There are many academic institutions that offer online medical terminology courses, including DeVry University, University of Phoenix and Penn Foster Career School. Depending on the institution, the course may be free or the student pays tuition at a rate set by the school, says Penn Foster Career School.
Other institutions that offer online medical terminology courses include Kaplan University, Grand Canyon University, Herzing University and Capella University. However, many local community colleges can offer similar courses online and potentially at a lower rate than nationally recognized academic institutions. For example, the National Center for Education Statistics offers several tools to help potential students find different academic institutions that offer courses and degree programs like medical terminology.
Online medical terminology courses can be stand-alone classes that anyone with an interest in learning medical terminology can take, or they can include a succession of courses in pursuit of a certificate, degree program or continuing education, states the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Depending on the institution, a medical terminology course can satisfy an admission requirement into certificates and degrees like medical billing and coding, says AAPC.
The completion of an online medical terminology course is not just for people looking to break into or advance in some branch of the medical industry, however. These courses cover basic medical terms that can aid people in understanding basic human anatomy, physiology and pathology, and to aid in building medical vocabulary, explains the University of New England.