HED 119: Medical Terminology

Class Program
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 55
This course offers a broad overview of the fundamentals of medical terminology. Topics covered include: prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, word roots, abbreviations and basic human anatomy and physiology as they pertain to all major body structures and functions.
Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Identify the organs, structures and main functions of the body systems.
  2. Define word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes as they pertain to medical terms.
  3. Demonstrate word part comprehension through the correct use of medical terms.
  4. Identify the meaning of new medical terms through understanding of word parts.
  5. Correctly pronounce and spell medical terms.
Institutional Outcomes
IO1 Communication: Students will be able to demonstrate clear, effective communications with patients and members of the healthcare team in a variety of structured settings.
Course Content Outline
  1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
  2. Suffixes
  3. Prefixes
  4. Organization of the Body
  5. Integumentary System
  6. Skeletal System
  7. Muscular System
  8. Digestive System
  9. Cardiovascular System
  10. Blood and Lymphatic System
  11. Respiratory System
  12. Urinary System
  13. Endocrine System
  14. Nervous System
  15. Special Senses: The Ear
  16. Special Senses: The Eye
  17. Female Reproductive System
  18. Male Reproductive System
Department Guidelines

This course will be a prerequisite or co-requisite for HED 121. Student must obtain a 2.0 in the course in order to enroll in HED 122.
PO5 should be assessed.