Best Medical Terminology Resources: NHA vs. HealthCenter21 Blog Feature
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By: Mike Cescon on August 5th, 2021

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Best Medical Terminology Resources: NHA vs. HealthCenter21

Health Science | Medical Terminology | National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Health science teachers know the value of interacting with their students, and many approach AES wanting to find ways to move beyond textbooks when teaching subjects like medical terminology. 

One of the questions teachers often ask is what the difference is between our HealthCenter21 digital curriculum and the Medical Terminology learning materials offered by the National Healthcare Association (NHA). 

HealthCenter21 is a robust program that teaches the basics of medical terminology along with hundreds of other concepts and skills. However, depending on the needs of your classroom, it might not be the right fit for you. 

In this article, we’ll address the most common questions teachers have about the differences between NHA’s Medical Terminology and AES’ HealthCenter21:

  1. What Topics Are Covered by Each Program?
  2. What Is the Purpose of Each?
  3. What Does Each Program Cost?
  4. Which Program is Right for You and Your Students?

After reading the article, you'll have a clearer idea of which resource is most appropriate for your needs.

1. What Topics Are Covered by Each Program?

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When deciding on what program works best for you, it’s important to keep in mind the specific topics handled by each, so that you can choose the one that aligns most closely with your goals. 

In this section, we’ll discuss what topics are covered in NHA’s Medical Terminology as well as HealthCenter21. 

Topics Covered by NHA’s Medical Terminology Resource

NHA’s Medical Terminology is a learning resource divided into 16 concise, interactive sections, governing vocabulary that includes:

  • Body Systems (Endocrine, Muscular, Respiratory, and more)
  • Diseases and Treatments
  • Concepts, Suffixes & Prefixes
  • Special Senses (like Ears and Eyes)

NHA’s Medical Terminology serves as a focused platform for teaching students crucial vocabulary, and it won’t go beyond the bounds of those topics. 

If you need a supplemental program that focuses almost exclusively on teaching your students appropriate health science terminology, then this program will probably be a good fit for you. 

Topics Covered by HealthCenter21

Our HealthCenter21 is a digital curriculum with hundreds of hours of instructional content, intended to foster strong technical skills and a well-rounded knowledge base in your students.

HealthCenter21 has diverse enough material that it becomes easy to customize it to fit your classroom by choosing which modules work best for you. The Medical Terminology module of HealthCenter21 is just one module of many and is divided into four units that include:

  • Word Parts: Roots (for studying the roots of medical terms)
  • Word Parts: Suffixes and Prefixes (for medical suffixes and prefixes)
  • Abbreviations (for both general and body system-specific abbreviations)
  • Anatomic References (including body directions, planes, and cavities)

With the breadth of material offered by HealthCenter21, it’s a great choice for those looking for teaching material that focuses not only on medical terminology, but also on all the other facets of the health sciences field.

If you need a fully-fledged digital curriculum that covers a broad range of health science topics besides just medical terminology, then HealthCenter21 may fit your classroom well.

Want a closer look at some of the material available in HealthCenter21? Check out our free medical terminology lesson plans.

2. What Is the Purpose of Each?

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When thinking about which digital learning resource to choose, it’s important to consider the purpose each resource is intended for. 

After all, NHA’s Medical Terminology and AES’ HealthCenter21 were designed with very different purposes and audiences in mind, and one or the other might align better with the needs of your course. 

In this section, we’ll discuss what both programs were created to accomplish.

The Purpose of NHA’s Medical Terminology

In particular, the purpose of NHA’s Medical Terminology is to teach current or aspiring medical professionals terms that they will need to know for the allied health care space. Depending on the needs of your classroom, NHA’s Medical Terminology may be used in different ways. 

If you are helping current professionals refresh themselves on vocabulary they should already once have learned, Medical Terminology could be used to help them review. 

Alternatively, you may be preparing future professionals to gain their certifications, in which case Medical Terminology could be used as a supplemental learning resource to teach them important vocabulary. 

NHA indicates that health professionals most likely to gain something from the Medical Terminology learning resource include:

  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • EKG Technicians
  • Medical Assistants
  • Electronic Health Records Specialists

If you’re looking for a digital learning resource specifically focused on teaching adult students medical terminology for use in their careers, then NHA’s Medical Terminology might be the right choice for your classroom. 

