HSC201 Medical Terminology

Units: 3 Includes basic structure of medical terms and components. Builds a medical vocabulary applicable to specialty fields, major diseases, physical examination terms, diagnosis and treatment. Letter grade only. A testing fee of $25 to an external vendor is required as part of this course. This class is available as an Internet Class; instruction will be offered via the Internet.
Primary Material Type:
Online Course
Other Material Types:
Assessment Tool, Assignment, Drill and Practice, Presentation, Quiz/Test, Reference Material, Simulation, Syllabus, Tutorial, Video - Instructional
Saddleback College
Funding Source:
medical terminology, orientation to medical terminology, basic structure of medical terms, medical term components, medical term analysis, building a medical vocabulary, major diseases, terms used on physical exams, diagnosis and treatment, prefix suffixes and root words, terms pertaining to the body, pronumciation of terms, directional terms, planes of the body, body cavities, anatomical positions, levels of organization of the body, cell, tissue, organ, systems, diseases and conditions, treatments, digestive system, urinary system, reproductive system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, blood and lymphatic systems, musculoskeletal system, sense organs, endocrine system, oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, pharmacology, psychiatry, mental health

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
CAHIIM. Provided consistent quality monitoring through the maintenance of the accreditation processes.
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (29-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Associate Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
8hrs/week for 16 weeks
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Active - requires user to respond to prompts, questions, etc.
Quality Rubric:
Quality Assurance Organization:
SkillsCommons Editorial Board
Quality Note:
The quality review of the course and related material was performed by an individual with a Quality Matters certificate of completion for Independent Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR), and CSU certificates of completion for Course Redesign with Technology, QOLT, and Online Teaching and Learning. Feedback was provided to the respective faculty to make the appropriate edits and updates.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
  • Conducting an evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • Using an approved rubric to conduct the evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • SME Quality Report is posted in Skills Commons
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Quality Matters
Course Note:
HSC201 is the on-line version of this course and is a part of the Saddleback College Health Information Technology associates degree program.


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