Has anyone taken medical terminology?? - page 3

Well, I was going to take the summer off since I am starting my 1st semester of clinical in August :dance: , but I decided to sign up for medical terminology telecourse. I was just wondering what... Read More

  1. by   soontobe_RN
    Hey everyone! Well, I started the med. terminology course and I love it!! Just in the past week I have learned so much helpful information. Granted, some of it I knew from previous courses, however, the majority of the info is bran new or at least explaining what it was I didn't understand in the other courses. B/c it is a summer course, instead of 16 weeks I only have 10 weeks to learn it all. I am confident that when this course is over I will be able to understand any medical term I come across. Thanks for all of your input!!
    Jennifer
  2. by   LeiaT
    I loved medical terminology. At my school it's not required, but I believe that it should be. There is so much wonderful information in that class. I think it has been on of my most beneficial classes.
  3. by   micky74
    use plenty of index cards.......they really helped me when it came to studying....
    Quote from soontobe_rn
    well, i was going to take the summer off since i am starting my 1st semester of clinical in august , but i decided to sign up for medical terminology telecourse. i was just wondering what it is like and how hard it is? considering the fact that it is summer, i didn't want to take anything that will take up all my time. i should be fine b/c i'm only taking one class and i am used to being part-time if not full-time. any imput you may have will be helpful. thanks!
    jennifer
  4. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from z's playa
    I don't know what book you all use but our text includes all the little helpful hints so you learn as you go. Here where I come from...as I pointed out earlier, everyone is billingual and has Latin classes under their belt. It does make learning the terms sooo much easier since learning a second language requires the art of breaking down. Even Spanish.The medical terminology class is a moot point here. I'm sorry but I can't imagine a whole class dedicated to medical terminology.

    Z

    PS...It wasn't myself at odds as to whether to take the class or not. It was the OP

    I agree. I can't imagine a whole class devoted to med term either. Isn't is usually on the inside covers of the A&P books? It isn't required at my school either. In fact, it's not even offered as a class.
  5. by   soontobe_RN
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I agree. I can't imagine a whole class devoted to med term either. Isn't is usually on the inside covers of the A&P books? It isn't required at my school either. In fact, it's not even offered as a class.
    Med term. is not required as a prereq. for the ADN program but it is for the BSN. I have taken A&PI and A&PII, along with Micrbiology, organic and biochemistry, and many others. I know that several of these books have abbreviations on their covers and throughout the chapters (mainly speaking of A&P), however, Medical terminology is not just about abbreviations. You get a crash course into the a lot of the terminology and it gives you ways of understanding every word you will come across in the health care field. As I said in my previous post, within one week I am learning terms that I didn't even know exsisted. If you don't think there should be a class dedicated to med. terminology, go to the college library and pick up one of the medical dictionaries(which will be at least 2000pgs long) and then try to understand everything you read without taking time out for each word. I am learning how to understand words like: pneumotachograph, somatomammotropin, ect. Now, if you can understand even most of the words in the med. dictionary, then God Bless you. I have never worked in the medical field, so, anything that can help me through clinical and then in my career, I am willing to try. Not to mention that most of the people who have posted here as well as people I have talked to say that they wish this class was required. Well, all I know is that I am glad that I am taking it.
    Jen
    PS I had to edit due to people not understanding what I was trying to say. Sorry for the confusion
    Last edit by soontobe_RN on May 19, '05
  6. by   Kabin
    Prereqs depend on the school. My BSN program doesn't require a medical terminology prereq. I'm glad I didn't take it as I got along fine without it.

    I thinks it's hyperbole to say that a typical 1 credit hour medical terminology course could cover "all of the terminology you will experience in the health care field."
  7. by   soontobe_RN
    Quote from Kabin
    Prereqs depend on the school. My BSN program doesn't require a medical terminology prereq. I'm glad I didn't take it as I got along fine without it.

