powered by
Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals I
Course: HCC145AA

First Term: 2017 Fall
Lecture   1 Credit(s)   1 Period(s)   1 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Introduction to medical terms used in health care. Body systems approach to selected terms related to structures, functions, diseases, procedures, and diagnostic tests. Building and analyzing selected terms using basic word parts. Selected medical abbreviations and symbols and term spelling.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain how medical terms are created. (I)
2. Apply standard word guidelines to medical terms. (I)
3. Use basic medical suffixes and prefixes accurately. (I)
4. Describe the organizational components, directional terms and anatomical position of the body. (II)
5. Spell specific medical terms. (II-III)
6. Identify selected body system structures and their related word parts. (III)
7. Identify selected functions of body organs and systems and their related word parts. (III)
8. Use system word parts to build and analyze terms. (III)
9. Define medical terms related to selected disease processes. (III)
10. Define selected diagnostic and procedural terms for each body system. (III)
11. Recognize selected abbreviations and symbols related to each body system. (III)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction to Medical Terminology
   A. Derivation of medical terms
      1. Acronym
      2. Eponym
      3. Word parts
   B. Terms from word parts
      1. Word root
      2. Combining vowel/combining form
      3. Basic suffixes
      4. Basic prefixes
   C. Guidelines
      1. Connecting word parts
      2. Reading terms from word parts
      3. Spelling
II. Body Structure
   A. Body organization
   B. Planes
   C. Cavities
   D. Abdominopelvic regions/quadrants
   E. Directional terms
   F. Anatomical position
III. Selected Terminology by Body System
   A. Structures and word parts
   B. Functions and word parts
   C. Pathology terms
   D. Diagnostic tests
   E. Procedure terms
   F. Abbreviations and symbols

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 27, 2017

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.