ESL Medical Terminology Curriculum

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North Seattle Community College
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ESL Healthcare Bridge Program
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The ESL Healthcare Bridge Program is designed to move non-native English speaking students further and faster into healthcare training programs. This bridge program is designed for students who intend to become healthcare professionals.  This course is intended to familiarize non-native English speakers with common medical terms used in college-level medical terminology courses. Students study word elements (prefixes, suffixes, and roots) for terms in anatomy and physiology, selected diseases, symptoms, procedures, commonly used x-ray and lab tests, and commonly used abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on pronunciation, meaning, and word elements. Links to the complete ESL Healthcare Bridge Program curriculum can be found at:

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Students will be able to improve their English language skills as they learn medical terminology and prepare for additional courses in entry-level healthcare programs.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.