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Medical Terminology syllabus

AHS 115 - Medical Terminology 

Course Syllabus

Course Credit Hours - 3.0 (32863)

Spring 2018


Instructor:    Melissa Smith, RN, B.S. Voc.Ed.

                        Email: Melissa.smith@metcalfe.kyschools.us

                        Phone: 270-432-2481



College Contact: Dr. Jimmy Isenberg, PhD, RN; 270- 651-5673 (Inside Glasgow); 270-901-1201 (Outside Glasgow); jimmy.isenberg@kctcs.edu; Office: Room 201 second floor building A.


Instructor’s Office Hours: 9:50-10:47 am


Course Description SKCTC:

This course is an in-depth study of medical terms and their origins. Emphasis is given to correct interpretation of medical terms and their application in the medical profession. Additional emphasis is placed on spelling and pronunciation. This course is primarily designed for individuals preparing for a career in the health care field.


Course Description CTE: Medical Terminology is designed to develop a working knowledge of language in all health science major areas. Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots and abbreviations. Students will learn correct pronunciation, spelling and application rules. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper use of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances the student’s ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in health care.


Students will:

1.Arrange word roots, prefixes, and suffixes to form medical terms.

2.Categorize word parts by body systems.

3.Interpret terms relating to all major body systems.

4.Correlate origin of terms to other languages.

5.Identify medical acronyms, homonyms and eponyms.

6.Recognize and define plural forms of medical terms.

7.Access resources to enhance understanding of medical terms.

8.Identify and use common medical abbreviations.

9.Relate medical terms to normal anatomy, growth and development, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology, surgery, mental health and medical specialties.

10.Compare the use of medical terms in the media and real-life situations.

11.Pronounce medical terms.

12.Demonstrate employability and social skills relevant to health careers.

13.Use medical terminology within a scope of practice in order to interpret, transcribe and communicate information, data and observations.

14.Recognize and define suffixes that denote noun, adjective, singular, and plural forms of medical words.

15.Categorize major prefixes in the following groups: position, number, measurement, negation, direction, and other prefixes.

16.Utilize activities of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) as an integral component of course content, skills application, and leadership development.

17.Use information technology applications as appropriate to health care specialties.

18.Integrate literacy and numeracy concepts and processes across all curricular units.


  • Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards/National Health Care Skill Standards
  • HOSA-Future Health Professionals (www.hosa.org)
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) Guidelines (MNA program regulations)
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, ELA and 21st Century Science Standards
  • Post-Secondary Connection—KCTCS AHS 120 for completion of the .5 credit course OR AHS 115 for completion of the 1 credit course



Class Meeting Time:  M-F 7:45 – 8:42 am and 1:53 – 2:50 pm



Instructional materials:  Text: Introduction to Medical Terminology

            Dean Vaughn learning system for Medical Terminology – text book and videos

            Dean Vaughn learning system for Anatomy and Physiology – text book and videos


Technology/Media ComponentThis course utilizes the Dean Vaughn system for memorization and mastery of the specialized vocabulary/language used by health care professionals. Students will also have access to educational apps for drill and practice and research as needed.


DUAL CREDIT Fees - $156.00 (approximately)


“REMIND” Communication    Please stay current with updates and reminders from your teacher about this course by receiving one way messages. Please join our “Remind Group” for this course by texting

@medterm350   to  81010 



Course Prerequisites: None/ Principles of Health Sciences is suggested

Course Competencies:


  • Correctly pronounce, spell, and define medical terms
  • Describe the origin and meanings of these terms
  • Discuss the application of these terms
  • Recognize commonly used medical abbreviations
  • Combine prefixes, suffixes, and root words to form medical terms 


Exams / Assignments:


In this course there will be weekly quizzes/assignments, exams for each of 28 units which build comprehensively as the course progresses. The mid-term and unit exam are comprehensive. These exams are worth 100 points each.  All quizzes and exams will be taken in class.  Assignments will be discussed at the appropriate time.


Grade Value:

                                    Homework – 20%

                                    Quizzes -       30%

                                    Exams -         50%


Grading Scale:     90-100   A

                             80-89    B

                             70-79    C

                             60-69     D    

                             <-60      E




Make-Up Work:


Make up work will follow the Metcalfe County District protocal






Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (BGTC) is committed to student success and improving employability of the students.  Based on feedback from educators, community leaders, and business and industry partners, workplace ethics practices promoting success in the classroom are incorporated into course expectations. In addition to course and program competencies, student success will be measured by:

  • being present and punctual
  • participating in academic activities
  • maintaining professional behavior


Present and Punctual

Students are expected to demonstrate a strong work ethic by being present and punctual for all class sessions.  Students will be considered absent if they are tardy or leave before class is dismissed.  If a student is absent for more than 15% of the scheduled class sessions, the student will be withdrawn from the course.  If this occurs prior to the official withdrawal date, the student will be withdrawn from the course and a “W” issued on their transcript.  After the official withdrawal date, the student will be issued a failing grade “E” on their transcript.


*Note: Due to programmatic requirements, some programs may require students to be present for a higher percentage of classes (more than 85 percent).



Students are expected to demonstrate strong work ethics by actively participating in all class sessions and completing academic activities. Participation includes but is not limited to:

  • engaging in and completing activities
  • putting forth full effort for the entire class session
  • seeking assistance when needed
  • maintaining clean and orderly work areas


If at any time a student does not participate in a class session, laboratory, clinical or other scheduled academic activity, it is the student’s responsibility to make satisfactory arrangements for any make-up work, if permitted by the instructor.




