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Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology

Online 60-hour course

This course gives you the basic medical terminology vocabulary  to communicate information effectively in a medical environment.

Learn medical words, identifying suffixes, prefixes and combining forms related to body systems. Prepare to write the Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority) Medical Terminology exam. 

This course meets prerequisite for Nursing Unit Assistant (also referred to as Hospital Unit Coordinator), Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, and Medical Office Assistant certificate programs. You receive a statement of course completion when successfully finish the course. 

This is an intensive course with about eight hours of homework per module.

Please provide your email address when registering.

See Medical terminology Frequently Asked Questions


The Language of Medicine, 12th Edition with Med Term Online Course Access code and Adapting quiz (with user guide, course access code, access code to Evolve resources and textbook), by Davi-Ellen Chabner. 

You can buy the textbook online through the VIU Campus Store (Nanaimo). Make sure you pick up the online course edition. This textbook bundle includes 2 access codes:

  1. access code to supplementary online resources (value $150) 
  2. the course access code for the instructor-led course  (value $90)

If you need the text delivered to another VIU campus store, please contact the store at your location campus at least 2 weeks before your course start.

If you buy the textbook (online course edition) somewhere else, be sure you have the textbook bundle which includes both access codes. You can also purchase the course access code separately at the Evolve website for approximately $90. 

See the Medical Terminology Course syllabus

Recommended: a recent medical dictionary (3 years old or less) such as Tabers Medical Dictionary “Plain” or Stedman's Medical Dictionary. Note: Tabers Medical Dictionary is available online - current annual subscription fee is $29.95 USD.

Course schedule

OSME 002 - Shelley Trimblett

2024 Course intakes

  • S24W70: Jan 8 - April 21. Late Registration available until Jan 26
  • I24W70: Apr 29 - Aug 11. Late Registration available until May 17
  • F24W70: Aug 19 - Dec 1. Late Registration available  until Sept 6

Tuition: $479
Textbook: approx. $226 (subject to change)

Register Now for online Medical Terminology course

Refund policy

You must withdraw 2 weeks before the course starts to be eligible for a refund. Extenuating circumstances may be considered for partial refund if the request is made later. Note that we are unable to issue refunds after this deadline.

For questions or help with the registration process for the online course, please email Erin.Johnson@viu.ca and Xochitl.Hernandez@viu.ca, or contact us by phone: 1.877.888.8890 (Toll free) | 604.485.2878 (Powell River) | 604.485.2868 (Fax)