Course Description

Assessment, Preparation, and Medical Terminology course focus on the use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play, and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children’s success.  Participants also engage with strategies and information for preparing for the Child Life Professional Examination, including information on intervention and professional responsibility and medical terminology associated with pediatric care.

Course Outline

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and decipher medical abbreviations
  • Analyze unfamiliar terms using the knowledge of word roots, suffixes and prefixes
  • Design practices that integrate documentation of children’s development and learning within a family-centered care framework
  • Prioritize additional studies for exam preparation




Certification Disclosure: Completion of the UCSB PaCE Child Life certificate program does not result in Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Individuals seeking certification must meet specific academic and clinical experience requirements in addition to passing the Child Life Professional Certification Exam. While courses in this certificate program count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in Child Life certification. For more information about certification, visit https://www.childlife.org/certification.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Sep 21, 2022 to Dec 09, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $600.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes

Students are required to purchase the following textbook(s) prior to the first class meeting

  • The Quick Study for Medical Terminology, by BarCharts, ISBN: 1423202600.

No refunds after 10/02/2022

Important Notes: 

  • All courses are 4 units and offered in an interactive online asynchronous format. Students are required to complete weekly assignments through GauchoSpace. 
  • After the 7th day of class, no late enrollments will be accepted (09/28/2022). 
  • One business day after enrollment, but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. 
  •  Your UCSBnetID will be used as the login for GauchoSpace (GS) and the off-campus login for the UCSB Library (to access online journals for your assignments).