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Revision Date: 04-Apr-22

Summer 2022 | AHS-1205-VO02F - Medical Terminology

Flex Class

Flex courses are online courses with flexible assignment submission, allowing students to manage their completion pace during the semester. Flex courses remain open for enrollment throughout the first half of the semester. Flex course enrollment for Summer 2022 ends on July 8.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-24-2022 to 08-15-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-13-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-11-2022 - Refund Policy
Open Seats/Section Limit: 6/20 (as of 05-18-22 8:05 PM)


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 2022 textbook details will be available on 2022-04-04. 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-VO02F 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.


Flex Course

This is a Flex course where you will be responsible for scheduling your time to complete 15 Modules of coursework by the end of the session. To be successful in this class, you must employ effective time management and organizational skills. In 15 Modules, we will work through 16 chapters of the assigned medical terminology textbook, read and write discussion posts, complete several writing assignments to demonstrate the use of medical language in context, and take chapter quizzes and exams. This course will be challenging and rewarding.You will get out of it what you put into it!


Exploring Medical Language, 11th editionwill 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, students are expected to use the companion website, Evolve, to practice pronunciation and spelling.

Learning Activities

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

Description and Weighting of Learning Activities

The table below lists the learning activities, percentages of the course grade, and point values


Course Grade %

Point Value





Not graded

Textbook exercises



Not graded directly, but essential for preparing for class discussions, quizzes, and exams. Students will be asked to show their textbook work to the instructor for credit within journal entries.

Online Learning Activities




Not graded, but essential for learning pronunciation and spelling of medical terms; provides activities supporting audio, visual, and hands-on learning styles

Discussion Posts


10 per discussion

Minimum of two posts per discussion, including a response to another student based on informal research



85 total

  • Case Study
  • Web Report

Other Assignments, including Healthcare Professional Interview and Journal Entries



Journal Entries: Reflect on learning, report textbook exercises, online activities on the Evolve website, and other learning activities.

Practice Quizzes & Exams



Not graded, but helps to prepare for quizzes and exams

Quizzes and Exams


1 point per question

Multiple choice, matching, type correct spelling



Extra Credit


  • Exam Analysis Forms
  • Second Case Study
  • Second Web Report

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


Suggested Weekly Schedule to Complete 15 Modules in 12 Weeks

Module 1: Introduction to the course and to medical language

Module 2: Body structure, oncology, laboratory +Directional terms, positions, imaging


Module 1: Read Chapter 1 (15 pages), complete exercises

Module 2: Read Chapters 2 & 3 (74 pages), complete exercises


Module 1:

  1. Introductions and Course Expectations Discussion (10 pts)
  2. Chapter 1 Discussion (10 pts)
  3. Identify Medical Professional to Interview for Module 3 Assignment (5 pts)
  4. Study Plan Assignment (10 pts)
  5. Practice Quiz, Chapter 1 (not graded)

Module 2:

  1. Chapters 2 & 3 Discussion (10 pts)
  2. Sign up for a Module 15 presentation topic (5 pts)
  3. Journal Entry #1 (5 pts)
  4. Chapters 1-3 (45 pts)



Module 3: Integumentary System


Read Chapter 4 (38 pages), complete exercises


Module 3:

  1. Chapter 4 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Interview a medical professional about the use of medical language (25 pts)
  3. Chapter 4 Quiz (50 pts)


Module 4: Respiratory System


Read Chapter 5 (54 pages), complete exercises


Module 4:

  1. Chapter 5 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Pronunciation and Spelling Check (5 pts)
  3. Chapter 5 Quiz (48 pts)


Module 5: Urinary System

Module 6: Male Reproductive System


Module 5: Read Chapter 6 (41 pages), complete exercises

Module 6: Read Chapter 7 (36 pages), complete exercises


Module 5:

  1. Chapter 6 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Exam Note Sheet (5 pts)
  3. Exam 1, chap. 1-6 (100pts)
  4. Exam Analysis Form, up to 10 points extra credit

Module 6:

  1. Chapter 7 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Journal Entry #2 (5 pts)
  3. Chapter 7 Quiz (46 pts)


Module 7: Female Reproductive System

Module 8: Obstetrics and Neonatology


Module 7: Read Chapter 8 (44 pages), complete exercises

Module 8: Read Chapter 9 (41 pages), complete exercises


Module 7:

  1. Chapter 8 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Pronunciation and Spelling Check (5 pts)
  3. Presentation Check (5 pts)
  4. Chapter 8 Quiz (41 pts)

Module 8:

  1. Chapter 9 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Quantitative Literacy Discussion (30 pts)
  3. Chapter 9 Quiz (36 pts)


Module 9: Cardiovascular, Immune and Lymphatic Systems and Blood


Read Chapter 10 (57 pages), complete exercises


Module 9:

  1. Chapter 10 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Journal Entry #3 (5 pts)
  3. Chapter 10 Quiz (64 pts)


Module 10: Digestive System


Read Chapter 11 (48 pages), complete exercises


Module 10:

  1. Chapter 11 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Exam Note Sheet (5 pts)
  3. Exam 2, chap. 7-11 (100 pts)
  4. Exam Analysis Form, up to 10 points extra credit


Module 11: Special Senses: Eye and Ear


Read Chapters 12 & 13 (65 pages), complete exercises


Module 11:

  1. Chapter 12 & 13 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Pronunciation and Spelling Check (5 pts)
  3. Chapter 12 Quiz (52 pts)
  4. Chapter 13 Quiz (28 pts)


Module 12: Musculoskeletal System


Read Chapter 14 (59 pages), complete exercises


Module 12:

  1. Chapter 14 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Letter to Future Student (10 pts)
  3. Presentation Draft (10 points)
  4. Chapter 14 Quiz (48 pts)


Module 13: Nervous System and Behavior Health


Read Chapter 15 (44 pages), complete exercises


Module 13:

  1. Chapter 15 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Journal Entry #4 (5 pts)
  3. Chapter 15 Quiz (45 pts)


Module 14: Endocrine System


Read Chapter 16 (32 pages), complete exercises


Module 14:

  1. Chapter 16 discussion (10 pts)
  2. Exam Note Sheet (5 pts)
  3. Exam 3, chaps 12-16 (100 pts)
  4. Exam Analysis Form, up to 10 points extra credit


Module 15: Synthesis of Learning




Module 15:

  1. Case Study (35 pts)
  2. Web Report (35 pts)
  3. Discussion Reflection (10 pts)
  4. Pronunciation and Spelling Check (5 pts)

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 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 me.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Because this is a Flex course, due dates are not assigned throughout the semester (so "late" work is not possible). Modules must be completed in order, starting with Module 0. Modules will not be accessible until the previous Module is complete. All assignments, quizzes, and exams must be completed before the next Module will open. Credit will not be given for missing work, and future work will not be available until all work for a Module is complete.

Please, note this is a hefty course that will require dedicated time and attention. It may not be possible to earn credit for the course if the majority of Module work is left until the end of the semester.

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.

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