HS1110 is an introduction to medical terms for each body system
and specialty medical fields. It includes word roots, prefixes and suffixes
commonly encountered in the healthcare field. Previous medical background
unnecessary. Students study the English equivalents of the Greek and Latin
terms used in general body systems and specialty areas of medicine including
endocrinology, psychiatry, oncology, pharmacology, and diagnostic imaging.
The class is 4 semester credit hours.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
- Develop the ability to read, understand, spell, and pronounce the
language of medicine by body systems and specialty medical fields.
- Recognize the components of medical words (roots, prefixes, and suffixes)
in body systems and specialty medical fields.
- Define and correctly apply medical prefixes, suffixes, and word roots
encountered in specialty medical fields.
- Detect the meaning of unfamiliar medical words by analysis of component
- Develop the ability to spell and pronounce medical terms used in
specialty medical fields.
- Identify the difference between normal and abnormal findings of selected
- Translate medical and surgical abbreviations into their meanings.
- Synthesize course content by creating appropriate documentation of
a selected research topic.
- HS1110 includes a pretest, unit examinations, case translations, a web link research project, a post-test and cumulative unit examination.
This course has strict deadlines for unit examinations and projects. Some assignments require you to visit a local library or other research
facilities; however, COD has extensive online research databases. All examinations will be administered online. There is a textbook and CD-ROM
exercises for this course. The student should expect a minimum time commitment of 8 to 12 hours for each unit.
- Students likely to succeed in this course tend to be highly responsible,
self-motivated, and self-disciplined.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
- HS 1100 may qualify for health care continuing education units. Please
contact your local or national organization for approval.
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and Internet Experience and Succeeding
in Internet Courses to help determine if online courses are right
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