  • Relate terms related to disorders, pathologies, surgical operations, diagnostics, and therapeutic procedures and interventions


  • Roots and Combining Forms 
  • Suffixes and Prefixes 
  • Word Analysis and Communication 
  • The Body as a Whole 
  • Digestive System 
  • Urinary System 
  • Male Reproductive System 
  • Female Reproductive System 
  • Nervous System 
  • Cardiovascular System 
  • Blood 
  • Lymphatic and Immune System 
  • Respiratory System 
  • Musculoskeletal System 
  • Integumentary System 
  • Special Senses of the Eye and Ear 
  • Endocrine System