Medical Terminology

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIT 104

       Course Name: Medical Terminology

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents medical terminology through study of medical word roots, prefixes and suffixes. Focus on relationships among symptomatic, disease, and procedural terms.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the meaning of medical terms.
    1. Analyze medical terms by dividing them into component parts.
    2. Define terms that cannot be broken down into elements.
    3. Write the correct meaning of standard medical abbreviations.
  2. Indicate an understanding of the organization and complexity of body systems, and be able to identify the location of major body organs.
  3. Practice the correct spelling and pronunciation of medical terms.
  4. Identify procedures and diagnostic tests common to each body system.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Basic Word Structure
  2. Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole
  3. Suffixes and Prefixes
  4. Digestive System
  5. Urinary System
  6. Male and Female Reproductive Systems
  7. Nervous System
  8. Cardiovascular System
  9. Respiratory System
  10. Blood and Lymphatic Systems
  11. Musculoskeletal System
  12. Integumentary System
  13. Special Senses
  14. Endocrine System

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation include lecture, class discussion, and  in-class exercises that demonstrate the student's knowledge of medical terms.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students are expected to attend class, complete assignments, do required readings and participate in class discussions.  Students should expect to spend several hours per week in preparation for class.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid, or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Chabner, Davi-Ellen, The Language of Medicine, 8th Edition:  W.B. Saunders Co. 2007.

It is recommended that students have access to a medical dictionary.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods include numerous examinations (listed on the course schedule). to assess student progress and maintain feedback in determining student needs. A comprehensive final examination will be given at the end of the semester. Grades will be determined on a cumulative point basis:

A = 94%
B = 88%
C = 82%
D = 76%
F = Below 76%

XI.   Other Course Information

Class attendance is required for a comprehensive understanding of Medical Terminology. Absences beyond the third can result in a reduction of the final grade by one full letter grade.

Code of Student Conduct:  Refer to college catalog.
Class Policy on:

Make-up of Exams:
There will be only one exam make-up allowed and only when students contact the professor PRIOR to the exam being given.  This exam will be different than the one administered in class, and must be taken before the next class session.

Incomplete grades:
It is the student's responsibility to initiate requests for an incomplete and to follow through with the procedure to remove the incomplete grade.

Late assignments:
It is expected that assignments will be turned in on the due date.  If a late assignment is accepted by the professor, it must be turned in prior to the next class session.  The grade on late assignments will be reduced by 7%.  No late assignments will be accepted after the next class session.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.