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Medical Terminology

  • Spring 2021
  • Section All
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/10/2021
  • Modified 12/16/2020


Medical Terminology provides an in-depth knowledge of word building, use, pronunciations, spelling, term building, and the application of medical terms in relation to function, structure, and specific disease conditions. Emphasis is placed on medical terms from periodicals, textbooks, and medical care areas. This is a health careers foundational course. (F,Sp,Su)

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Prerequisite Course: None

Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 4

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the successful student should be able to:                     

  1. Identify the component word parts of medical terms (4)
  2. Define the meanings of medical prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes. (1)
  3. Construct medical terms from Greek and Latin prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes. (3)
  4. Define the medical terms that relate to the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. (1)
  5. Define the medical terms that relate to the diseases and conditions of the human body. (1)
  6. Define the medical terms that relate to medical tests, medical procedures, and surgical procedures. (1)
  7. Accurately spell and pronounce medical terms. (1)
  8. Identify the meanings of medical abbreviations. (2)
  9. Change singular medical terms into plural medical terms, or plural medical terms into singular medical terms. (3)
  10. Identify the meanings and contexts of a medical report. (2)
  11. Use references to advance their knowledge of medical terms. (3)

*Bloom’s Taxonomy - 1. Knowledge   2.Comprehension   3. Application   4. Analysis   5. Synthesis 6. Evaluation


Medical Language: Immerse Yourself

  • Author: Turley
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Edition: 5th
  • ISBN: 13: 978-0134988399
  • Availability: Bookstores/Online/Electronic -- Purchase/Rentals


Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Pre-Assessment 5% 50 Points

100 questions/automatic 50 points for completing it

Assignments 20% 200 Points

Individualized instructor assignments/total worth 200 points

Quizzes 45% 450 Points

15 quizzes/each worth 30 points

Final Exam 30% 300 Points

Part 1

Departmental Final

200 points

· 100 Questions/each worth 2 points (200 possible)

· Part 1 must be taken in the/a Testing Center. Located within the D2L Medical Terminology Assessment course.

Part 2

Instructor Final

100 points

· Given in the instructor’s own D2L course site; this part is not given at the Testing Center

Extra Credit 0-5% 0-5 Points

Optional; maximum 5% on 1000 point scale.


College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation

Extra Credit

Optional: maximum 5% on 1000 point scale.


Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

Additional Items

Course Practices

Please note the following course practices. 

  1. All exams are to be taken when scheduled. (When a student in a F2F class is absent due to illness, the exam must be taken before the beginning of the next class period, or at the discretion of the instructor.)
  2. Missed exams/make-up exams may be allowed. Any penalty for make-up exams will be at the discretion of each instructor.
  3. No spelling bees may be repeated or made up.
  4. To facilitate learning by immediate feedback, all exams/spelling tests will be reviewed in class.
  5. All assignments are to be handed in on time.
  6. Students should keep a copy of written assignments in case the submitted copy is lost.
  7. If the instructor allows late submission of assignments, a penalty may be incurred at the discretion of the instructor.
  8. Students are expected to have read assignments prior to class to facilitate learning.
  9. Faculty office hours are made available to students for evaluation of course progress.   
  10. Extra credit points may be available to students. The amount of points awarded and the method of obtaining these points will be at the discretion of the instructor for each individual section.
  11. To facilitate a positive climate for learning, all cell phones and electronic devices must be placed on silent mode or turned off, and may not be in use during class.
  12. Students are expected to participate in class as documented through attendance (F2F class), online discussions, assignments, and exams.