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Huffington Center on Aging

41st Annual Medical Terminology and Anatomy/Physiology Course

In its 41st year, this successful series has been attended by more than 4000 participants and continues to receive highly favorable evaluation comments and praise each year. The program is designed for secretaries, receptionists, lab and records technicians and coders, nurse assistants, office assistants, and other healthcare providers. The program has also been attended by attorneys, court reporters, non-health care professionals, pre-med students, and other individuals who are interested in knowing more about their own and their family's health.

This year will add the notion of health literacy, especially for those who care for older adults. Patients who have high health literacy vs. those with lower levels, tend do better in managing chronic conditions. Thus, knowledge of age-specific health terms helps in communicating the nature of the health condition, what the patient must do, and why that is important for them to do so.

Program Overview

  • Nine Sessions
  • Tuesday evenings, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 16–Nov. 11, 2014
  • Sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine
  • Online Registration

Course Description

This continuing education program consists of two inter-related parts - medical terminology, and anatomy/physiology. Certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

  1. The medical terminology segment consists of the spelling, pronunciation, meaning, and use of terms utilized in the medical setting.
  2. The anatomy-physiology portion includes basic concepts in the structure and function of the human body.


  • Nancy Akery, M.T., C.M.A.-A.C., Certified Medical Assistant-Administrative and Clinical
  • Steven Chua, Ph.D., M.D., Instructor, School of Allied Health Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
  • David Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Allied Health Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

Medical Terminology Schedule

The following is the schedule for the medical terminology portion.

Note: Please read and work exercises in Chapters 16, 17 and 19-22 at home in order to complete the text. The final quiz will not cover any new material in these chapters.

  • Sept. 16: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 - Basic word structure, body terms, suffixes, and prefixes. (Printed hand-out for first class night)
  • Sept. 23: Chapter 15 – Musculoskeletal System
  • Sept. 30: Chapter 10 - Nervous System
  • Oct. 7: Chapter 11 - Cardiovascular System, Chapter 13 – Blood System
  • Oct. 14: Chapter 12 - Respiratory System, Chapter 14 - Lymphatic & Immune Systems
  • Oct. 21: Chapters 5 & 6 - Digestive System
  • Oct. 28: Chapter 7 - Urinary System, Chapter 9 - Male Reproductive System
  • Nov. 4: Chapter 8 - Female Reproductive System
  • Nov. 11: Chapter 18 - Endocrine System, and Age-related Effects of Hormonal Changes Final Quiz

Anatomy and Physiology Schedule

  • Sept. 16: Introduction & Cytology
  • Sept. 23: Osteology & Muscles
  • Sept. 30: Nervous System
  • Oct. 7: Circulatory System
  • Oct. 14: Respiratory System
  • Oct. 21: Gastrointestinal System
  • Oct. 28: Renal System, Male Reproductive System
  • Nov. 4: Female Reproductive System


Baylor College of Medicine 
DeBakey Building, Room M-112 
Registration—DeBakey Building Lobby (on the main BCM Campus - see Cullen Building)
One Baylor Plaza, Texas Medical Center
Houston, TX 77030


The preregistration fee for participants is $180 through Sept. 15, 2014. The registration fee after that will be $200. Refunds will be made prior to Sept. 16, 2014, minus a $10 handling fee. There will be no refunds after the first class. To register please use this link online.


The required text (The Language of Medicine, 10th Edition, Davi-Ellen Chabner, W.B. Saunders Co.), may be purchased new starting around $75 plus shipping or less if used from Amazon.com and most major online booksellers. (Prices may vary.)


The Texas Medical Center requires all visitors to pay parking. Cost average is $10 per night (3 hours for each of the nine evenings). Please refer to map for parking garages. (Garage 4 is closest to the classroom.)