Medical Terminology Program

North Orange County ROP Medical Terminology

What is Medical Terminology?

Learning the Language of Health Care

The North Orange County ROP Medical Terminology course teaches what the terms are and how they are applicable in a health care setting. This course  provides a high level of training that acts as both a refresher and preparatory course for students pursuing careers in Medical Assisting. Students will develop a foundational understanding of anatomy vocabulary and the terminology of body systems. The course is a hybrid instruction where learning takes place both in a traditional classroom and online classroom instruction. All course materials will be provided in order to support and prepare students for success towards a lifelong rewarding career.

Course Outcome:

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible for the North Orange County ROP Medical Assistant, Nurse Assistant, and Vocational Nurse Training Programs.

This course is approved by the California Department of Education and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Medical Assistant Pathway

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to anatomical vocabulary and the terminology of body systems. The fundamentals of word stems, prefixes, and suffixes used in medicine, as well as anatomical and physiological terms, are taught. Learning takes place through a hybrid method combining traditional and online classroom instruction. Students receive direct instruction and complete applied requirements of the course inside the classroom while learning course content outside the classroom via an online learning system. Students should have access to a computer with an operating online browser.


Recommended basic computer knowledge including Google and Microsoft programs

Course Outcome:

This course is a required prerequisite for Medical Assistant Training Program and Vocational Nurse Training Program

*Medical Assistant: Clinical & Administrative is an optional prerequisite for the Vocational Nurse Training Program

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM NOCROP: All courses and facility training partners will follow COVID-19 safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Governor’s office, California Department of Public Health, and the Orange County Health Care AgencyRecommendations may include, but are not limited to, full COVID-19 vaccination status before participating in onsite clinical training or externships. Please take this into consideration prior to enrolling/registering for classes.

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