Professional Conduct:

All students are expected to follow the Metcalfe County High School rule book.

All students are expected to follow the Classrooms rules established by Mrs. Melissa Smith.


Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct located on the KCTCS website. Professional conduct includes but is not limited to:

  • dressing appropriately
  • engaging instructors, college employees, and students with respect
  • utilizing technology appropriately
  • refraining from disruptive behavior
  • modeling behavior appropriate to his/her chosen profession


Any conduct within a course that disrupts the learning environment will result in the student being dismissed, counted absent, and may result in disciplinary action.


Attendance Requirements


All class sessions are important; students are required to attend all class meetings of all courses for which they have registered.  It is necessary that all students be prompt and regularly attend all classes in order to achieve academic success and develop appropriate work habits. If at any time a student is absent from a class, laboratory, clinical or other scheduled class activities, it is their responsibility to make satisfactory arrangements for any make-up work if permitted by the instructor. An absence is defined as nonattendance for any reason, including illness or emergency situations. Students will be considered absent if they are tardy or leave before class is dismissed.





We are committed to providing a safe and productive environment. Everyone is responsible for keeping their area clean and orderly.


*Note: Due to programmatic requirements some programs may mandate a more strict attendance policy (less than 15 percent).



Class Expectations/safety:   Students must follow classroom safety rules posted on classroom wall at all times

  • NO food or drinks allowed in on your desk while using an ipad or laptop computer.
  • Cellular phones and electronic devices (not approved by the instructor) are not allowed in the classroom.  NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Be respectful of your classmates.


Withdrawal Policy:  Through the midterm of the session, a student may officially withdraw from a course and receive a “W.”  After this period, a student may officially request to withdraw from a course and receive a W which may be given at the discretion of the instructor.  Each instructor shall state on the first or second class meeting the factors to be used in determining if a student will be allowed to withdraw during the discretionary period.  The student must initiate the official withdrawal.  Withdrawal from a course or courses is a serious decision and, in many cases, affects financial assistance and academic progress.  In addition, withdrawal does not relieve students from their financial obligation.  See the Spring 2013 Schedule of Classes for dates.


Financial Aid Statement:  PELL, SEOG, and Student Loan recipients (Title IV) who stop attending or withdraw prior to the 60% point in the semester may be obligated to repay a portion of their financial aid.


KCTCS Code of Student Conduct:  Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) faculty and students are bound by principles of truth and honesty that are recognized as fundamental for a community of teachers and scholars.  The College expects students and faculty to honor, and faculty to enforce, these academic principles.  The College affirms that it will not tolerate academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, violation of academic rights of students and student offenses.  Students may refer to the KCTCS Code of Student Conduct, www.kctcs.edu/student/code.htm, for more information on student rights, academic offenses, and the student’s right to appeal.  Further information on student rights is available on the BGTC website under the Become a Student tab, Student Services.                         (http://www.kctcs.edu/student/studentcodeof conduct.pdf)




Student Discrimination Grievance Procedures


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has zero tolerance for illegal discrimination of any kind.  Any student who feels he/she may have been discriminated against or subjected to harassment by students or employees because of their race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, beliefs, political affiliation, veteran status, age, or disability (including denial of a request for an accommodation), has the right to pursue an informal and/or formal discrimination grievance.  The informal student discrimination grievance procedure is described below.


The Vice President of Student Affairs or his/her designee shall be responsible for investigating student discrimination grievances.  If appropriate, this shall be conducted in collaboration with the college human resources director.  Each college shall provide a letter, statement, or poster containing information regarding the KCTCS Student Discrimination Grievance Procedure with the name, address, and phone number of the local Vice President of Student Affairs.


Most difficulties can be resolved by talking to someone.  Therefore, students are encouraged to discuss these problems promptly and candidly with the Vice President of Student Affairs or his/her designee.


1.If a student thinks that he/she has been discriminated against, the student shall inform the Vice President of Student Affairs or his/her designee with thirty (30) calendar days of the occurrence of the alleged incident.  The Vice President of Student Affairs or

his/her designee shall conduct a preliminary investigation of the discrimination grievance.


2.The student, Vice President of Student Affairs or his/her designee, and other involved

parties shall work informally to negotiate a solution within fourteen (14) calendar days.  The informal student discrimination grievance procedure shall be completed within forty-four (44) calendar days of the occurrence of the alleged incident.


3.If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student through the informal

grievance procedure, the student may file a formal appeal according to the KCTCS Student Code of Conduct.



Contact information:  Dr. Gerald Napoles, Vice President of Student Affairs

                                    Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

1845 Loop Drive

Bowling Green, Kentucky  42101

Telephone (270) 901-1105





Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College would like to help students with disabilities achieve their highest potential in college. If you need an accommodation because of a documented disability, you are required to register with Disability Services each semester. Contact Pam Bulle, Disability Services Coordinator at 901-1202. If you require assistance during an emergency evacuation, notify Disability Services immediately.



                                                                                                                                           Revised: August 4, 2011




HS-115 Medical Terminology

Tentative Class Schedule for 2017-18

*Please note that the schedule may change at the discretion of the instructor*



Medical Terminology AHS – 115   DUAL CREDIT course

I have read the syllabus and understand the expectations and student responsibility for success.


Parent/guardian signature __________________________________________ date________


Student signature __________________________________________ date________


Instructor Signature _________________________________________ date __________


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