Learn medical terminology related to all 11 of the body's organ systems, with an emphasis on human disease, diagnostic procedures, and treatment techniques.
Take a journey through the human body and learn medical terminology related to all 11 of its organ systems. In this course, you'll learn about diseases of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, nervous, skeletal, muscular, integumentary (skin), urinary, digestive, and male and female reproductive systems. You'll also go over different diagnostic and treatment procedures for each system. As you progress through the course, you'll learn the meaning of many prefixes, root words, and suffixes, and you'll greatly increase your vocabulary!
To reinforce your learning, the lessons include activities and assignments designed to give you additional practice in understanding and remembering the medical terminology taught in this course. By the end of this course, you'll find that you have greatly increased your knowledge of medical terminology as well as broadened your understanding of human disease!
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Learn medical terminology related to all 11 of the body's organ systems, and review different diagnostic and treatment procedures for each system. This course includes lessons and activities designed to help you understand and remember the medical terminology you learn.
The Cardiovascular System
The course will begin with medical terminology related to the cardiovascular system. You'll start by reviewing the major functions and organs of the cardiovascular system and gain a solid grasp of the terminology related to this system's organs. You'll then move on to a discussion of terminology related to disorders, diagnoses, and treatments related to this essential organ system.
The Lymphatic System, Immunity, and Cancer
In this lesson, you'll go over medical terminology related to the lymphatic system, immunity, and cancer. The lesson will start out by covering the basic functions and organs of the lymphatic system, and you'll learn strategies your body uses to keep you well. It will also discuss the relationship between the immune system and cancer. Afterwards, it will go on to discuss terminology related to specific disorders, diagnostic procedures, and treatment of the organs of the lymphatic system, immunological disorders, and cancer.
The Respiratory System
In this lesson, you'll learn the names and functions of the organs of both the upper and lower tracts of the respiratory system. It will talk about this organ system's crucial role in getting oxygen to your tissues and removing carbon dioxide from your body, and you'll review a few of its other functions as well. The lesson will then discuss terminology related to specific disorders of the respiratory system, diagnostic procedures, and treatment.
The Nervous System
In this lesson, you'll explore terminology related to the functions, structures, and disorders of the nervous system. You'll learn that this system contains two divisions: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The lesson will also discuss terminology related to disorders of both these divisions of the nervous system, as well as diagnostic procedures and treatment.
The Endocrine System
The endocrine system consists of glands that secrete substances (called hormones) into the bloodstream. From there, hormones travel to target cells-cells that will be affected by particular hormones. Disorders of this system commonly occur and can cause people significant problems. This lesson will also discuss terminology related to the glands and hormones of this system, some of its disorders, diagnostic procedures, and treatment.
The Skeletal System
The skeletal system plays a number of important roles in the function of the human body, including movement, protection, blood cell production, support, and mineral and fat storage. Its structures often experience injuries and disease. This lesson will go over terminology related to the skeletal system's structures, as well as disorders, diagnostic procedures, and treatment of the bones, joints, and spine.
The Muscular System
The muscular system consists of muscle tissue, the fascia that surrounds muscles, and the tendons that attach muscles to bones. With over 600 muscles in the human body, disorders of this organ system are fairly common. This lesson will discuss terminology related to problems with this organ system, diagnostic procedures, and several types of treatment.
The Integumentary System
The integumentary system includes the largest single organ in your body—your skin, as well as sebaceous and sweat glands, hair, and nails. People often suffer from disorders of this organ system, and this lesson will cover terminology related to a number of them. It will discuss terminology related to disorders of both the skin and its accessory organs, as well as diagnostic procedures and treatment.
The Urinary System
One of your organ systems works hard to keep your blood from poisoning you by removing dangerous waste products and putting them into urine: the urinary system. This system contains just four different organs, but its proper function is essential to your health. This lesson will discuss medical terminology related to a number of disorders of the urinary system, their diagnoses, and treatment.
The Digestive System
The digestive system contains more organs that any other organ system. Some of those organs make up a passageway, called the alimentary canal, which allows food to pass from your mouth, down into your stomach, through your intestines, and then leave your body. Other organs, called accessory organs, secrete substances that help break down the food and liquids you ingest into molecules that your body can use. This lesson will cover terminology related to diseases of the digestive system's organs as well as terminology related to both diagnostic and treatment procedures.
The Male Reproductive System
The male reproductive system is made up of both external and internal reproductive organs. In this lesson, you'll briefly review the functions of the male reproductive system as well as the organs that make up this system. The lesson will then cover terminology related to disorders of both the external and internal male reproductive organs, diagnostic procedures, and treatment options.
The Female Reproductive System
This lesson will begin with a brief overview of the organs of the female reproductive systems and their functions. It will also go over medical terminology related to disorders of the organs of this system, as well as disorders related to the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. It will then discuss terminology related to diagnosing disorders of this system and a number of different treatments.
Holly Trimble earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in pediatric physical therapy from Boston University, and a master's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. After working as a physical therapist for many years, Trimble transitioned into teaching. She has lectured on health-related topics to all age groups and works as an adjunct instructor of anatomy and physiology. She received an Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award and is the author of "College Success Now!"