ALH1655 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in freshman or sophomore year.
ALH1655 - Medical Terminology (3 hrs)
Medical Terminology is designed to present basic principles of medical word building. The study will develop competencies in the basic elements forming medical words, categorizing major suffixes and group prefixes. Anatomical, physiological, and pathological terms will be reviewed so that students will better understand special medical procedures. This is the introductory course in medical terminology and is intended for all who desire knowledge in this subject.
Successful completion of BIO 4150 Anatomy and Physiology recommended.
Medical Terminology is designed to present basic principles of medical word building. The study will develop competencies in the basic elements forming medical words, categorizing major suffixes and group prefixes. Anatomical, physiological, and pathological terms will be reviewed so that students will better understand special medical procedures.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to accurately describe the human body and conditions, disease processes and procedures using appropriate terminology. The student will gain a comprehension of medical terminology based on the concept of word roots, usually describing a body part, prefixes, which give additional information about that part, and suffixes that add meaning such as condition, disease processes, or procedures.
Units Outcomes and Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.
UNIT 1 - The Word-Building System
Outcomes: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the elements of medical terminology.
- Explain the method by which basic elements form medical words.
- Apply knowledge of operative, diagnostic, and symptomatic suffixes.
- Apply knowledge of adjective, diminutive, and noun suffixes and the
- rules for changing singular words to plural words.
- Apply knowledge of prefixes of position, number and measurement,
- negation, and direction.
UNITS 2-15 - The Specialities
Outcomes: The student will demonstrate a functional use of medical terminology.
- Recognize medical words by analyzing their Greek and Latin parts.
- Spell and pronounce medical words correctly.
- Recall acceptable abbreviations and their meanings for medical terms and phrases.
- Use a medical dictionary.
- List and define the levels of organization in the human body.
- Demonstrate an understanding of medical terms associated with
- Define and identify four body planes.
- List two dorsal cavities and two ventral cavities, and identify at least one organ within each cavity.
- List and locate nine abdominopelvic regions and the four quadrants of the same area.
- Demonstrate an understanding of body imaging by defining terms
- associated with radiology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasonography.
- Define directional terms and be able to use them correctly.
- Identify combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes related to body structure.
- Describe and define all major systems in the body.
Case studies and worksheets from text and the Internet.
Contact Bookstore for current textbook.
Microcomputers and printers Internet
Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
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Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.