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 Course Title:   Basic Medical Terminology

 Title Abbreviation:   MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    102

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Learning word parts of medical terms; word building and definitions; medical terms as related to each system of the human body. Correct spelling of medical terms and medical conditions is emphasized. Influence of different cultures on medical terms.


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Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze words by dividing them into component parts.
  2. Relate the medical terms to the structure and function of the human body.
  3. Spell and pronounce medical terms correctly.
  4. Define medical terms.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to medical terminology.
  2. Terms regarding the structure of the human body.
  3. Terms regarding the following body systems:
    • Skeletal.
    • Muscular.
    • Cardiovascular.
    • Lymphatic and immune.
    • Respiratory.
    • Digestive.
    • Urinary.
    • Special senses: Eyes and ears.
    • Integumentary.
    • Endocrine.
    • Reproductive.