Certificate in

Medical Terminology

Expand your healthcare professional training and become a master in medical terminology. Gain the critical skills necessary to effectively communicate with other healthcare professionals as well as prepare for graduate study in the healthcare field.


Expand Your Knowledge at Your Own Pace

Cal State East Bay's Medical Terminology Certificate Program provides you with the knowledge needed to be a contributing member in the healthcare arena. In this online course, you’ll expand your knowledge and understanding of medical terminology. Whether it’s having the ability to describe the human body in medical terms or applying proper terminology for major pathological conditions, CSUEB’s medical terminology program ensures you have a solid foundation for a successful career in the healthcare field.

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One of few universities in the U.S. offering this program of study

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Taught by faculty with extensive experience in medical business office management

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Set your own pace and incorporate your learning experience in a way that works best for you

As a participant in Cal State East Bay’s program, you’ll receive the same high-quality education available to traditional students. Most importantly, you can set your own pace and incorporate your learning experience in a way that works best for you. You can expect a challenging curriculum as well as one-on-one interaction with your instructor.

A Curriculum with Real World Application

As a student in the Medical Terminology Program, you will gain the knowledge required to succeed in the healthcare field. You will leave the program with the ability to:

Understand medical terminology, including the origins of medical words.

Identify the major regions of the body.

Differentiate cells, tissues, organs, systems, and cavities.

Know the proper terminology and spelling for body systems, including the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system.

Speak the Language

Many professions have their own language. With critical decisions being made every day regarding patient care, having in-depth knowledge of medical terminology is vital in the healthcare field. Whether you’re part of a clinical or administrative team at a practitioner’s office or working as an underwriter for an insurance company, having your certificate in medical terminology ensures you can perform at your highest level – and succeed. 

Occupational Trends

13% Growth

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026.
– Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

$39K Salary

The median annual wage for health information technicians was $39,180 in 2017.
– Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Job Market

The number of jobs for medical transcriptionists was over 57,000 in 2016.
– Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

A World of Opportunity in Healthcare

Armed with your Certificate in Medical Terminology, you can drive your career in healthcare forward. Your training from Cal State East Bay positions you well for a variety of career paths. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates have accepted varied roles in hospitals, such as medical assistants, medical transcriptionists, and medical billing specialists. Still others have excelled in ancillary health fields, such as pharmaceutical sales and insurance underwriting.

Whichever path you choose, CSUEB’s program gives you the flexibility you need to take charge of your professional future.

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Graduates have accepted varied roles in hospitals such as medical transcriptionists

Program Objectives

Completing Cal State East Bay’s Medical Terminology Certificate Program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of medical language so you can accurately:

Interpret terms related to diagnosis and clinical procedures.

Identify and list the definitions of surgical terms.

Explain the significance and use of medications for various disorders and treatments.

Knowledge at Work

To earn your Certificate in Medical Terminology, you must complete the online course offered through CSUEB’s partner, ed2go. The course is comprised of the following components:

Your Foundation in Medical Terminology
The Fundamentals of Medical Terminology
Getting to Know the Human Body
The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
What Makes up a Skeleton?
Flex Some Muscle
The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
Getting to the Heart of Things
Take a Deep Breath
The Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems
Going for the Gut
When Nature Calls
The Birds and the Bees
Nervous and Integumentary Systems and Special Senses
You've Got Some Nerve
Now Hear (and See) This!
Slip Me Some Skin
The Lymphatic, Immune, and Endocrine Systems
Protection against Infection
Learning about Hormones
Carline Dalgleish

Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Systems

Master's Degree in Leadership

Carline Dalgleish


Ms. Carline Dalgleish brings a wealth of experience to students in Cal State East Bay’s Medical Terminology Program. With more than 40 years of experience in medical business office management, she began her career in the medical records department of the Army/Air Force Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. She has since performed accounts receivable and business office management services for physicians, clinics, hospitals, and Medicare.

