Information For Managers

Our Medical Terminology Online course has been developed using skills and knowledge acquired over years of classroom teaching experience. We estimate that the entire course would take an average student between 15 – 20 hours. The course is presented in modular form, each section achievable in about an hour. The information presented is Relevant and Enjoyable

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and recognise basic word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
  • Understand some basic anatomy.
  • Have an insight into some basic endocrinology and haematology*
  • Define terms relating to the musculoskeletal system.
  • Understand many common abbreviations.
  • Define terms relating to ear, nose and throat.
  • Define terms relating to the respiratory system.
  • Define terms relating to the cardiovascular system.
  • Define terms relating to the digestive system and general medicine.
  • Define terms relating to the male and female reproductive systems.
  • Define terms relating to the kidney and urinary system.
  • Define terms relating to the male and female reproductive systems, and
  • Demonstrate understanding by taking a final assessment.

* These areas of medical terminology are not presented as separate modules but the subject matter is integrated into the most appropriate module headings . Back to General FAQ

Medical Terminology Course Content

The course is presented in 10 modules which include information on the following:

  • The structure of medical words
  • Common general abbreviations and Subject specific abbreviations
  • Orthopaedics
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Subject specific abbreviations are covered with the relevant topic module
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • General Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Nephrology and Urology
  • Endocrinology and Haematology
  • Revision

Teaching methods

The student is in control of the pace of learning.

  • Short, good quality video presentations in a modular format.
  • Course content presented verbally and written in a unique, relevant and engaging format.
  • Video can be paused at any time for those wishing to take notes, or view content at a more leisurely pace.
  • After each presentation interactive exercises and games are available to reinforce learning in a fun and interesting way.
  • A short quiz at the end of each module to establish learning has taken place.
  • There are 10 Modules. Most modules can be completed in about an hour, making access to learning practical and realistic for those in the work place, or studying alone. The longer modules are divided into 30- 40 minute chunks to aid learning and for convenience . Back to General FAQ

Types of learners – Learning Styles

There are many different educational models describing how individuals learn. If we take (Fleming’s VAK /WARK Model of 2001) there are five types of learners / learning styles.

Visual Learners, Auditory Learners, Readers, tactile and multi style learners.

Our course has been designed to accommodate all these types of learners in the following ways:

  • Visual Learners–Our medical terminology course includes video presentations, diagrams, and pictures with written and spoken explanations to assist with pronunciation. Many of the word examples are broken down into component parts both visually and verbally to compliment this learning style.
  • Auditory Learners – Our medical terminology course includes audio which will appeal to this type of learner, and assist with pronunciation. Video as well as written information will complement the learning .
  • Readers / Writers– The whole course is written in text, words are broken down into component parts with audio to help pronunciation. The ability to pause the course content to take notes would be an additional benefit to this learning style. Visuals in the form of video, diagrams and pictures are complimentary to this style of learner .
  • Tactile (Kinesthetic) learners – Our medical terminology course is very hands on. The student is in control of the video presentations and can pause, move forward or back throughout the video. Pictures, diagrams and personal anecdotes are used in the course. These will appeal to this type of learning style. All the exercises and games are interactive and these are designed to facilitate and reinforce learning.
  • Multimodal learners – Individuals who use many methods to learn – According to Fleming this is about 60% of the population! Our course will appeal to all learning style preferences. Most individuals have a couple of favoured ways of learning and our course should meet these needs.
  • All styles of learners – The learner is in charge of the pace at which they choose to progress. The learner has control of the video presentations and can pause at any time, perhaps to take notes. The video can easily be moved backwards or forwards to revisit certain points again. The modular layout, with each section achievable in about an hour means that nothing is too ‘heavy going’ and concentration levels are not stretched beyond enjoyment! The longer modules are divided into 30- 40 minute chunks to aid learning and for convenience.
  • The exercises – The medical terminology course exercises are interactive adding a sense of involvement to the learning process as well as providing some extra fun! Many people love to do a word search or crossword puzzle and these features regularly within the course. Many people do not like these particular pastimes, but for these there is a variety of other interactive games and exercises to keep them happy!

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The Level of the TalkMedical Online Course content

The course is designed for all levels of ability.

Our extensive testing process asked users to define their level of knowledge of medical terminology before attempting the course. The results were very interesting:

A lot of knowledge of medical terms:

Nicola who described herself as having a lot of knowledge said the following about the course:

“I found the course content very detailed and interesting and realised it did enhance the understanding of medical terminology I already had – as they say “every day is a school day!”

