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AHMS144.50 – Medical Terminology Dual Credit

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Medical Terminology is the study of the principles of medical word building using root words, prefixes, and suffixes with emphasis on spelling, pronunciation, and definitions.  The course introduces the student to the specialized language of the medical profession, builds a background vocabulary in this area, and provides a solid foundation for understanding and using medical terms. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Medical Terminology includes lessons on anatomy, physiology, and terminology related to the reproductive systems and the specialties that care for them (especially Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology). These lessons are not optional, nor is there an opt-out option for any of the lessons in this course. If you find them objectionable, please enroll in an alternative elective.


Intended for incoming high school junior or senior students

MTDA strongly recommends students complete Anatomy and Physiology (through MTDA or another program) prior to enrolling. MTDA finds that students who have a strong understanding of human body systems and anatomy are more successful in this college-level course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Medical Terminology Public Syllabus

Required Materials:


Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Leslie Pendergast, Columbia Falls School District,