Ms. Dalgleish has experience in administrative and financial departments, as well as management experience in business office administration, regulatory compliance, and information technology. She is a subject matter expert in administrative medical assisting and medical billing and coding. In addition, she has created the curriculum for and taught many accounts receivable and accounts payable educational programs, with an emphasis in administrative medical assisting and medical billing and coding.

In the early 1990s, Ms. Dalgleish moved full-time into curriculum development, teaching, and management of business and allied health education programs, with special emphasis on medical business office administration and management.

Ms. Dalgleish is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM). She owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Education Services, Inc., and is completing a textbook on the new ICD-10 coding system

Sharon L. Blackford

BA in Business Management

MA in Organizational Management

Registered Medical Assistant

Sharon L. Blackford


Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA has over 30 years’ experience in the medical field and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994.She is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has worked in the United States Army. Sharon joined the US Army when she was 20 years old and was an active duty Clinical Specialist for 10 years. She was trained at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and her first duty station was Ft. Carson, Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a Labor and Delivery nurse. She also worked in Ft. Devens, Massachusetts in a Combat Support Hospital and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in both the Troop Medical Clinics and Family Practice on the Island of Oahu.

After 10 years active duty she worked as a Hemodialysis Technician at Parkland Hospital in the Outpatient Dialysis Unit. She has worked in Rheumatology, Surgical Oncology, and Family Practice, and has been the Practice Administrator of Neurology, Cardiovascular, and Urology Practices.

She was a Medical Assisting Instructor for various Allied Health Schools in the Metroplex in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. She has been the Director of Education of two proprietary schools Remington College in Shreveport, LA and Ultrasound Diagnostic School in Irving, Texas. She moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College was promoted to Campus Director.

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Carline Dalgleish

Carline DalgleishMA, BA

Sharon L. Blackford

Sharon L. BlackfordMA, BA, RMA

You’re Invited to Enroll

Admission to the online Medical Terminology Certificate Program is open to any interested student with a high school diploma or equivalent who is proficient in keyboarding, has a basic understanding of a word processing program (Microsoft Word recommended), and has a command of English grammar and punctuation. No healthcare or medical office work experience is required.

Enrollment Deadlines

CSUEB’s Medical Terminology Program is an open enrollment program. You can register and start the program at any time. 

Common Questions

When can I start the program?
This program has open enrollment, so you can register and start the program as soon as you are ready. Once you have accessed the program curriculum or received a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes. The program is not eligible for a F1 Student Visa or I-20, but you can enroll in and take the program from your home country as long as you have access to a computer with a fast internet connection such as DSL or cable.

How long does it take to complete a program?
This program is self-paced with open enrollment, so you can start when you choose and complete the course at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given an initial six months to complete the program. If you need additional time, please notify Ed2Go for further information.

Who will be my instructor?
All facilitators are successful working professionals in the healthcare field. You will be paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available via e-mail to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. Please allow 24 – 48 hours for a response to your email inquiry.

Do I have to buy additional materials?
No. Your tuition covers all course material. ed2go will ship all materials to you after enrollment.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs, and what are the system requirements?
To participate in the online program, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access program content from any Web-enabled computer. You do not have to use the same computer to log in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word processing program such as Microsoft Word and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?
No, you must access the medical terminology program from a PC or IBM-compatible computer.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from California State University, East Bay. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for delivery of your certificate.

Am I guaranteed a job?
CSUEB’s partner, ed2go, does not provide direct job placement services. However, ed2go's facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program.

How can I get more information about the program?
For additional information, visit ed2go. If you have questions not answered on the website, please contact ed2go via the LIVE chat feature or “Contact Us” form on the website. You may also contact the ed2go team at 1-855-520-6806. All questions will be answered promptly.

What is the program’s refund policy?
This program is offered in partnership with ed2go. According to ed2go’s refund policy, you are ineligible for a refund of course registration fees after you obtain course materials and have been given access to the online class.


What financing options are available to me?
Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Medical Terminology

Ideal for: Professionals seeking employment in the healthcare arena, individuals preparing for graduate study in the healthcare field

Number of courses: 1 course

Program format: Online

Program length: 60 hours, self-paced

Tuition cost: $850 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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