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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 19-May-24

Fall 2024 | AHS-1205-VO06X - Medical Terminology

Synchronous Class

Synchronous courses are delivered through a combination of online and regularly-scheduled Zoom sessions. In synchronous classes, students must attend Zoom sessions and actively engage with each other and faculty in course activities and discussions.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Synchronous Section: This course has schedule meeting dates and times online via Zoom. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
In-Person Meeting Day/Times via Zoom: Monday & Wednesday, 09:00A - 11:00A
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 10-21-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-09-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-01-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 8 (as of 07-24-24 8:05 PM)
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Comments: This class is synchronous with online coursework and class meetings via Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 - 11 am. It is also accelerated and will be completed in 7 weeks.


Heather Connolly
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Danielle Lafleur Brooks

Course Description

This course encompasses the development and use of medical vocabulary. Students learn medical terms and abbreviations to name diseases and disorders, diagnostics, and surgical procedures in the context of body systems and related health professions. Students use prefixes, word roots, combining forms, and suffixes to interpret the meaning of medical terms with the goal of reducing errors.

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate the use of word roots, combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes that form most 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. Research the current use of terminology and abbreviations.
8. Use medical terms and abbreviations in context.
9. Demonstrate appropriate use of a medical dictionary and reliable online sources and cite references in APA format.
10. Explain how data and quantitative reasoning are used in healthcare professions.
11. Identify biases in healthcare, including discrimination, implicit bias, and systemic racism, and the impact they have on the health outcomes of individuals and groups.

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.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. 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-VO06X 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.


This is a synchronous course where attendance and participation are extremely important. I plan on making these zoom sessions interactive with many small group breakout sessions. There will also be discussion and limited lecture.

Evaluation Criteria

**In class Attendance required to earn full
credit for Collaborative Learning

30% Collaborative Learning**

15% Presentations: healthcare
professional interview, case
study and web report

15% Journal Entries

40% Quizzes

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 tomedical language,Body structure,Oncology, and LaboratoryTests and Directional Terms,Positions, and Imaging


Chap 1: Introduction to medical language

Chap 2: Body structure, Oncology, and Laboratory Tests

Chap 3: Directional Terms, Positions, and Imaging


Quizzes, Journal entry



Integumentary System and the Respiratory System


Chap 4: Integumentary System

Chap 5: Respiratory System


Quizzes, work on healthcare interview



Urinary System

Male Reproductive System


Chap 6:
Urinary System
Chap 7:
Male Reproductive System


Quizzes, work on healthcare interview



Female Reproductive System

Obstetrics and Neonatology


Chap 8: Female Reproductive System
Chap 9:Obstetrics and Neonatology


Quizzes, work on Case study project



Cardio, Immune &
Lymph Systems + Blood


Chap 10: Cardio, Immune &
Lymph Systems + Blood


Quizzes, Journal, work on Case study project



Digestive system, Eye and Ear


Chap 11: Digestive System
Special Senses
Chap 12: Eye
Chap 13: Ear


Quizzes, Work on Case studies



MusculoskeletalSystem,Nervous Systemand Behavior Health andEndocrine System


Chap 14: Musculoskeletal System
Communication Systems
Chap 15: Nervous System and Behavior Health
Chap 16: Endocrine System


Quizzes, Journal


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

I expect all students to come to class prepared to participate. My classroom is a judgment-free zone and you will never be made to feel bad about asking questions or offering wrong answers. We are all here together to learn and that is best achieved (and most enjoyable) if everyone has a great attitude and participates in class.

Missing & Late Work Policy

I believe once you are learning at the college level you should be able to navigate a course site and be responsible for assignments and due dates. My courses are all teaching students who plan to enter the medical field where responsibility is of utmost importance. For this reason, I do not accept late work. If there are extenuating circumstances, I will consider a rare extension, ONLY if you communicate with me prior to the due date of the assignment.

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.