Online Medical Assistant Courses for Credit
There are many free medical courses on various subjects on the Internet, though these courses don't award college credit. Students seeking inexpensive online courses that can help them earn college credit may want to consider the medical courses on Study.com. This site offers courses that include resources such as lesson quizzes and lesson transcripts.
The course Health 101: Principles of Health lets students learn more about health topics essential to medical assistants. Chapters in this course include the following:
- Health and Wellness Fundamentals - Study important information about major health problems and the sources of health information.
- Impact of Alcohol & Tobacco on Health - Learn more about the effects of alcohol, tobacco use, and the long-term effects of smoking.
- Immune Disorders & Infections - Review material related to adaptive immunity, pathogens, allergies, and immune deficiency diseases.
Free Online Medical Assistant Courses and Education
There are few free, online courses directly related to medical assisting, but some introductory courses, such as those listed in this article, may be suitable for prospective medical assistants. None of the courses below can be taken for credit.
- How to Use a Microscope teaches students about the various parts of a microscope, along with the parts' functions. The site goes on to show the user how to examine a specimen. The user will need Adobe Flash installed on his or her computer. A login option is available, but the user is not required to login to view the videos.
- Measuring Volume Using a Graduated Cylinder shows the correct way to read the amount of liquid in a graduated cylinder. It first discusses graduations on a cylinder and then quizzes the user on reading the amount in a cylinder.
- Medical Assistant Learning Objects is a series of interactive learning lessons geared toward medical assistants. Topics covered include apical pulse, blood collection tubes, commonly misspelled words, the endocrine system, muscles, medical asepsis, open wounds, medical examination positions, professionalism, scheduling, message taking, the lymphatic system, muscles, skeletons and business correspondence. The user needs Adobe Flash installed on his or her computer to view the learning objects. There is a login option, but learning objects can be viewed without logging in. The user should click on 'Health' on the left-hand side and then on 'Medical Assistant' to view the learning objects.
- Medical Terminology Pronunciation Jukebox tells the user how certain medical words are pronounced. The user clicks on an album, such as blood, body structure, cardiovascular or digestive system. A list of words then appears, and the user clicks on them one by one to hear the proper pronunciation.
- Root Words for the Medical Transcriptionist is a quiz consisting of 74 terms. The user clicks on a medical term root word and drags it to its correct definition. Each part of the quiz has a time limit of 15 seconds to match up five pairs. The quiz moves on even if the user does not complete matching the pairs.
University of Washington School of Medicine
- Learn CPR provides a selection of illustrated guides and videos that teach users cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), along with how to treat a choking victim. CPR instructions are given for adults, children, infants, cats and dogs. Videos show how to perform CPR and how to help a choking victim.
Des Moines University
- Online Medical Terminology Course helps students learn about 300 medical words and their definitions. The course teaches the fundamental makeup of medical terms, so the user can go on to learn new words. The course is made up of text lessons and quizzes.
University of Utah
- Phlebotomy demonstrates the venipuncture process. Items covered include patient identification, equipment, labeling, multiple-tube phlebotomy, access sites, patient care, quality assurance and infection control. The tutorial consists of illustrated text and slides.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
- Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine helps students learn about the various parts of medical words, along with how to put them together. The tutorial includes quizzes. Flash Player is needed to view the tutorial.
University of Minnesota
- Web Anatomy includes self-tests on topics such as bones, histology and the digestive system. Timed tests cover such topics as the skin, full skeleton and body's muscles. Other features of the site are multiplayer games - on the heart, digestive and respiratory system - and the quiz bowl, which tests the user's knowledge of body regions, body systems and bloods cells, among other topics.