MEDA120 Medical Terminology

Department of Professional Studies: Medical Assisting

I. Course Number and Title
MEDA120 Medical Terminology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This is an introductory course in medical terminology. The course focuses on accurate spelling and pronunciation of terms and building knowledge of basic medical vocabulary with an emphasis on prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining vowels. Anatomical, physiological, and pathological terminology are covered. Terminology related to the body systems is discussed.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will

    1. identify and define the word parts most frequently associated with the major body systems;
    2. define, spell and pronounce medical terms associated with each of the major body systems;
    3. define unfamiliar medical terms by analyzing their word parts and verifying the definitions in a dictionary; and
    4. use the Internet to locate valid factual information about specific medical conditions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. introduction to medical terminology
    2. the human body in health and disease
    3. the skeletal system
    4. the muscular system
    5. the cardiovascular system
    6. the lymphatic and immune systems
    7. the respiratory system
    8. the digestive system
    9. the urinary system
    10. the nervous system
    11. special senses: the eyes and ears
    12. skin: the integumentary system
    13. the endocrine system
    14. the reproductive systems
    15. diagnostic procedures and pharmacology
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, quizzes, and written exams.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/99; Revised 4/05; Revised 12/2009; New Core 8/2015