Is This for You?

This course is ideal for anyone who is wanting to work within a GP Practice, hospital or any other medical establishment and who wants to quickly learn the terminology that is frequently used. So if you’re wanting to become a Medical Secretary, Medical Office Manager or work in a Medical Records Department, knowing the terminology will help you quickly get to grips with the systems.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 35 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
35 hours or 1 week full-time study

About This Course

The medical profession is one of the most rewarding industries to work in – it is also very unique.

Comprising 15 comprehensive and interactive lessons, this course has been developed to help you get under the skin of commonly used medical terminology across a wide range of disciplines including biology, cardiology, psychology and many more. You will be guided through each speciality step-by-step and learn how seemingly complicated medical jargon is built up from word roots, prefixes and suffixes, so this language becomes second nature to you.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to add the renowned Pitman Training accolade to add to your CV, a sure sign to employers that you have been trained to the highest possible standard.


• Flexibility of self-paced training methods

• Variety of exercises to aid the learning process

• Interactive PowerPoint presentations created for each speciality

• The opportunity to gain the widely recognised Pitman Training certification.

• Progression to gaining AMSPAR Level 2 Award and/or the Level 3 Certificate in Medical Terminology qualifications.

There are 15 lessons within this course, each covering a different medical speacialism:

  • Module 1: Overview of the medical specialities, introduction to word units.
  • Module 2: Structure of the body, cells tissues, organs and systems.
  • Module 3: Orthopaedics.
  • Module 4: Cardiology.
  • Module 5: The Respiratory System.
  • Module 6: Female Reproduction.
  • Module 7: Male Reproduction.
  • Module 8: Urology.
  • Module 9: Gastroenterology.
  • Module 10: The Lymphatic System and Immunology.
  • Module 11: Dermatology.
  • Module 12: Neurology
  • Module 13: Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Module 14: Ophthalmology and ENT
  • Module 15: Prescription and drug abbreviations. Consolidation of terminology covered in the course.

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Aims and Objectives

Through a series of self-paced, comprehensive lessons you’ll work through each medical specialism and learn the terminology frequently used within each area. You’ll learn how the words are formed and become so familiar with it that it becomes second nature to you.

The course will take you to such a level that you’ll also be well placed to go on to achieve AMSPAR Level 2 Award and/or Level 3 Award in Medical Terminology qualification (additional home study is recommended).


There are no specific pre-requisites required.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

Learning in-depth medical terminology will be of an advantage to anyone working within the medical industry. If you’re keen to work as a Medical Administrator or Medical Secretary.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.