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  3. March 2023 Module: Introduction to Pharmacology & Medical Terminology

This course will become available in 2024.

Description: The ability to describe varying kinds of medications as well as human anatomy are foundational skills for ASL/English interpreters to work effectively in healthcare settings. This 20 hour module is an introduction to pharmacology and how medications impact the body. It also addresses terminology origins, medical roots, suffixes, and prefixes, and  applies those terms to the body systems which they affect. Medication dosing will provide interpreters with a working knowledge of medications used in medical settings and how to accurately relay medication information, e.g., medication dosing, dosing intervals, duration, tapering and side effects.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Determine the meaning of stem words to break down complex medical terms and their components to decipher the meaning.
  • Apply common medical terms and understanding of healthcare systems to sight translate a medical questionnaire.
  • Describe the structure of the body, from simplest to most complex.
  • Identify common impacts of trauma within the D/deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing communities.

Time commitment

This module will require about 20 hours of work. You must invest at least 16 hours of work. There are no set meeting times. All work must be completed by 11:59pm on March 31.

Course Outline:

  • Resources and Support
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Foundations of Pharmacology and Medical Terminology
  • Compliance
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy
  • ASL Dictionaries
  • Post-Assessment

Technology requirements

Modules are offered through Canvas online learning management system.

  • You must have high-speed internet access and a tablet or computer that supports:
  • Ability to work online and type or video record discussion posts.
  • Ability to record videos.
  • Ability to upload videos to YouTube for sharing with others in Canvas.
  • Ability to access streamed video content.


Access to this module is free.

A link to the course will become available on March 1st at 9:00am CST.

Our Self-Directed modules and webshops are offered on demand once opened. Enrollment will remain open until March 31st.

Please note: This module requires at least 16 hours of work and must be completed by March 31st.

All our self-directed tracks are open enrollment which means it is not limited to a specific number of participants.

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To be eligible for CEUs you must complete the pre-assessment, watch all the videos, complete self-reflection activities and quizzes, and complete the post-assessment by 11:59pm on March 31.

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St. Catherine University is a RID-approved CMP sponsor. This module is approved for 2.0 professional studies CEUs.

CEUs will be posted by April 14, 2023.

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