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Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. Students

Understanding the clinical terms and abbreviations commonly used during verbal or written communication in U.S. hospitals is challenging. This course is designed for U.S. health care profession students and for international students and practitioners who want to become more familiar with the language of the U.S. clinical setting. Others, such as caregivers and medical interpreters, who wish to develop a better understanding of terms and abbreviations used by health care providers will find this course helpful. The course provides visual and auditory learning experiences to enhance the understanding of terms and abbreviations commonly encountered on a general U.S. hospital unit. All content including quizzes are available at no cost to the learner. If you need a certificate, you can apply for financial aid or pay the fee. To find out more, click Learn more and apply next to the information about Financial Aid. (Use a computer, not a mobile device, for this step.)

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Rating 4.8 based on 179 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Jan 24 (24 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Pittsburgh via Coursera
Instructors Valerie Swigart, Ph.D. R.N., Michael Gold, Ph.D.
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Language English
Subjects Science Languages Humanities
Tags Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Language Learning Learning English Patient Care

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Thank you so much for doing this online class.

I LIKE SO MUCH THE CONTENT OF THE COURSE, IT IS SO HELPFULL FOR ME WHO WORK WITH ENGLISH REPORTS.

it helps me a lot to understand medical terms and read documents by english, help me expand my knowledge, this course is so great for medical student who wanna learn Medical EnglishThanks in million thanks so much about the good lessons really helpful!

Thank you so much for this experience.

Thank you so much the University of Pittsburgh for creating this course for students like us.

Although this course was more aimed at nursing and medical students, and not so much at linguists, it's still a valuable resource for both.

Thank you so much!!!

It was a good course, but definitely I woul change the name and description of it because it´s full of Clinical abrevations and not so much terminology!

I had so much fun learning these new Terminology and Abbreviation , also the information about each disease , equipment and system.

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recommend this course

this course is very helpful GReat class, lots of materials and information that will help me in medical field very useful terms I am an IMG and recommend this course as preparation if you are going to do an observership, and English is your 2nd or 3rd language.

I recommend this course to anyone who is not that familiar with the clinical terminology used in labs and doctor's offices.

Overall...I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to learn medical terminology.

I'm not a student at University of Pittsburgh, but I definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to get more acquainted with medical terminology.

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clinical terminology

excellent intro to basics of Clinical Terminology very good course Excelent!

I WILL IMPROVE MY KNOWLEDGE IN MORE CLINICAL TERMINOLOGY BY READING AND DOING RESEARCH.

It was a great opportunity to learn the basics on Clinical Terminology and really helped me through a clinical experience I had the chance to do after completing the course!

for me as a translator, this was an excellent introduction for clinical terminology.

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very well organized

The course was very well organized, with a small hiccup where certain practice quiz content had not been covered yet but was covered in the following chapter.

This course is very well organized in six weeks, the information learnt over these weeks was completely useful and rewarding for the student to acquire.

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health care

Incredibly useful for an international health care student who wants to learn how to successfully communicate in a clinical setting in the US This course was really helpful.

very good, allowed me to learn a lot and train a new language Really beneficial to Health Care Providers, highly recommended.

As a non-health care professional already familiar with some medical terminology, I learnt many new terms and clinical scenarios, while reinforcing and expanding on what I already knew.

I am now more familiar and knowledgeable enough with the clinical terms, mobile equipment, laboratory tests, diseases, understanding the abbreviations and route of administration and with the aid of Clinical Terminology Dictionary for BeginningInternational and U.S. Health Care Providers and the Nursing Simulation Scenario Library, that made me easy to comprehend with the course.

I have had no real training in the health care field, but I work at a hospital and I want to get ahead in the administrative side of health care.

This was a great course for the person taking his first health care baby steps.

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clinical setting

s you may know all the medical stuff, but abbreviations are indeed a big part of the US clinical setting.

This was a very useful course, it did what it said, helping me understand the terminology in a clinical setting.

Some of the shorthand used in this course is not relevant in the clinical setting.

The way they did things would be flagged immediately in the clinical setting.Overall though it was a decent learning experience to add to my knowledge of clinical terms, and is a good basic introduction to what you will hear while working in a clinical setting.

An advantage is that this course focuses on terms most likely heard or seen in a clinical setting.

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already knew

I did not spend a lot of time on it because I already knew quite a lot of medical terminology in English and in other languages.

But overall, a very good class that helped reinforce a lot of what I already knew and enlightened me on some things I did not.

Taught me new concepts and reinforced those I already knew.

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improve my

I found it useful because I wanted to improve my knowledge of English medical terminology.

it is also the motivation for me to continue to try to study and find more medical materials to improve my skills, and cure my illness people An Amazing course All thankful to you from my heart Wonderful !

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valerie swigart

My deepliest gratitude to professors: Valerie Swigart, Ph.D. R.N.

For the six weeks of class by Dr.Valerie Swigart along with Michael Gold & Zhang Liang, I have learned a lot regarding Medical Terminology.

Thank you Valerie Swigart, PhD, RN, CRNP and her team and thanks to University of Pittsburg!

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many new

Thorough and comprehensive I learned many new things, that is vital for me.

I have learn many new abbreviations that I was not aware of.

prs list

i a little bit repetitive for the PRS list glossary terms,I mean it's good to get refreshed,but I desire that in different formats rather than a list each time,maybe can consider in a fashion of video,cartoon,etc to make the PRS list even more interesting and picturesque.

I am already using the PRS list as I am studying anatomy and physiology.

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Rating 4.8 based on 179 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Jan 24 (24 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Pittsburgh via Coursera
Instructors Valerie Swigart, Ph.D. R.N., Michael Gold, Ph.D.
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Languages Humanities
Tags Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Language Learning Learning English Patient Care

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