The Certificate in Medical Language program provides students with a credential recognizing their proficiency in medical terminology, including etymology, word formation and the conventions of contemporary usage.

Quick facts
  • One- or two-year certificate
  • Full- or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school

What you will learn

During the process of completing the required courses for this certificate, you will develop not only the necessary skills to define medical terms (including the Latin phrases that comprise the international corpus of anatomical names, known as the Terminologia Anatomica), but also to coin original terms to describe new medical conditions, procedures and discoveries accurately and succinctly.

Requirements (15 credit units)

Course Description

Complete the following 12 credit units:
CLAS 103.3 Medical Terminology
CLAS 203.3 Advanced Medical Terminology
LATN 112.3 Latin for Beginners I
LATN 113.3 Latin for Beginners II

Choose 3 credit units from the following:
LATN 202.3 Intermediate Latin I
GRK 112.3 Greek for Beginners
CLAS 101.3 Introduction to Scientific Terminology
HIST 273.3 History of Ancient Medicine

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.


The Certificate in Medical Language is designed to help you develop your proficiency in defining and understanding medical terminology.

Students in numerous programs - including nursing, biology, kinesiology and any of the biomedical sciences - regularly encounter complex medical terms throughout the course of their studies, and the training provided by this certificate will enable you to recognize and define those terms quickly and easily whenever you encounter them.

In addition, on completion of the certificate, you will be well-versed in the linguistic skills needed to understand the medical terms that you will come across in postgraduate studies and your future career.


Some career opportunities include:

  • Health records clerk
  • Medical clerk interpreter
  • Health information management professional
  • Medical transcriptionist

This certificate will also benefit anyone who is considering future studies in life or health sciences such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and veterinary medicine etc., in addition to many related graduate programs.

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $638 per class $1,740 per class
Fees $947 per year $947 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2021
Dec 1, 2020
Documents due: Dec 15, 2020
Oct 1, 2020
Documents due: Oct 15, 2020
May 2021
Apr 1, 2021
Documents due: May 1, 2021
Feb 1, 2021
Documents due: Mar 1, 2021
July 2021
May 1, 2021
Documents due: Jun 1, 2021
Mar 1, 2021
Documents due: Apr 1, 2021
September 2021
Aug 15, 2021
Documents due: Aug 15, 2021
May 1, 2021
Documents due: Jun 1, 2021
January 2022
Dec 1, 2021
Documents due: Dec 15, 2021
Sep 1, 2021
Documents due: Oct 1, 2021

Ready to apply?

You must be admitted to a degree program in the College of Arts and Science to enroll in this certificate program.

Apply to any undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Science and after you are admitted, declare your plans to the college.

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