Nursing Students... Did you take....

  1. ....Medical Terminology prior to Nursing School?? I have 3 more courses to take before I can apply and then I'm off for a year. I was thinking of taking an online Medical Terminology class to fill in the time space and I thought it would be beneficial to me. It is not a requirement for our nursing program.

    I'm just curious of those who had to take it for the program, (or chose to take it on your own), if you thought it was beneficial for you, and those who didn't take it... do you wish you would have???

    Thanks for your insight and help!!
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  3. by   Nikki422
    I took an online med terminology class the semester before I started my program. I can honestly say that it helped me a great many people struggled with a lot of the terms, and still do! It's not a very time consuming class so if you have the ability to take it, I would!

    Best of luck!
  4. by   darlanow
    Ditto to what the poster above me said: the time investment to take med term before beginning school is definitely worth it. I used a book that had a CD-rom with it full of exercises and, more importantly, an audio glossary. It's helpful to not only see the terms, but hear them as well.


  5. by   Janus Rising
    I didn't take terminology, but only because I have a pretty good background in the medical field. Even though it wasn't something I did, I would definitely recommend it for everyone... having some terminology helps with A and P too!
  6. by   luvmy3kids
    Thank you all! I think I'll take it... it will cost about $500.00 for the course, but it seems as though it will be worth it... I'll take all the help I can get!
  7. by   msmahan
    Wow... that's a lot of money!

    Is there a certain course you must take? I just googled "medical terminology classes" and they were offering classes $35 with the certificate... I'm sure there is a difference in these classes for the big price difference but if someone can please state those differences
  8. by   WDWpixieRN
    That's definately high for a class....unless you have the money to splurge, I think I'd look at alternatives...Daytonite posted some sites for med terminology with tutorials (do a search for either or both of those words)...also, do they offer some kind of continuing ed in your area? I think that's offered through ours and it's about $40 vs. the cost you mention!!

    I would definitely recommend taking something to expand your vocabulary as much as possible...not a requirement for our program, but I do wish that during the 2 semesters I waited to get in that I done something...I spend about 10% of my time looking up words...and sometimes RElooking them up!!
  9. by   amyk_ncsu
    We have a required med terms class. You can either take it as a pre-nursing student or during your first semester of nursing school. I didn't do pre-nursing, so I'm taking it now, and I really wish I had already had it. The teachers use the terms taught in the class, so I can definitely see how it would be very beneficial to already know all these terms.
  10. by   MelodyRNurse
    For my nursing program it was not required, but there is no doubt that it would have been beneficial if I had chosen to take it on my own. I think it might have even saved me some time in nursing school.
  11. by   queen47
    Didn't take it but it sure should help.... I guess I still would take it though alreay in my 2nd year, have one more year to go
  12. by   SummerGarden
    No, I did not take a Medical Terminology course, but I heard that it is helpful to some. I own a used Medical Terminology textbook (the one used for the course being taught at my school) and I can safely say that I have yet to crack it open while in Nursing School. I have been able to pick up a lot of information reading this board, reading my textbooks, and reading related materials. On the other hand, I found my Medical Terminology textbook useful for A&P I when I was trying to memorize bones. :spin:
  13. by   marilynmom
    No I didn't take it and I would NOT spend $500 for a MT class either (can't you just buy a med term book at B&N for $50?), that is crazy and is not worth it IMO.

    If you have that much money to spend get a good PDA with all the nursing stuff installed because your going to use it a LOT. I use mine constantly

    You learn the terms as you go along, what you don't know you look up.

    I have a PDA that has Taber's on it if there is something I don't know.
  14. by   luvmy3kids
    It would cost me $432.00 plus the cost of books and a 10.00 online fee... it is a 3 credit course and our tuition is 144.00 per credit.

    So while it is a bit high... at least I would be getting credit for it and if I got a good grade it would even boost my GPA.

    I'll have to look into some of the online options.

    Thanks again everyone, for all of your input!!