Course Abstract Details

HIT-111, Medical Terminology

Credits: 3

Course Description

HIT-111, Medical Terminology, teaches the meanings of 300 Latin and Greek elements, i.e. prefixes, roots, and suffixes. After learning the literal meanings of these elements, the student is introduced to their uses in complex medical terms. The emphasis is on understanding the shades of meaning in which the element is used in different situations. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099 with a "C" grade or better. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: 

1. Build complete medical terms using appropriate prefixes, roots, and suffixes. (PG.1) 

2. Define, spell, and pronounce selected medical terms. (PG.1) 

3. Apply rules of medical language to analyze medical terms. (PG.1) 

4. Build and define medical terms related to the major body systems: integumentary, musculoskeletal, cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine, and neurologic. (PG.1) 

5. Identify medical abbreviation used by various services in a health care facility. (PG.1) 

6. Utilize medical terminology correctly in written and verbal communication. (GE.1, PG.3) 

7. Demonstrate knowledge of various specialty areas use of word meanings and phrases. (PG.1)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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