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Health 103: Medical Terminology


44 hours (20 weeks). 

Various; distance learning format.

April 2013 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: determine the correct medical abbreviation for terms commonly used in medical practice; explain how certain prefixes or suffixes modify or enhance medical terms; define and refer to parts of the body’s internal systems, including lymphatic, immune, skeletal, muscular, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, endocrine, and more; list the structures, functions, and diseases that can afflict the eyes, ears, and integumentary system; differentiate and understand terminology used for various types and stages of pathology; choose correct terminology to describe different aspects of diagnostic exams; and articulate the interactions and reactions related to drug administration and use in radiology, pharmacology, and oncology.


The course is self-paced. Instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: overview of medical terminology; suffixes, prefixes and roots in medical terminology; terms for direction, planes and regions of the body; pathology overview and vocabulary; vocabulary for genetics, cells and tissues; terminology for the lymphatic and immune systems; medical terms for the skeletal system; terminology and functions of the muscular and cardiovascular systems; medical terms for the respiratory system, diseases and treatments; terminology for the gastrointestinal system and GI tract pathology, diagnosis and treatment; medical terminology for the urinary system and nervous system; terms for nervous system-related conditions and treatments; medical terminology related to the eyes and ears; medical terms for the integumentary system and endocrine system; medical terminology for the reproductive systems; and medical terms for diagnostic exams, radiology, pharmacology, and oncology.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Medical Assisting, Medical Office Management, Medical Billing and Coding, or Medical Administrative Assistant (4/17).