A reasonable amount of knowledge of medical terms:

Louise who described herself as having a reasonable amount of knowledge said:

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was put together very well and easy to navigate my way around. The quiz was very testing at the end of the course but again most enjoyable. Would highly recommend to anybody wishing to improve on their medical knowledge

No knowledge of medical terms:

Natasha, a medical secretary working in a GP surgery, declared herself to have no knowledge of medical terminology before starting the TalkMedical Online Medical Terminology course said the following on completing the course:

“Great course. Lovely to have someone talking you through it, the diagrams are really useful and let you understand the meaning of a word, rather than just learning the word. It’s nice to be able to stop and start and go back if you need to. “

This course is appropriate for all those wishing to learn medical terminology no matter what their prior knowledge of the subject.

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  • The Final Quiz assessment at the end of the Medical Terminology course provides a demonstration of learning that has taken place. No ‘pass’ mark is set, but a certificate of completion gives the final grade achieved.
  • For those wanting a pass mark, this can be set at whatever percentage they choose and communicated to the student group.

Accessing the course

It is a simple process to access TalkMedical Online courses. Once payment is made a simple login code or codes are given to you in an e-mail. Go to the website and click on learning centre on the top menu

From here just follow the clear instructions to use your login information to access the course.

Navigation within the course

Once in the ‘holding pen’ for the course, you will find that everything has clear and easy to understand instructions. We have made the ‘getting about / navigation’ through the course as simple as possible so that you are not wasting your time finding where things are or what to do next! If you find that you are having trouble we have created Users Tips section – which is very easy to find! Here you will find many useful tips, both in text and using screen shots, or pictures of the actual screen you are looking at, and short video presentations, to assist you with finding your way around! We really understand the need for simplicity and clear explanations

Managing and Supporting Students

The manager reporting system provides the following information:

  • Last login time and date – this is available for the manager to find as part of the Gradebook function. Once logged into the course it is advisable for the manager looks at the Users Tips section to find out how to view this information.

This last logged in information is useful to monitor the access the student is allowing themselves to the course. It can also be a way of ensuring that any time allocated for learning with TalkMedical Online has been used to access the course. From our website there is no possibility of e-mailing or contacting other students or individuals, our course is secure.

  • Performance Monitoring

Our Medical Terminology course has a built in a feature called Gradebook. There are two ways to see the student’s progress. The User Report and the more detailed Grader Report. In both reports the modular short quiz results are easily viewed enabling managers to see the grades of each student as well as the actual answers given. This can help to not only monitor progress through the course but also how much learning is being demonstrated. The final larger quiz results are available in the same way. From the Gradebook the manager can access the excel spread sheet download capability and choose to keep details about students’ progress.

  • Gradebook The Medical Terminology course has a feature that enables students to view the grades achieved by doing the quizzes at the end of each module as well as the grade achieved in the final longer end of course quiz. This feature is called the User Report and found in the heading Gradebook. Progress can be viewed in this very easy practical way.
  • Assessment – Learning is continually assessed at the end of each module using a short quiz. The final assessment is a much longer quiz covering all the topics within the course. The final mark achieved is out of a possible 100. See Pass mark below for further information.
  • Pass mark–We have set not pass mark for the final quiz. The final quiz is worth 100 points. This has been set deliberately to make it simple for you to determine your own ‘in house’ expected pass mark. We advise that should you choose to set a pass mark, you inform your students of this expected result before they begin the course.
  • Certification – The printable and downloadable certificate of completion contains the final score achieved presented in the following way:

certificate complete


  • Permanent records – An Excel worksheet of the grade results of each student or group of students can be downloaded for recording purposes. There is flexibility within this to pick the information you choose for this spread sheet. Information is available from the module quizzes and the final quiz at the end of the course.
  • After the course – The students have the opportunity to download or print a reminder booklet containing a lot of useful information they have been presented with throughout the course. We recommend that this document is used as a resource in the work place and the student can add new words etc. that they learn through time to ensure that the booklet continues to serve a useful purpose.
  • Evidence of increased skill after completing the TalkMedical Online Medical Terminology course – As a result of the testing process one manager Nicola a General Practice business manager said the following :

‘ I was chatting to one of my staff who had completed the medical terminology course and she said how much she enjoyed the course and how much easier it has made her medical typing role’


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