AH-100: Medical Terminology

Health and Human Services
Health Careers
Health Careers
Academic Level
Course Subject
Allied Health
Course Number
Course Title
Medical Terminology
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Presents health and disease medical terminology in relation to human structure and function. Introduces key elements in the formation and modification of medical terms which then is applied to specific body systems.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

Upon completion of this course, the student will have a foundation in the specialized language of medicine so that they are able to define, spell, pronounce, and analyze the common medical terms as well as understand the context in which these medical terms are used.

Core Course Topics
  1. Basic Word Structure
  2. Suffixes, roots
  3. Prefixes
  4. Body as a Whole
  5. Digestive System
  6. Musculoskeletal System
  7. Cardiovascular System
  8. Respiratory System
  9. Blood System
  10. Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  11. Urinary System
  12. Male Reproductive System
  13. Female Reproductive System
  14. Integumentary (Skin) System
  15. Nervous System
  16. Eyes and Ears
  17. Endocrine System
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Define, spell, and pronounce basic medical word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
  2. Divide common medical terms into their component parts.
  3. Define common medical terms using their component parts.
  4. Construct medical terms by putting word components together using combining forms, prefixes, and suffices for each body system.
  5. Describe anatomical and clinical divisions of the body.
  6. Differentiate the directions and planes of the body.
  7. Define, pronounce, and spell the common medical terms related to the human body systems.
  8. Use common medical terms in both written and verbal formats as related to the human body systems.
  9. Describe the commonly encountered clinical procedures, laboratory tests, diagnostic tests, and therapeutic procedures for each of the human body systems.
  10. Describe an example of a common pathologic condition for each of the human body systems.
  11. Interpret a medical report for a selected body system covered this semester.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

The academic achievement will be assessed using a combination of quizzes, exams, assignments, oral presentations, participation, and a departmental comprehensive final exam.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Instructors (or their designees) reserve the right to require students to provide picture identification for test taking, graded papers or projects or other appropriate purposes.


To be determined by the School of Health and Human Services.

Effective Term
Fall 2019