3 Places to Find Medical Terminology Lesson Plans That Will Blow Your Mind Blog Feature
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By: Sarah Layton on January 12th, 2015

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3 Places to Find Medical Terminology Lesson Plans That Will Blow Your Mind

Health Science | Medical Terminology

You may already be using these awesome resources in your medical terminology lesson plans. Or these resources might already be right at your fingertips.

But if you aren't using them, you'll certainly be asking yourself why not!

Medical terminology is such an important part of health care education.

It is far more than a list of vocabulary words and definitions. In the article "Why Is Knowing Medical Terminology Important?"

Jacqueline Wilson gives five reasons for including medical terminology lesson plans in your health care courses.

But where can you find resources to teach medical terminology?

Here are three places to find great medical terminology lesson plans:

  1. Diversified Health Occupations textbook
  2. Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350
  3. HealthCenter21

1. Diversified Health Occupations Textbook

DHO Health Science Textbook Text-Heavy Page

Anytime I've asked a health science teacher about textbooks, Diversified Health Occupations (DHO) always comes up. DHO has an excellent chapter on medical terminology that includes the usual suspects including "Using Medical Abbreviations" and "Interpreting Word Parts."

In addition to DHO, you can find other stellar medical terminology textbooks out there. 

2. Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350

Another fantastic resource that teachers always want to share is the Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350.

The medical terminology system is, of course, developed with their Dean Vaughn Total Retention System.dean-vaughn-logo

"It works in conjunction with the natural learning process of the brain by converting abstract medical elements into images of real and familiar objects – and then associating those images with the subject in such a way that it is incredibly easy to learn and remember."

Medical Terminology 350 is a video-based system of applied mnemonic instruction. It contains lessons, teacher resources, and study guides.

Here's what a teacher has to say about it: 

"We have had nothing but excellent results with the Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350 Total Retention System! Our students have increased comprehension and ease of interpretation with the use of this program. I would highly recommend the system for any institution seeking increased classroom retention and comprehension."

3. Medical Terminology Lesson Plans for Health Science Curriculum


Although many medical terms have been around since Aristotle, medical breakthroughs and discoveries assure that medical terminology will always be changing.

And the same can be true of the content and medical terminology lesson plans that are provided online. Seamlessly.

We've developed medical terminology lesson plans and content for you to use with our students, right now. Here's what some CTE health science teachers have shared.

Megan Kelly is an exceptional health science teacher at Paul Robeson High School in the School District of Philadelphia. 

She’s “thankful for the vocab that they get in the program. Vocab is a struggle in their program because it’s new and different from what they have in other classes.”

Marijean Hippelheuser is the Medical Assisting instructor at McFatter Technical Center in Davie, FL. Hippelheuser’s courses are a little unique in that she teaches only adult students. And these adults are working and studying towards becoming certified medical assistants.

Since students are working through online content outside the classroom, when they come together in class, “they have basics of terminology and A&P.

They have a good start, which makes it easier for them to build on in class,” says Hippelheuser.

Northampton Community College program manager and instructor, Terry Rives, has a remarkable opportunity to help students determine whether or not a health care career is the right choice for them.

Rives gives an example of a student who went through the program and completed the HealthCenter21 Medical Terminology module.

The student “felt this was a good springboard for the credited medical terminology course.” The student felt well-prepared as she entered the nursing assistant program, where her first course was medical terminology.

The medical terminology module introduces students to the language of health care workers.

Topics include: root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations, and body planes, directions, and cavities.

Students learn to add prefixes and suffixes to root words and form phrases with abbreviations. And they interpret medical terms on their own.

Unit 1: Word Parts: Roots

In this unit, students will learn why it is important for health care practitioners to have a strong knowledge of medical terms. They will learn that medical terms are divided into three parts. Then they will explore common word roots grouped by body system and learn how to pronounce them.

Unit 2: Word Parts: Suffixes and Prefixes

This unit defines common suffixes and prefixes used in the health care setting. Students will learn how to use suffixes and prefixes in conjunction with word roots to form and decode medical terms.

Unit 3: Abbreviations

This unit defines common abbreviations specific to the health care field. Students will learn general medical abbreviations and abbreviations specific to each body system. They will also discover how to correctly use abbreviations and take precautions to avoid misunderstandings.

Unit 4: Anatomic References

In this unit, students will learn the correct medical terminology used to reference areas of the body. Students will identify body planes and directional terms. And they will identify each body cavity and its contents as well as abdominal regions.

Medical terminology is such a critical part of your health science curriculum. Hopefully you found some new resources and options for medical terminology lesson plans here. If you still want more, check out this post: Building Your Dream Toolbox of Medical Terminology Activities

Start Teaching Medical Terminology with HealthCenter21

HealthCenter21 is your one-stop digital curriculum to teach medical terminology and a whole slew of other medical lessons. 

If you want to give your students the best information possible, HealthCenter21 is always up-to-date and current with medical information. 

Are you ready to start your students on the path to becoming health care professionals? 

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About Sarah Layton

Sarah is a contributing author to the AES blog. She is committed to helping instructors and students succeed both in and out of the classroom.