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Revision Date: 09-May-23

Summer 2023 | AHS-1205-VO01 - Medical Terminology

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Danielle Lafleur Brooks
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

Course Description

This course encompasses the development and use of medical vocabulary, definitions, and medical abbreviations. Students will build medical terms through the use of prefixes, word roots, combining forms and suffixes.

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate the use of word roots, combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes that form the majority of medical terms.
2. Define, spell, pronounce, and employ a fundamental vocabulary of medical terms.
3. Translate medical terminology from word/terms to abbreviations and from abbreviations to word/terms.
4. Relate appropriate medical terms to structures and functions of the human body and related body systems (e.g. musculoskeletal, immune, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, and digestive).
5. Identify and define medical terms related to diseases and disorders.
6. Identify and define medical terms related to diagnostic and surgical procedures.
7. Demonstrate the proper use of a medical dictionary.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Summer 2023 textbook details will be available on 2022-11-28. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

AHS-1205-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.



Exploring Medical Language, 11th edition will be our textbook and the foundation of our learning together. The learning system incorporates repetition as a way to support the memorization of the word parts used to understand medical terms, whole medical terms, and medical abbreviations. If writing new information by hand is helpful for you, please, consider acquiring a paper copy of the textbook so that you may complete chapter exercises on the pages of the book as a way to support your learning. Many students in the past have indicated that they intend to keep the book as a resource to use as they continue their studies and venture into the medical field. Also, please note that students are expected to use the companion website, Evolve, to practice pronunciation and spelling.

Learning Activities

  • Reading and Completing Textbook Exercises
  • Pronunciation, Spelling, and Learning Activities on Evolve Website
  • Writing and Reading Discussion Posts
  • Presentation of a Healthcare Professional Interview, Case Study, and Web Report
  • Journal Entries
  • Record pronunciation of terms
  • Practice Quizzes and Exams
  • Graded Quizzes and Exams

Description and Weighting of Learning Activities

The table below lists the learning activities and their point values.

Activity Weight Point Value Notes
Reading 0% 0 Not graded
Textbook exercises 0% 0 Not graded, but essential for preparing for class discussions and exams

Online Learning Activities


0% 0 Not graded, but essential for learning pronunciation and spelling of medical terms; provides activities supporting audio, visual, and hands-on learning styles
Discussion Posts 40% 10 per discussion Weekly discussions; minimum of two posts per discussion
Presentations 10% 50 total Write a case study (25 points) and a web report (25 points); post and facilitate discussion. One time on a topic from the textbook chapter during a week you sign up to present.
Journal Entries & Pronunciation and Spelling Checks 10% 5 each Reflect on learning, textbook exercises, and other learning activities in journal entries; spell and record pronunciation of medical terms.
Practice Quizzes & Exams 0% 0 Not graded, but helps to prepare for quizzes and exams
Quizzes 20% 1 point per question 20-40 questions on Canvas
Exams 20% 1 point per question 3 exams, approximately 100 questions each; extra credit available with completion of exam analysis form
Total 100%

100 – 90 = A

89 - 80% = B

79 – 70% = C

69% - 60% = D

59% and below =F

Extra Credit 30 points possible Write and post a second case study (15 points) and web report (15 points)

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments

  • Introduction to Medical Language
  • Body Structure, oncology, and laboratory
  • Directional terms, positions, imaging

Chap 1 (15pp.), Chap 2 (43 pp.), and Chap 3 (32 pp.)

  • Introduction discussion
  • Chapter content discussion
  • Practice Quiz, Chap 1
  • Graded Quiz, Chap 1 - 3


Integumentary System


Chapter 4 (40 pp.)

  • Interview summary
  • Chapter content discussion
  • Chapter 4 Quiz
  • Journal Entry #1


Respiratory System


Chapter 5 (54 pp.)

  • Quantitative literacy small group discussion
  • Chapter content discussion
  • Chapter 5 Quiz


Urinary System


Chapter 6 (41 pp.)

  • Chapter content discussion
  • Exam 1, chapters 1 - 6


Male Reproductive System


Chapter 7 (36 pp.)

  • Case Study and Web Report Presentation Example Discussion
  • Chapter Content discussion
  • Chapter 7 Quiz
  • Journal Entry #2
  • Exam 1 Analysis Form (extra credit)

  • Female Reproductive System
  • Obstetrics and Neonatology

Chapter 8 (45 pp.) and Chapter 9 (41 pp.)

  • Case Study and Web Report Presentations/Chapter Content Discussion
  • Chapter 8 Quiz
  • Chapter 9 Quiz
  • Pronunciation and Spelling Check


Cardiovascular, Immune, and Lymphatic Systems & Blood


Chapter 10 (57 pp.)

  • Case Study and Web Report Presentations
  • Chapter content discussion
  • Chapter 10 Quiz


Digestive System


Chapter 11 (48 pp.)

  • Presentation of Case Studies and Web Reports/Chapter Content Discussion
  • Exam 2, chapters 7 - 11
  • Journal Entry #3


Special Senses: Eye and Ear


Chapter 12 (39 pp.) and Chapter 13 (27 pp.)

  • Case Study and Web Report Presentations
  • Chapter content discussion
  • Chapter 12 quiz
  • Chapter 13 quiz


Musculoskeletal System


Chapter 14 (59 pp.)

  • Case Study and Web Report Presentations
  • Chapter content discussion
  • Chapter 14 quiz


Nervous System and Behavioral Health


Chapter 15 (44 pp.)

  • Letter to Future Student
  • Chapter content discussion
  • Chapter 15 quiz
  • Journal Entry #4


Endocrine System


Chapter 16 (32 pp.)

  • Farewell Message
  • Chapter content discussion
  • Exam 3, chapters 12-16
  • Pronunciation and Spelling Check

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

  1. To be actively engaged on our course site as you are, meaning authentically you with your experiences and skills and reflective of where you are on your academic journey - PERFECTION NOT REQUIRED.
  2. To thoroughly participate in chapter content discussions with an initial post addressing the discussion assignment AND responding to another student using informal research with source citations.
  3. Your classwork is to be thorough, honest, and reflective of your learning process. I am not looking for perfection, but for academic progress over time. Making mistakes (and correcting them) is an essential part of learning.
  4. Most importantly, effort and attention toward meeting the goals of this course along with clear and honest communication with the class and with the instructor.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  1. All assigned work is expected to be submitted on time, even when you are absent.
  2. You are responsible for checking our course site in Canvas to schedule your time so you may optimally engage in our class and meet assignment due dates. Please, reach out if anything is unclear.
  3. When life serves up an unexpected obstacle, you are responsible for communicating with the instructor explaining what you are navigating and how you plan to meet your academic responsibilities.
  4. Late work is accepted for partial credit with permission from the instructor.
  5. Late work is to be approved by the instructor and must be completed before the last week of class and within a reasonable timeframe, considering the time it was due and the amount of time it takes to grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.