Medical Terminology

Course Description

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the range of medical terminology applicable and relevant specifically to a medical receptionist or secretarial role in a medical practice, clinic and or hospital context.

Course Content

  • Examine a range of medical terminology required by a medical receptionist or secretary within a general medical practice and or specialist medical practice context
  • Explore current relevant legislation regarding Health Services in Ireland
  • Describe the sources of information available to the medical receptionist or secretary
  • Examine the importance of using correct medical terminology in communicating with patients and medical practitioners
  • Apply medical pronunciation and spelling correctly
  • Define medical abbreviations used in medical investigations and diagnosis
  • Define medical terminology associated with the medical specialties carried out in a large general hospital
  • Define medical terms used in medical reports and summaries
  • Use correct medical terminology in a wide range of specialties; when dealing with both patients and medical practitioners
  • Assemble and prepare X-ray reports
  • Prepare final medical reports; ensuring the use of appropriate terminology, language and format.


1st October 2018 – 4th February 2019


Monday evenings 6.30pm – 9.30pm