The Purpose of HealthCenter21

HealthCenter21 is a comprehensive digital curriculum designed for high school and middle school level Career and Technical Education (CTE) health science courses, to help students who are beginning to explore career pathways in the health science field. 

With more than 850 hours of learning material, you can use HealthCenter21 to prepare your students for multiple different certifications. This curriculum places a focus on customization, allowing instructors to pick and choose the modules that will teach their students the necessary skills for a potential future in the health sciences. 

For middle school level classes, some of the beginner modules like Health Career Exploration, Wellness and Nutrition, and Communications might work best. 

For high school level classes, more advanced modules like Bloodborne Pathogens, Emergency Care, or Anatomy and Physiology may be more appropriate for your students.  

If you’re looking for an all-encompassing digital curriculum that you can draw from to best fit the needs of your health science classroom, then HealthCenter21 might be the right fit for you. 

Feel free to ask the AES team for advice on implementing the modules that would work best for your classroom.

3. What Does Each Program Cost?

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Accounting for the cost of a learning resource is an important step to learning whether it will work for your classroom or school district. Certain price ranges might be more appealing to your school budget, after all!

In this section, we’ll talk about the cost ranges of both NHA’s Medical Terminology and HealthCenter21.

The Cost of NHA’s Medical Terminology

The general price range of NHA’s Medical Terminology hovers around $65 per single student subscription.

Doing the math, it’s easy to get an estimate on how the cost of Medical Terminology can scale with the number of student licenses you need:

  • For 25 student licenses, the price might come out to about $1,625. 
  • For 100 student licenses, that price may go up to about $6,500.

Depending on the needs of your class, this may be a very economical choice. It’s also important to keep in mind that NHA’s Medical Terminology falls outside of their core product line, and so pricing may be more flexible here than with some of NHA’s other products. 

Another factor to consider is that oftentimes NHA licenses are tied to one student for one semester only, and cannot be recycled between semesters, reused, or shared. This may be the case for Medical Terminology licenses, which could affect the amount you pay for a year’s worth of lessons. 

To find out the specifics of both pricing and the lifespan of Medical Terminology licenses, consider contacting NHA directly so you can get a more accurate idea of whether their terms will fit your classroom.

The Cost of HealthCenter21

The price tier of HealthCenter21 will vary depending on the number of active student licenses you need. 

HealthCenter21 is a subscription-based curriculum system that you can purchase yearly for a classroom, campus, or district. The price of each plan will vary depending on your individual needs and how many students will be using the system each year.

With the number of licenses you’ll need to buy in mind, the next step is to identify the plan that best fits your school:

  • Classroom Plan: For a single teacher with one or a few health science classes. This plan starts at ~$1,500 annually. 
  • Campus Plan: For multiple health science teachers in the same building teaching several classes. This plan starts at ~$4,000 annually. 
  • District Plan: For districts or programs with health science teachers spread across multiple buildings teaching many classes. This plan, our most extensive, starts at ~$10,000 annually. 

Check out our pricing page to get a better sense of each plan or to request a quote for your school. Alternatively, you could give HealthCenter21 a shot by trying out a free 30-day trial.

4. Which Learning Resource Is Right for You and Your Students?

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NHA’s Medical Terminology and AES’ HealthCenter21 are two very different learning resources, and depending on the needs of your students, one or the other may be the superior choice. 

If you are looking for supplemental learning material focused specifically on helping adult students or medical professionals learn medical terms necessary for the workforce or for certification exams, then NHA’s Medical Terminology may be the best option for you. 

On the other hand, if you need a broad, comprehensive digital curriculum intended to help middle and high schoolers learn the ins and outs of beginning a career in the health sciences field, then HealthCenter21 would probably better suit your aims. 

If HealthCenter21 sounds like it could be right for you, consider watching a demo video that will answer other questions you may have about the curriculum!

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About Mike Cescon

With past experience in both writing and teaching, Mike focuses on writing comprehensive content pieces that answer your questions and address your concerns about the AES curriculum.