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AHS-1205-VO06F - 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 Spring 2021 ends on March 19.

Synonym: 203434
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-26-2021 to 05-10-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-15-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-28-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Danielle Lafleur Brooks | View Faculty Credentials
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Comments: Flex section - students will work at their own pace to complete course objectives by the end of the term. Contact a CCV advisor for more information about this format.

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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.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

This course has been designed by the college and there is limited flexibility in adapting course content and materials to meet individual student needs. I will accompany you on this learning adventure and provide support as possible.

In regard to the use of textbooks, I strongly encourage acquiring the Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals 9th Edition so that you have a more recent, peer-reviewed foundation for your study of medical language. Medical terminology is not a static subject area and is more dynamic than some others in health sciences. There are constant changes in the use of medical terms as technology changes, medical science advances, and reimbursement platforms evolve. It is my hope that you will enter your future profession with the most current information available.


Your learning modules will consist of learning resources, demonstrate your learning forums, module assignments, and quizzes. You will also have a mid-term and final exam. In each module, you will create flashcards for the terminology used in the terminology self-tests and module terminology quizzes later in the module. In most modules, you will have pathology self-tests where you will be provided with a guide to complete to help you work through it. Your modules will end with a terminology quiz that combines questions from the flashcards and pathologies in each module. The modules are set up so that you work through each resource and assignment sequentially so that you are set up for success by the time you hit the final module quiz.

Demonstrate Your Learningforums are a part of every learning module and most are post-first discussions which means that you will post your reply before seeing the replies of others. Discussions will be graded based on the following rubric:

Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Approaching Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations Points
Knowledge Comprehensive, in-depth and wide-ranging
(5 points)
Up to date and relevant
(4 points)
Relevant but not comprehensive
(3 points)
Limited superficial knowledge/response
(2 points)
5 points
Understanding Outstanding ability to grasp concepts and relate theory to practice
(5 points)
High level of ability to conceptualize essential ideas and relate theory to practice
(4 points)
Some ability to conceptualize essential ideas and relate theory to practice
(3 points)
Limited ability to draw out concepts and relate theory to practice
(2 points)
5 points
Writing Skills Excellent mechanics, sentence structure, and organization
(5 points)
Significant mechanics, structure and organization
(4 points)
Some grammatical lapses, uses emotional response in lieu of relevant points
(3 points)
Poor grammar, weak communication
(2 points)
5 points
Application & Analysis Grasps inner relationship of concepts. Excellent use of a wide range of supporting material
(5 points)
Demonstrates the ability to analyze and synthesize, independent analysis, good use of a range of supportive material
(4 points)
Informed commentary with some evidence of genuine analysis; some supportive materials used
(3 points)
Lacks evidence of critical analysis, poor use of supportive evidence
(2 points)
5 points
Total Points: 20 points

Evaluation Criteria:

Assignment Category Grade Weight Percentage
Demonstrate Your Learning Forums 15%
Assignments 20%
Quizzes 45%
Mid-Term Exam 10%
Final Exam 10%
Total 100%


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

Contact Faculty:

Email: Danielle Lafleur Brooks
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Catherine Garland


Suggested Progression

This is a self-paced asynchronous course which means that students will be starting and progressing at different rates throughout the term. Once you feel like you have a strong handle on the material, and you have completed all of the assignments for the module, you should feel comfortable moving on, regardless of the pace, as long as you complete the course within the semester timeframe. If you are starting at the beginning of the term, you could spend one week on each module to successfully complete the course within the term. If you are starting 7 weeks into the course, you could spend one week covering two modules so that you complete the course successfully within the term.
(Note: There is a 16th module in this course, so you will want to double up on modules for one week if you are starting at the beginning of the term. You may have to complete multiple modules per week if you are starting later in the term.)

  • Module 1: Introduction to Medical Terminology
  • Module 2: Body Structure & Medical Abbreviations
  • Module 3: Cells & Tissues
  • Module 4: The Integumentary System
  • Module 5: The Special Senses
  • Module 6: The Nervous System
  • Module 7: Musculoskeletal System
  • Module 8: Endocrine System
  • Module 9: Mid-Term Examination
  • Module 10: Cardiovascular System
  • Module 11: Respiratory System
  • Module 12: Blood, Lymph and Immune Systems
  • Module 13: Digestive System and Nutrition
  • Module 14: Urinary System
  • Module 15: Reproductive System
  • Module 16: Final Examination

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.
  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 Honesty: 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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