Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

AHM 233 - Medical Terminology

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the skills and knowledge needed to develop an
understanding of the language of medicine. The mechanism of building a medical vocabulary, utilizing roots, prefixes, suffixes, and the combining forms, and the pronunciation are emphasized. A workbook/text, audiotapes, and computer software are used to give the student hands-on experience in the use of the language of medicine.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Identify word parts and their meanings in medical terms.
Utilize reference materials to determine meaning, usage, and spelling of medical
Describe the main functions of each body system.
Define diagnostic, symptomatic, and therapeutic terms related to each system.
Identify' terms describing pathology affecting body systems.
Define anatomical landmarks, directional, positional, and numeric medical terms.
Recognize common classes of drugs and their actions.
Recognize the correct spelling of medical terms.
Develop a medical vocabulary.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3