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Revision Date: 01-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | AHS-1205-VO09X - 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: 01-24-2023 to 03-09-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-01-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 02-19-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Comments: This an accelerated synchronous course that meets via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1/24-3/9, from 9-11AM.


Danielle Lafleur Brooks
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Catherine Garland

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.

Spring 2023 textbook details will be available on 2022-11-14. 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.

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.


Accelerated Course

This is an accelerated course where we will be studying a large amount of material in a short amount of time. In 7 weeks, we will work through 16 chapters of a medical terminology textbook, meet twice a week to bring our learning into community, complete several writing assignments to demonstrate the use of medical language in context, and take chapter quizzes. This course will be challenging and rewarding. You will get out of it what you put into it!


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, 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
  • In-class Collaborative Learning Activities
  • Presentation of a Health Care Professional Interview, Case Study and Web Report
  • Journal Entries
  • Chapter Quizzes

Description and Weighting of Learning Activities

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

Activity Course Grade % Point Value Notes
Reading 0% 0 Not graded
Textbook exercises 0% 0 Not graded directly, but essential for preparing for class discussions and exams. Students will be asked to show their textbook work to the instructor for credit within journal entries.

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
Collaborative Learning 30% 5 to 15 points In-class activities submitted on Canvas Course site
Presentations 15% 60 total Healthcare Interview, Case Study, and Web Report
Journal Entries 15% 10 Reflect on learning, textbook exercises, and other learning activities.
Quizzes 40% 1 point per question 20-40 questions on Canvas Course site
Total 100%
Extra Credit 15 points possible Share a second case study and 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

  • Body structure, Oncology, and Laboratory Tests
  • Directional Terms, Positions, and Imaging
  • Chap 2 (43 pp.)
  • Chap 3 (32 pp.)
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Practice Quiz, Chap 1-2
  • Graded Quiz, Chap 1-3
  • Journal Entry #1

  • Integumentary System
  • Respiratory System
  • Chap 4 (40 pp.)
  • Chap 5 (54 pp.)
  • Interviews
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Chapter 4 Quiz
  • Chapter 4 Quiz

  • Urinary System
  • Male Reproductive System
  • Chap 6 (41 pp.)
  • Chap 7 (36 pp.)
  • Interviews
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Chapter 6 Quiz
  • Chapter 7 Quiz
  • Journal Entry #2

  • Female Reproductive System
  • Obstetrics & Neonatology
  • Chap 8 (45 pp.)
  • Chap 9 (42 pp.)
  • Case Study and Web Report Presentations
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Chapter 8 Quiz
  • Chapter 9 Quiz


Cardio, Immune & Lymph Systems + Blood


Chap 10 (56 pp.)

  • Case Study and Web Report Presentations
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Chapter 10 Quiz
  • Journal Entry #3

  • Digestive System
  • Special Senses: Eye & Ear
  • Chap 11 (49 pp.)
  • Chap 12 (39 pp.)
  • Chap 13 (27 pp.)
  • Case Study and Web Report Presentations
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Chapter 11 Quiz
  • Chapter 12 Quiz
  • Chapter 13 Quiz

  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Communication Systems: Nervous System and Endocrine System
  • Chap 14 (60 pp.)
  • Chap 15 (45 pp.)
  • Chap 16 (32 pp.)
  • Case Study and Web Report Presentations
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Chapter 14 Quiz
  • Chapter 15 Quiz
  • Chapter 16 Quiz
  • Journal Entry #4

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. Your presence during our class meetings. To be present 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 be active on our course site.
  3. Your classwork is to be on-time, 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

  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.