Medical Terminology Proficiency



Medical Terminology Proficiency

HIMP 1020: Medical Terminology Proficiency Requirement

Students entering any of the associate degree healthcare programs (with the exception of the Health Information program) are required to complete a medical terminology course with a grade of C or better. This requirement may be met by taking HIMP 1020 at St. Kate’s, transferring in a course from another institution or successfully completing the Medical Terminology Proficiency Exam. If you plan to use a transfer course, it must have been taken within 5 years of entering the University.

There is a fee equal to 25% of the cost of the course to take this exam. If you successfully pass the exam the fee will be added to your student account when the exam is posted to your transcript.

Taking the Exam

The HIMP 1020 Medical Terminology Proficiency Exam is available to all associate degree health care students (except Health Information students) who have taken a medical terminology course more than 5 years ago or are confident in their knowledge of basic medical terminology. If you pass this test, you will have met the medical terminology requirement for your program.

As an associate degree student, it is best to take the proficiency exam upon entering the University. This will ensure that you have time to complete the course if you do not pass the exam.

You can attempt the test one time. Make sure you do a thorough review before taking the test.

Exam Schedule

Date Time Room
Monday, February 2 12:00 p.m. OM 241

Exam Fees

Yes, there is a fee. If you pass the medical terminology proficiency exam, you will be charged a fee equal to 25% of the tuition for the 1 credit HIMP 1020 course. This fee is non-refundable.

Exam Format

The exam is 50 multiple choice questions covering all body systems. Some questions may be easy, asking you to identify a common word part, such as cardi/o or –ectomy.  Some will be more difficult, asking you to take apart a complex word and answer a question. For example, what is a gastroduodenoscopy or what is anemia? These will all be in a multiple choice format, but you will be expected to know all the word parts involved to answer the question.

Preparing for the Exam

The best way to study is to review your textbook to see if you are comfortable with words in all the body systems. Some students are very familiar with one or two body systems, but the test will cover all of them.  If you no longer have your text, there are a many online medical terminology quizzes and games that are fun and helpful. To find them, enter “medical terminology quizzes” in your search engine.

Passing the Exam

Your exam will be scored while you wait. You will know immediately if you passed.

You can attempt the proficiency exam only once. If you don't pass the exam, you will need to complete the medical terminology requirement by taking HIMP1020 at the University or you may complete an appropriate course elsewhere for transfer.

Questions About the Exam

The Health Information department oversees the Medical Terminology Proficiency Exam.  If you have questions about the exam, contact: