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What level is this course?
Level 2 - intermediate
How long will this course take?
Approximately 6-8 hours
What are the course aims?
This course aims to give a thorough grounding in medical terminology pertaining to the musculoskeletal system.
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What is this course about?
Topic 1 - Anatomy and Physiology:
The musculoskeletal system consists of the bones of the skeleton and the muscles that cover these bones. In this topic, we look at the names of the bones in the human skeleton and the structure of bones and joints. We explore the different types of muscle and look at the connective tissues. We introduce root words that are used to build musculoskeletal terms.
Patients with musculoskeletal diseases and conditions will present with a range of signs and symptoms and in this topic we explore the terms used to describe some of these. We also introduce terms describing tests and procedures used to investigate and diagnose musculoskeletal disease.
In this topic, we introduce some common diseases affecting the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. We learn some of the prefixes and suffixes that are used to build conditions and diseases terminology and practice using these to build medical terms.
In this topic, we explore cancers affecting the musculoskeletal system, including cancers of the bones and the soft tissues. We introduce some prefixes and suffixes used to build and analyse oncology terminology.
In this topic, we look at terms describing surgery and procedures used to treat the diseases and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system.
In this topic, we look at drugs used to treat conditions and diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system.
Medical notes, patient histories and prescriptions will all contain medical acronyms, symbols and abbreviations. This topic contains a list of commonly used musculoskeletal abbreviations and acronyms.
Who should do this course?
This course is aimed at anyone wanting to learn musculoskeletal terminology, including medical secretaries and transcriptionists; medical and nursing students; students studying for professions allied to medicine; students whose first language is not English who are interested in studying medicine in an English-speaking country; and anyone who is interested in learning more about the language of medicine.
What will I be expected to do?
The course is divided into seven topics. We suggest you start with Topic 1 - Anatomy and Physiology, as this topic introduces you to many important root words. You can then work through the other topics in order, or pick the ones that most interest you. There are activities and quizzes throughout the course to help you reinforce your learning and to let you practice identifying, analysing and building medical terms. Each topic will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour to work through. There is a word list in the useful resources section below, containing all the terms covered in this course, which you can download and print. The list has spaces for you to add other useful musculoskeletal medical terms that you encounter.
Do I need any prior learning for this course?
You should work through Introduction to Medical Terminology before beginning this course. This is a free course that introduces the basic building blocks of medical terminology.
How do I purchase a course
Go to mondofacto courses to purchase the course. To register, you will be asked to provide an email address and give some basic information about yourself, such as your name and your country of residence. Please rest assured that we take your privacy seriously and we will not pass your details on to any third party. Course payment can be made using PayPal. This is a secure and reliable payment method; you can find out more about PayPal here.
Once you have registered for the course and made your course fee payment, you will be able to access the course at any time for a period of six months from the date of purchase.
What materials are included?
This course contains online content and interactive quizzes and activities. There is a list of all the terms covered in the course for you to download, print out and add to.
What are the computing requirements?
You will need internet access and a computer. If you have purchased a new computer since 2002 it should meet your course computing requirements.
What support is available?
Academic support: this is a self-study course, so there is no academic support available.
How will I assess my progress?
This course contains activities that will allow you test yourself and assess your progress.
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How often does this course run?
This course runs continuously. You can join at any time.
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