COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Announcements and CARES Act Resources See Updates

Questions on enrolling? We're here 9am-9pm EST Mon-Fri

Ashworth College Blog

What is Medical Terminology?

Written by Nicole Krempasky on Tuesday, 11 August 2020. Posted in Healthcare

Medical sketch of spine.

Medical terminology is the language used by doctors to describe the different parts and functions of the human body, like the respiratory and nervous systems. It is an essential part of any healthcare job, so whether you’re just entering your career in medicine or if you’re looking to build on what you already do, medical terminology can be a great place to start.

What is medical terminology?

In basic terms, medical terminology is the language used by doctors to describe the different parts and functions of the human body, like the respiratory and nervous systems. It also covers a variety of injuries and diseases as well as methods of treatment, including diagnostic procedures and imaging techniques. In addition, medical terminology explores how medical words are formed and why.

What does a medical terminologist do?

Medical terminologists are unique in that they combine both medical knowledge, customer service, and office skills. They are often the first point of contact for patients, greeting them upon arrival at a doctor’s office or hospital. Medical terminologists also handle filing and phone calls in addition to scheduling appointments, collecting medical histories, and filing insurance claims. They’re sometimes called upon to conduct basic research and maintain inventory for office and medical supplies, too, making them invaluable members of the healthcare industry.

How much does a medical terminologist make?

Depending on your experience level and location, a medical terminologist can make anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000 per year, sometimes with the potential for additional annual bonuses. Medical terminology specializations or certifications can also increase salaries for those in other related healthcare fields.

How to become a medical terminologist?

With an aging population and higher demand for healthcare, the allied health field is projected to grow well into this decade, making it a good field for job security. Ashworth College offers an affordable online medical terminology certificate course that can set you on the path to gaining the practical, real-world knowledge necessary in a variety of healthcare fields. Courses covering topics like common medical terms, anatomy, diseases, and treatments can be studied online at your own pace, helping you to build a strong foundation for a career in medicine.

Start your career with Ashworth

Prepare to earn a medical terminology certificate today by reaching out to an Admissions Advisor at or by enrolling online.

Let's talk about your educational goals. Call 1-800-957-5412