    I thinks it's hyperbole to say that a typical 1 credit hour medical terminology course could cover "all of the terminology you will experience in the health care field."
    I didn't say the instructor would go over every term in the health care field in one semester. What I said was that you gat a crash course into med terminology. Since I have read your post I have edited what was written to better explain what I meant. What I meant was, that in this course you learn to break down any word you would come across in the health care field. From what I am being told by the majority of the nurses on here, as well as, where I work, is that this course is very helpful to some people. If you didn't need to take it then GREAT!! Good for you!! But until you take the course, how can you actually say whether it is a waste of time.Maybe it would be to some people. The thing is, as I said in a previous post, I have never worked in the health care field and when I am faced with the terms, it like someone is speaking a different language to me. Anyway, I posted an update to a thread I started a few weeks ago. I didn't think I would need to defend my descision on taking this course. LOL
    O.k I get it! Some people think the course is useless, and so far, everyone who has taken it feels that it was worth it. I guess I will see where I stand at the end of the semester.
    Thanks for everyones input, Whether we agreed or not!!
    Jennifer
  8. by   Kabin
  9. by   student4ever
    Quote from soontobe_RN
    I didn't say the instructor would go over every term in the health care field in one semester. What I said was that you gat a crash course into med terminology. Since I have read your post I have edited what was written to better explain what I meant. What I meant was, that in this course you learn to break down any word you would come across in the health care field. From what I am being told by the majority of the nurses on here, as well as, where I work, is that this course is very helpful to some people. If you didn't need to take it then GREAT!! Good for you!! But until you take the course, how can you actually say whether it is a waste of time.Maybe it would be to some people. The thing is, as I said in a previous post, I have never worked in the health care field and when I am faced with the terms, it like someone is speaking a different language to me. Anyway, I posted an update to a thread I started a few weeks ago. I didn't think I would need to defend my descision on taking this course. LOL
    O.k I get it! Some people think the course is useless, and so far, everyone who has taken it feels that it was worth it. I guess I will see where I stand at the end of the semester.
    Thanks for everyones input, Whether we agreed or not!!
    Jennifer
    Jennifer,
    Good luck with the class - hopefully it will be as easy an A as it was for me. I had the chance to take it free at the hospital I work at (in Registration for another month and then on to Nursing Assistant), so I figured, why not? It has helped me SOOO much, especially with the spelling. In fact, I catch incorrect spelling done in charting by both RNs and LPNs, as well as occasional MDs!!! It also makes the tough textbook reading for A&P and all the other medical textbooks SO much easier when you don't have to go looking up the exact meaning of a word (for example, you know that oto- means ear, and -rrhea means discharge, so otorrhea must mean discharge from the ear!). Some of these medical words are so long and SCARY looking that you just want to curl up and cry and say "I'll never understand this!" But when you can break up that 32 letter word into its parts and you can understand it without running to good old Tabers dictionary, it's a great feeling! Added bonus: Impress all your friends and family by describing your allergy symptoms as rhinorrhea, tinnitis, opthalmorrhea, and cephalgia. They'll probably think you're dying, when really you have a runny nose, ringing in your ears, watery eyes, and a headache! Quite fun stuff if you ask me!
    Good luck with the class! PM me if you have any questions about the class or anything else for that matter!

    -Janelle
  10. by   soontobe_RN
    I took my first test today and I got 99.83%A

    The suffix, prefix, and root part of the course isn't that hard but there is other area we focus on, as well. For me the hardest part is learning all the different tests, what they do, how they work, and what the result is. You know, I consider myself an intelligent person, but this test was not as easy as I thought it would be. Of course, that may be due to the fact that we only had 2 weeks to learn 6 chapters and 4 pgs of abbreviations. Now, I have 1 week to learn 2 chapters and 6 pgs of abbreviations and medical terms, plus I have my first paper due in a week, as well.
    Over all, I like this course. It is helping me remember all the needed info. from A&P, microbiology, ect. Well, time to study
    Jennifer
  11. by   suzanne4
    There is a wonderful book out called "Language of Medicine" by Chabner. My students used it when I was teaching overseas and with very good results. It also has a built in work book that is quite helpful. The book can be found on Amazon's website as well as others.
  12. by   begalli
    Quote from soontobe_RN
    Hey everyone! Well, I started the med. terminology course and I love it!! Just in the past week I have learned so much helpful information. Granted, some of it I knew from previous courses, however, the majority of the info is bran new or at least explaining what it was I didn't understand in the other courses. B/c it is a summer course, instead of 16 weeks I only have 10 weeks to learn it all. I am confident that when this course is over I will be able to understand any medical term I come across. Thanks for all of your input!!
    Jennifer
    Good for you Jennifer, your charting's gonna ROCK!

    Each and every class you take is going to help you be a better nurse.


    (Suzanne - that's the book I used almost 15 years ago in my med term classes!)

    I agree that this type of class should be required as a pre-req for nursing. I still have the Chabner book and looking through this huge book again, there's NO WAY that what's in this book can fit on the side bar of any nursing textbook. My med term classes were worth a total of either 7 or 9 quarter units (long time ago!) - there was an intro class and two advanced classes.

    I don't get why people are dogging and minimizing a med term class for a nursing student?!
  13. by   soontobe_RN
    Quote from begalli
    I don't get why people are dogging and minimizing a med term class for a nursing student?!
    I don't understand it either. As, you said, this class is teaches more than what is on the inside cover of a textbook. The thing is, every post who said they took this course, also said that it was a great class to take and it will really help in the future. I have learned so much already, and it has only been 2 weeks!!
    Jennifer

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