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HIM 1101 Medical Terminology

Basic prefixes, roots and suffixes; terminology including anatomic, diagnostic, symptomatic, procedural, eponymic terms and standard abbreviations required for a working knowledge and understanding of the language of medicine.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Health Information Management
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: DEV 0035 


  • Identify the body planes, directions, cavities, quadrants, and regions.
  • Define a medical term by dividing it into its elements.
  • Define common medical and healthcare abbreviations.
  • Define medical prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, word roots, and compound words.
  • Spell terms related to the pathology, diagnostic, and treatment procedures, and pharmacology of each body system.
  • Interpret various medical reports that use common diagnostic, symptomatic, and procedural terms and standard abbreviations.
  • Construct medical words by combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes.
  • Identify the medical specialists who treat disorders of each body system.
  • Apply the rules used to build singular/plural forms of medical terms derived from the Greek and Latin language.
  • Identify the body systems in terms of their major structures, functions, and related work parts.
  • Identify common conditions and diagnostic procedures including laboratory and radiology tests and exams.
  • Describe the anatomical structures of the given body systems, common diseases, and medical and surgical procedures.
  • Recognition of correct pronunciation of medical terms related to the pathology, diagnostic and treatment procedures, and pharmacology of each body system.

Credit Hours: 2

Classroom Hours: 2