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Medical Terminology Class??

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by EarleeStart, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. EarleeStart


    Apr 10, 2007
    Hi, guys. I'm an Undergrad Freshman at Georgia State University. I was wondering if taking a Medical Terminology class would be a good idea for Dental School preparation. Would that class mainly be applicable to Med students? If I should take it, should I wait until like Junior year? I just need some things to fill my schedule with and really don't feel like doing an extra history class :sleep:or anything else as boring as that. Thanks guys!
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  3. Streetwolf

    Streetwolf Ultra Senior Member Dentist 7+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    (Hopefully) interesting course.
    Not something you dislike.
    Could give you a slight edge someday. Maybe.

    Sounds good to me. Take it when you are comfortable taking it.
  4. EarleeStart


    Apr 10, 2007
    Okay.. I think I'll go for it. It will probably be a good foundation, anyway. Thanks for your help! :D
  5. roudyreptile


    Apr 12, 2007
    hey i signed up for med term too :) My question is do classes matter much during your sr year since when applying they will not know the outcome of those classes?
  6. pmantz

    pmantz Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    They matter if you are taking pre reqs. Some people take Biochem their senior year or upperlevel biology coures which might be pre reqs at some places. Most schools require you to maintain your GPA so they will check your grades before you matriculate.
  7. 92CamaroLS1

    92CamaroLS1 10+ Year Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    I took a Med. Term class...Ill tell ya it definatly helps just in general if your a bio student. So many latin/greek based words and you really learn to break down the words into their meanings. Better advice would be to take latin or greek, but med term is a nice little break down of the important terms.
  8. Veneto

    Veneto Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2004

    Yes these classes really do matter. In December or maybe January AADSAS send out a transcript update form in which you give grades from the previous semester. Then most schools also require the same after the spring semester. While the grades usually wont get you un-accepted after you have that acceptance letter alot of schools will wait to see your fall semester grades to see how you do in your usually upper level courses during your senior year. I know UoP says all senior grades must be B's or better or they will not accept you.
  9. gatormichigan

    gatormichigan 7+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    nooo I think it would be helpful. take it!!!! AND I think it counts a science course towards your GPA (anyone know for sure that can back me up on this???)... sooooooo that can boost up that science GPA in case it needs it
  10. EarleeStart


    Apr 10, 2007
    OooH.... science GPA, huh? That would be grand :) I'll look that up and see if i can confirm that.
  11. 92CamaroLS1

    92CamaroLS1 10+ Year Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    mmm, I duno....I would need to hear some confirmation on that. Would be nice if its true, but I am skeptical.
  12. Regmata

    Regmata Member Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    The medical terminology class that I took was based in latin and extremely useful down the line. Considering that the language of dentistry and medicine is based in latin, being able to break down the words helps a great deal in determing what things are or do.

    I doubt that schools care too much if you take it, but it will be beneficial to you as a student.

    No, it is not a science course
  13. albodent

    albodent Member 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    orlando FL.
    Sure it is a science course. It is MEDICAL terminology, where else would it be? It is also included in the science gpa, so I say go for easy A.
  14. Regmata

    Regmata Member Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    At my school, it was given by the classics was a language course. Science courses deal with hard sciences, not learning how to break down latin terms into english...whether or not it deals with science.

    You could check on the AADSAS site and see if they allow you to put it under your BCP, but I highly doubt it. If I recall, BCP was reserved for the core sciences, physio and anatomy for the most part...

    Additionally, MEDICAL ethics is not considered a science course...I don't think that putting the word medical in the course name constitutes is justification to classify a course as a science course...but I could be wrong

    Whether you get credit as a science course or not, it is still worth taking
  15. KiltLad83

    KiltLad83 2+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    at my school they count the terminology as an ENGLISH class of all things...thinks it depends on the school
  16. bportner1984

    bportner1984 2+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2007
    Medicial terminology is NOT a science course and thus will not count towards your science GPA. It is usually in the classics or language department.

    P.S. - I've taken it, easy class, and very informative.
  17. dddsmack

    dddsmack my baby and I 2+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    Heber City Native
    It won't help you for the DAT, but I am sure it will be useful in dschool.
  18. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    I'm taking it this fall as well, it sounded interesting!

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