Continuing education for nurses

Center for Lifelong Learning

Medical Terminology Training

Knowing medical language and basic structure and function of the human body is essential to working in the health care industry.

This introductory educational activity will help you communicate more effectively with doctors, nurses, or patients as you familiarize yourself with key terms commonly used. You’ll also learn more about common abnormalities, laboratory tests, procedures, medications, and abbreviations.

Complete this online course at your own pace and on your own time. The professor is available via email to check your progress, suggest additional study materials, and answer any questions you may have.

You will receive a certificate of completion after finishing the 20-25 hour non-credit course. Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • recognize the relationship of cells, tissues, and organs
  • name four main types of tissues
  • recognize directly terms and plane of the body
  • identify the body cavities
  • identify the four abdominal quadrants and nine abdominopelvic divisions
  • identify the major body systems
  • analyze medical terms and use proven strategies to understand unfamiliar terms

Registration Process

The Medical Terminology Training course is designed for students who may benefit from learning medical language and basic structure and function of the human body, including those with roles in information technology, public relations/marketing, medical scheduling and billing, and administrative and support staff. Anyone can register for this course. 

Register Online

Application Deadlines

The Medical Terminology Course has rolling admissions. Register anytime and complete the online coursework at your own pace.

Required Textbooks

  • Stanfield, P., Hui, Y.H., Cross, N. (2013). Essential Medical Terminology. (4th). Jones & Bartlett.

    *Book can be purchased at the URMC bookstore.

Course Cost

The total cost of the course is $299.
  • Group discounts and departmental pay options are available for students not using tuition benefits. Call (585) 275-0446 for details.

Program Duration

This online course is divided into modules with readings, lectures and activities. It takes 20 to 25 hours to complete.