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Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers
Course: HCC145

First Term: 2001 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Medical terminology used in health care, with special care populations and in special services. Body systems approach to terms related to structures, functions, diseases, procedures, and diagnostic tests. Building and analyzing terms using word parts. 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 standard medical suffixes and prefixes accurately. (I)
4. Describe the organizational components, directional terms and anatomical position of the body. (II)
5. Identify the major body system structures and their related word parts. (III)
6. Identify the main functions of body organs and systems and their related word parts. (III)
7. Use system word parts to build and analyze terms. (I, II, III)
8. Define medical terms related to common disease processes. (III)
9. Define standard diagnostic and procedural terms for each body system. (III)
10. Define medical terms commonly used in obstetrics and pediatrics. (IV, V)
11. Define medical terms commonly used in mental health. (VI)
12. Define medical terms commonly used in oncology. (VII)
13. Define medical terms commonly used in diagnostic medical imaging. (VIII)
14. Define medical terms commonly used in surgery. (IX)
15. Recognize common abbreviations and symbols related to each body system and specialty areas. (IV-IX)
16. Spell medical terms. (all)
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. suffixes
      4. 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. Terminology by Body System
   A. Structures and word parts
   B. Functions and word parts
   C. Additional prefixes and suffixes
   D. Pathology terms
   E. Diagnostic tests
   F. Procedure terms
   G. Abbreviations and symbols
IV. Obstetrics
   A. Body structural and functional changes
   B. Word parts
   C. Pathology terms
   D. Diagnostic tests
   E. Abbreviations
   F. Spelling
V. Pediatrics
   A. Child growth and development
   B. Word parts
   C. Pathology terms
   D. Abbreviations
   E. Spelling
VI. Mental Health
   A. Defense mechanisms
   B. Word parts
   C. Mental disorders
   D. Treatment terms
   E. Abbreviations
   F. Spelling
VII. Oncology
   A. Neoplasm growth and development
   B. Word parts
   C. Grading and staging
   D. Pathology terms
   E. Diagnostic and treatment terms
   F. Abbreviations
   G. Spelling
VIII. Diagnostic Medical Imaging
   A. Word parts
   B. Diagnostic and procedure terms
   C. Abbreviations
   D. Spelling
IX. Surgery
   A. Surgical process terms
   B. Common surgical positions
   C. Common surgical incisions
   D. Suture terms
   E. Abbreviations
   F. Spelling
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  3/27/2001

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