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Medical Terminology Course

Course description

The cost to receive a certificate for this online medical terminology course is $99. The course is NOT eligible for academic credit or a grade from Des Moines University. No refunds will be issued.

You must login or create an account before enrolling in this educational activity. 

Once you're logged in, the payment "ADD TO CART" button can be found at the bottom of this webpage. 

If you need to purchase registrations for multiple users with a single payment, please contact DMU CME at 515-271-1596 or There is no discount for purchasing multiple registrations.

Other registration options

  • A Spanish version of the medical terminology course can be found here.
  • If you don't need a certificate, you can access the course here for no cost. Your participation will not be tracked and no certificate is awarded in the free course.

The online Des Moines University Medical Terminology Course is a fast and easy way to learn medical words and meanings. Modules and quizzes include:

  • Word roots - prefixes and suffixes
  • Circulatory system
  • Nervous system
  • Digestive system
  • Respiratory system
  • Urinary system
  • Male reproductive system
  • Female reproductive system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Cancer terms
  • Medicine cabinet
  • 30 question comprehensive quiz


"Thank you so much for this very informative and helpful course! I really appreciate all the time and effort that went into creating the course. It is very well laid out and most knowledgeable! I would definitely recommend it to others." Toledo, OH, 01/29/2016

Thank you very much for all of the hard work that must have gone in to the preparation of this material. The course was more than just informative, it was entertaining! I especially enjoyed the little side notes and mythology. I will never forget the Latin word for ‘evil’ and the story behind the ‘Adam's Apple’.” 09/10/2015

I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to read and learn from this extremely helpful course! Your course provided the foundation I needed! I feel much more comfortable starting my next academic courses with the terminology I have learned.” 09/10/2015

"Thank you for your totally awesome website! We are suggesting that our incoming medical students complete it if they have not had med terms as part of their preparation for medical school. I really appreciate what you have done with this course!” Athens, OH

Thank you for offering this user friendly course online. I also enjoyed the humor throughout the course. Thank you for the inspiration!” San Diego, CA

"Best course I have ever taken for [Medical] Terminology. I've paid for courses [in the past] and didn't retain as well as I have with this course. Thank You!!!” Poplar Bluff, MO

"Thank you so much!! This was a great course and met my needs completely for a refresher course on medical terminology. I'm a Medical Technologist, who graduated in '88, and have not been using my degree fully for the past 10 years. I will HIGHLY RECOMMEND this course for other staff looking for a similar need. Des Moines University's e-learning ROCKS!” 09/23/2013

Wonderful course! The historical and interesting facts on word origins made this fun.” Fullerton, CA, 10/12/2012

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the free and paid course?

The free course is available here. If you'd like documentation of your completion in the DMU Medical Terminology Course, the cost is $99 and you must register through the online system. The certificate is beneficial if you're applying for employment which requires documentation of medical terminology knowledge. 

Can I take the course first and pay the $99 later?

No. If you'd like to receive a certificate, you must pay the $99. The price is in US dollars and no refunds are given. 

Is there a test? What happens if I do not pass?

Yes, there is a graded final quiz as well as several ungraded knowledge-checks throughout the course. You have 3 attempts to pass the final quiz. If you do not pass with 3 attempts, you will be required to pay $99 to retake the course if you would like to receive a certificate.

Is the medical terminology course eligible for academic credit or a grade from Des Moines University?

No. The course is considered continuing education and is not eligible for a grade or academic transcript from Des Moines University.

How much time does it take to complete the DMU Medical Terminology Course?

The time it takes to complete this course varies upon the participant and their previous knowledge of medical terminology. Some people are able to complete within two hours while others may take their time and complete over the course of a week. It is truly at your own pace.

When and how will I receive my certificate?

Upon successful completion of the final quiz, you will automatically receive your certificate. Certificates are available for download and will not be mailed to you. 

Will my employer, licensing board, or higher education institution accept this course as part of their required criteria?

Some organizations may recognize this course as a prerequisite requirement for employment or acceptance to an academic institution. This decision is left to the discretion of the employer or academic institution and it is the responsibility of the participant to confirm this prior to enrolling in the course. Des Moines University does not guarantee the course will be accepted and refunds will not be issued.

Am I able to receive CME/CEU credit for the DMU Medical Terminology Course?

Des Moines University does not award continuing education credit for the Medical Terminology Course.  The 2.0 contact hours is in reference to the average length of time it takes a learner to complete the course (two hours).  

I am applying to an employer or academic program and need a letter stating that an academic transcript is not offered for the Medical Terminology Course.

A hyperlink to a downloadable confirmation letter is included in the confirmation email you will receive upon registering for the online Medical Terminology Course. The letter can also be found on the course welcome page after logging into the course.

I am an educator and I’d like to use a section of the DMU Medical Terminology Course within my teaching curriculum.

You are able to reference the medical terminology course per our disclaimer.

This course is designed for educational and/or informational purposes only; it is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or professional care. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. The modules may involve simulated case-based scenarios. The scenarios are fictitious and no association with any actual patient is intended or should be inferred. Des Moines University (DMU) or the authors of this work will not be held accountable for any use or misuse of the information contained in the course. Content may not be sold, licensed or altered without prior written consent from DMU. Formal permission is not required when referencing the content; however, appropriate written acknowledgement must be given to DMU and the authors. Written permission should be obtained for use of a module or entire course. By using this course, users agree to abide by copyright and trademark laws, intellectual property rights, and all other applicable laws of the United States of America. Links to other sites are provided as reference only and DMU does not assume responsibility for the accuracy or appropriateness of the information contained at such sites. In providing links to other sites, DMU is not acting as a publisher or disseminator of the material contained on these other sites and does not seek to control or maintain any type of editorial control over such sites.

Need to Learn Medical Terminology on the Go?

Our medical terminology course is now on iTunes U. Download courses to your iOS device or learn at your desk!

Medical Terminology on iTunes U

Course Authors


Donald Matz, PhD, Faculty Consultant
Chair and Professor, Anatomy and Professor, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA


William J. Dyche, PhD, Program Author
Professor Emeritus, Anatomy, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA


Des Moines University
Continuing Medical Education

Credits & accreditation
  • 2.00 CE Contact Hours
Course summary
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