Syllabus for APS-100



Medical Terminology is an introductory course intended to familiarize students with everyday medical terminology used by healthcare and medical professionals. It is structured to provide students with the entry-level knowledge needed to advance into various careers in the medical field. The course emphasizes word parts, word structure, word analysis, and pronunciation of terms. Terms relating to diseases, disorders, diagnostic, and surgical procedures of the organ systems of the body are covered. Specific medical words and word parts will be reviewed as they pertain to the musculoskeletal, lymphatic/immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous, integumentary, endocrine, vision, hearing, and reproductive systems. Students do not require a medical background prior to enrolling.


The course covers the following topics:


After completing this course, you should be able to:

Word Parts and Anatomic Terminology

CO1        Utilize the four types of word parts to form and interpret medical terms.

CO2        Define commonly used prefixes, word roots, combining forms, and suffixes used in medical terminology.

CO3        Utilize medical terms and recognize the need for doing so, along with the need for caution with abbreviations.

CO4        Use anatomic reference systems to identify anatomic position, body planes, directions, and cavities.

Body Systems & Pathology

CO5        Utilize terms related to cells, genetics, and the structure, function and procedures related to tissues and glands.

CO6        Utilize terms to describe the pathology, modes of transmission, and types of diseases.

CO7        Identify the major organs and functions of the different body systems.

CO8        Utilize terms related to the pathology and the diagnostic and treatment procedures of the different body systems.

Additional Medical Information

CO9        Utilize terms related to basic examination procedures, and blood and urinalysis laboratory tests.

CO10        Utilize terms related to radiography and imaging techniques.

CO11        Utilize terms related to pharmacology and complementary and alternative therapies.


You will need the following materials to complete your coursework. Some course materials may be free, open source, or available from other providers. You can access free or open-source materials by clicking the links provided below or in the module details documents. To purchase course materials, please visit the University's textbook supplier.

Required Textbook


Medical Terminology is a one-credit online course, consisting of eleven modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and their associated course objectives are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, take 10 online quizzes, and take a proctored online final exam. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in About SafeAssign.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 11 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder of the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Online Quizzes

There will be ten online module quizzes in the course. Each module-ending quiz consists of twenty questions based on the module’s discussions and assigned reading. Be sure you have studied this material carefully and have completed all module assignments before you take the module quiz.

You have up to 30 minutes in which to complete the online quizzes. Please set aside sufficient time to complete each quiz before starting it. You will be able to take each quiz an unlimited number of times, and the gradebook will record your most recent score. This arrangement will allow you to go back and reread portions of the text that you need to review and then take the quiz again for further practice.

Final Examination

You are required to take a final examination during the last week of the semester (Week 12).

For the final examination, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

The final is a closed-book, comprehensive exam. It is one hour long and includes fifty multiple-choice questions based on the modules’ activities and assigned readings.

Online exams are administered through the course website. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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