Syllabus for APS-100



Medical Terminology is an introductory course intended to familiarize students with everyday medical terminology used by health care 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, and hearing and reproductive  systems. Students do not require a medical background prior to enrolling.


The course covers the following topics:

  1. Word parts
  2. Spelling and pronunciation
  3. Abbreviations  
  4. Locating terms in a medical dictionary
  5. Anatomic reference systems of the body
  6. Medical terms related to cells, genetics, and the structure, function, and procedures related to tissues and glands
  7. Medical terms used to describe the pathology, modes of transmission, and types of diseases
  8. Medical terms identifying the major organs and functions of the different body systems
  9. Medical terms related to the pathology and the diagnostic and treatment procedures of the different body systems  
  10. Medical terms related to basic examination procedures and blood and urinalysis laboratory tests
  11. Medical terms related to radiography and imaging techniques
  12. Medical terms related to pharmacology and complementary and alternative therapies


After completing this course, you should be able to:

Word Parts and Anatomic Terminology

  1. Utilize the four types of word parts to form and interpret medical terms.
  2. Define commonly used prefixes, word roots, combining forms, and suffixes used in medical terminology.
  3. Utilize medical terms and recognize the need for doing so, along with the need for caution with abbreviations.
  4. Use anatomic reference systems to identify anatomic position, body planes, directions, and cavities.

Body Systems & Pathology

  1. Utilize terms related to cells, genetics, and the structure, function and procedures related to tissues and glands.
  2. Utilize terms to describe the pathology, modes of transmission, and types of diseases.
  3. Identify the major organs and functions of the different body systems.
  4. Utilize terms related to the pathology and the diagnostic and treatment procedures of the different body systems.

Additional Medical Information

  1. Utilize terms related to basic examination procedures, and blood and urinalysis laboratory tests.
  2. Utilize terms related to radiography and imaging techniques.
  3. Utilize terms related to pharmacology and complementary and alternative therapies.


You will need the following textbook and accompanying StudyWARE CD-ROM to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

  1. Ehrlich, A., & Schroeder, C. L. (2013). Medical terminology for health professions with Studyware CD-ROM (7th ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning.

    ISBN-13: 978-1-111-54327-3


Medical Terminology is a one-credit online course, consisting of eleven (11) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and their associated course objectives are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Fundamentals of Medical Terminology and the Human Body and Its Systems
    Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

  1. Module 2: The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 3: The Cardiovascular System
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 4: The Respiratory System
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 5: The Digestive System
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 6: The Urinary and Reproductive Systems
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 7: The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 8: The Nervous System and Mental Health
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 9: The Special Senses: Eyes and Ears
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 10: Skin: The Integumentary System and the Endocrine System
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 6, 7, 8

  1. Module 11: Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, and Pharmacology; Final Exam Review
    Course objectives covered in this module: 3, 9, 10, 11


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, take 11 online quizzes, and take a proctored online final exam. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

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 Web site is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Online Quizzes

There will be eleven (11) online module quizzes in the course. Each module-ending quiz consists of twenty (20) 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.

Final Examination

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

The final examination is proctored and taken online using the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see the General Information area of the course Web site) 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 (1) hour long and includes fifty (50) multiple-choice questions based on the modules’ activities and assigned readings.

The exam is administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam week.

Statement about Cheating

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

  1. Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or on the Internet, or using any other source to find an answer.
  2. Copying and pasting or, in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your exams. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
  3. Plagiarizing answers.
  4. Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take an exam.
  5. Copying any part of an exam to share with other students.
  6. Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at an exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.

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


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (11)30%
  2. Online quizzes (11)50%
  3. Final exam (proctored online, modules 1-11)20%

All assignment 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 nonarea of study course), 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:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook, located under “Student Support” in the General Information section of the course. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Arrange to take your examination(s) by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

  1. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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