AHS 52: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade Only|
Student Learning Outcomes
- The Student will be able to employ medical terminology accurately when describing anatomical structureand function, pathological conditions, laboratory tests, and clinicalprocedures.
- The student will be able to identify, spell, and define roots, prefixes, suffixes, and abbreviationsthat are used to make medical terms.
The student will be able to:
A. divide words into component parts.
B. recognize basic combining of forms, suffixes, and prefixes.
C. understand meanings of medical terminology.
D. understand basic organization and complexity of the body.
E. identify location and function of major body organs.
F. recognize and recall Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and combining forms.
G. apply rules to build medical terms from Greek and Latin word parts.
H. analyze/decode medical terms to derive definitions.
I. spell word parts and terms correctly.
J. recognize and define medical abbreviations.
K. use rules to build common plural forms of medical terms.
L. examine the medical record, and its various reports, abbreviations, and symbols.
M. distinguish differences between body planes and cavities, directional and positional terms.
N. identify common disorders and their associated symptoms for each body system.
O. categorize common diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and abbreviations associated with each body system.
P. correlate medical word parts with usage in anatomy, pathology, symptomatology, procedures, treatments, and medical specialties.
Q. analyze medical reports.
R. pronounce and spell medical terms correctly in oral and written communication.
A. Introduction to Medical Terminology
1. Basic word structure
2. Word roots, combining forms
3. Spelling, pronunciation
B. Organization of the Body
1. Terms pertaining to the body as a whole
2. Structure: cell, tissue, organs, and systems
3. Medical specialties
C. The Medical Record
1. Medical reports
D. Additional Suffixes and Digestive System Terminology
E. For the following systems, include: structure and function; medical terminology; pathology, conditions, symptoms; diagnostic, radiographic, clinical, and surgical procedures; pharmacology and treatment; abbreviations; and medical record analyses
1. Urinary system
2. Female reproductive system
3. Male reproductive system
4. Nervous system
5. Cardiovascular system
6. Respiratory system
7. Blood system
8. Lymphatic and immune systems
9. Musculoskeletal system
11. Sense organs: the eye and the ear
12. Endocrine system
F. Cancer Medicine (Oncology)
G. Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access: must have access to a computer with internet.
Method(s) of Evaluation
B. Spelling tests
C. Mid-term and final examinations
D. Case study using medical information and terminology
Method(s) of Instruction
Lecture; practical application of terms; analogies/examples; pronunciation lists; threaded case study analysis; exercises requiring use of a medical dictionary; analysis of critical thinking questions; frequent quizzes and spelling tests.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Chabner, Davi-Ellen. The Language of Medicine. 11th ed. Saunders, 2016.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Quizzes (pronunciation, abbreviations, practical applications, etc.)
B. Exercise study aids
C. Writing of terms
D. Threaded case studies
E. Spelling tests