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AHS-1205-VT01X - Medical Terminology

Synonym: 183541
Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday & Wednesday, 09:00A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 09-04-2019 to 10-23-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-13-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-03-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Diane Gaspard | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

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.


Method of Instruction

Materials will be covered through any of the following methods: lecture, PowerPoint, discussion, group exercises, student presentations, weekly quizzes, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.

Evaluation Criteria:

65% is the minimum passing grade. All assignments must be completed. Academic honesty is expected.

Online homework 5%

Homework 5%

Pronunciation of terms 15%

Quizzes 30%

Case Studies 15%

Mid-Term Exam 15%

Final Exam 15%

Grading Criteria:


65% is the minimum passing grade. All assignments must be completed. Academic honesty is expected.

Online homework




Pronunciation of terms




Case Studies


Mid-Term Exam


Final Exam


Class letter grades are as follows:


94% and above


77 – 79.9%


90 – 93.9%


74 – 76.9%


87 – 89.9%


70 – 73.9%


84 – 86.9%


65 – 69.9%


80 – 83.9%




Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

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: Diane Gaspard
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katharine Cooper

Attendance Policy:


100% attendance is expected. Your overall letter grade will drop by one segment after two absences (i.e. a B will drop to a B-). Three tardies equal an absence. A doctor's or clinic note will be required to excuse an absence due to illness.

In addition, there will be no eating in the classroom. A break will be provided halfway during the class. Drinks are permitted.



Important Course Information

Course ID on Elsevier/Evolve is157724_dgaspard5_1001

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Gaspard

Helpful student resource link:


Weekly homework assignments will be posted on Canvas or provided in class.

  • Read all assigned chapters.
  • Complete all written assignments.
  • Complete all online assignments.

Homework is due by the start of the next class period. Please do not work on homework during the class. Homework assignments that are submitted late will be reduced by 10% per class period. Homework can be submitted via email so that it is not counted late but you must still turn in a hard copy to me so that I may grade it manually. Homework will not be accepted one week from the date of the assignment. All homework (and all other assignments) must be turned in prior to taking the final exam.

Missed Work

Students must make arrangements with the instructor to make up a missed quiz within a week of the date the quiz was administered. After one week, you will not be allowed to make up the quiz.


Quizzes are a weekly/daily evaluation tool which cover the previous chapter’s material. The format will be multiple choice, fill in the blanks, or short answer. Your lowest score will be dropped. Due to the format of this class, you must take your quizzes online no later than one hour before the start of the next class.


Exams are evaluation tools which cover a greater amount of material. The mid-term will cover the chapters from the first half of the course (chapters 1 – 8), and the final will cover the chapters from the second half of the course (chapters 9 – 16). The exam content will be in the multiple-choice format.

Pronunciation of Medical Terms

You will be provided with a list of medical terms from which to choose from three times throughout the semester. You will submit a recording or video of yourself pronouncing these words. The scores will be averaged for this portion of your grade. Your recording or video must be in format that can be used on the campus system. Recording submitted after one week from the due date will not be accepted.

Case Study/Research Paper

Case study presentations will be assigned and will take place during the last two scheduled classes. Students will be asked to locate, analyze, and present a case study which applies to an assigned body system. Students will develop a visual presentation in which they present the case study and also answer the following questions:

  • Identify and explain what the main diagnosis the person has?
  • What is the History of Present Illness of your patient? Provide details of how they presented to their care provider.
  • What are the symptoms generally associated with this diagnosis? What were your patient's symptoms?
  • What tests are generally done to aid in diagnosing this condition? What tests did your patient have done?
  • What are the general and case specific causes of this condition and provide statistics on the occurrence.
  • What are the various treatments for this condition? What did your patient have done?
  • What are the usual expected outcomes following treatment and what happened with your patient?

If the case study you find does not thoroughly answer the above questions, you are expected to do further research on your disease process in order to create a complete picture of the diagnosis and treatment.

Students will need to use online and print resources in order to research the answers to these questions. You should use the services of a CCV librarian to assist you in the preparation of this assignment. The visual presentation will be a PowerPoint presentation. Bring your presentation on a flash drive but also email a copy of it to yourself. The purpose of this assignment is to explore in more depth the medical terminology associated with each body system, as it relates to disease processes and medical conditions. Students will use/incorporate a minimum of 15 medical terms used in the case study, accurately define each term, and pronounce each term correctly. Choose a case study which is interesting and not too technical!

A rough draft of your presentation must be submitted to Turn It In for review by October 9.

Presentations must be 10-15 minutes in length. If you are absent on your presentation day, you will lose 10% of your score.

Grading for the case studies is as follows:

  • Presenter and topic introduced at the beginning of presentation: 5%
  • Meets required time limit: 5%
  • Case study thoroughly explores the chosen topic: 5%
  • Visual presentation is of high quality 10%
  • Thoroughly and accurately answers assigned questions: 35%
  • Medical terms: definitions are accurate and complete: 15%
  • Pronunciation of medical terms is correct: 15%
  • Submitted materials: 10% (see below)

You will need to submit a copy of your PowerPoint to me electronically with the following included at the end of your slides:

  • Medical terms list with definition
  • List of cited references for case study (provide a URL that can be linked) ,

All materials must be typed, and contain student name. Instructions will be provided so that you can turn this in to a link that detects plagiarism.

You will also submit one printed copy of your PowerPoint to the instructor in a four slides per page format. Choose a font that is still readable in this format.

Class Sessions:

The following contains the planned class session outline and exam schedule. This is meant as a reference for reading, overview of material covered in each lesson and exam date, with chapters covered. Any of this may be subject to change. If changes are to be made, the instructor will notify the class prior to any change in subject or exam dates. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE TAKING AN ONLINE QUIZ AFTER WE FINISH EACH CHAPTER.

Class 1: September 4

  • Review syllabus
  • Chapter 1 (Introduction to Medical Language)
  • Review Case Studies
  • Chapter 2 (Body Structure, Color, Oncology)

Class 2: September 9

  • Chapter 3 (Directional Terms, Planes, Position, Regions and Quadrants)
  • Chapter 4 (The Integumentary System)

Class 3: September 11

  • Chapter 5 (The Respiratory System)

Class 4: September 16

  • Chapter 6 (The Urinary System)

Class 5: September 18

  • Chapter 7 (The Male Reproductive System)

Class 6: September 23

  • Chapter 8 (The Female Reproductive System)

Class 7: September 25

  • Midterm Exam
  • Chapter 9 (Obstetrics and Neonatology)

Class 8: September 30

  • Chapter 10 ( Cardiovascular, Immune,Lymphatic System and Blood)

Class 9: October 2

  • Chapter 11 (The Digestive System)

Class 10: October 7

  • Chapter 12 (The Eye)
  • Chapter 13 (The Ear)

Class 11: October 9

  • Chapter 14 (The Musculoskeletal System)

Class 12: October 14

  • Chapter 15 (The Nervous System and Behavioral Health)

Class 13: October 16

  • Chapter 16 (The Endocrine System)
  • Case study presentations

Class 14: October 21

  • Case study presentations

Class 15: October 23




Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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