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Medical Terminology

HSC 1531


This course does not require any on-campus meetings other than proctored exams throughout the semester.
This course is delivered online with frequent weekly login to the course website required for content review, assignment submission, and testing. Additionally, there are FIVE (5) on campus examinations can only be completed on campus at one of the Broward College e-Testing Centers on specific dates which will be detailed on the course schedule:
It is not an option to utilize a different campus computer lab or testing center location at Broward College. 

This is an extremely fast paced course during the Summer Semester. The same content presented in the full semester course is covered in only six weeks. The course expectations remain the same despite the short time frame, so you’ll need to be motivated to remain on task. Content from the ENTIRE TEXTBOOK is covered.

This course is delivered online with frequent weekly login to the course website required for content review and assignment submission. Additionally, there is a midterm exam as well as a final examination that will be taken on campus at one of the Broward College e-Testing centers on specific dates which will be detailed in the Course Schedule.
It is not an option to utilize a different campus computer lab or testing center location at Broward College.
Note: Information detailed applies to all course sections unless otherwise noted.

Course Description

HSC 1531 provides a broad survey of the language of medicine and health technologies. Emphasis is placed primarily on the building of medical terms from word parts. The course is intended to be the foundation of a working medical vocabulary for individuals preparing for careers in both the health professions and other areas in which this knowledge is essential.Me

Methods of Instruction

This is a 3-credit hour online course. Normally, a 3-credit hour on-campus course would meet one time each week for three hours (during a 16 week term) or 48 hours per term. In this class, students engage in structured online activities including content review, online lectures, graded discussions, and interactive activities to master content. In addition, students will be required to come on-campus to the e-Testing Center to take the five on campus examinations under monitored conditions. Students are responsible for regularly reviewing the Course Schedule and completing all graded online assignments.

Note on Summer Section of Course:
This is an extremely fast paced course during the Summer Semester. The same content presented in the full semester course is covered in only six weeks. The course expectations remain the same despite the short time frame, so you’ll need to be motivated to remain on task. THREE TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS ARE COVERED EVERY WEEK
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify and define the word parts most frequently associated with the major body systems
  • Properly spell, define, and pronounce medical terms.
  • Define unfamiliar medical terms by analyzing the word parts.
  • Use the Internet to locate information about specific medical terms

Course Requirements

To maximize your chances for success in this course, make sure that you meet the following course prerequisites:
Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites: None
Computer Knowledge and Skills:
Whether this is your first online course or if you are a seasoned online learning, you should review the tutorials to navigate Broward College’s online courses. It is important that you start out the course with an awareness of how to access the course and its content.  Take some time to familiarize yourself with the basics of course navigation by reviewing the course tools at Doing this prior to the start of the semester will avoid lost time in the first week of class learning how to locate information within the course. Specific tutorial on how to take a test, post a discussion message, send an email, etc. are available at
Prior to the start of the semester, you will need to run a browser check on the computer you will be utilizing to access the online course. For instructions visit 
  • New to e-learning? Review the general information about online learning at the Broward College Online website before enrolling in any online or blended course.
  • Before enrolling in an e-learning course review, computer requirements.      
  • You'll need a BC email address to access the online portion of this course.
  • Obtain a County Library Card or University/College Library Card. You will need either a County Library Card which you may obtain at either North Campus or South Campus Library or a University/College Library Card from the Central Campus Library. These cards will allow you to use select library databases. (optional)
  • Students in this course should be familiar with the following computer skills.
File Management - You should be familiar with finding and saving files on your computer.
The Internet - You should be familiar with connecting to the Internet through an Internet Service Provider or Network Connection.  
Web Browser Software - You should be familiar with using web browser software to navigate the Internet and locate information.
Email - You should be familiar with sending and receiving email messages.
Discussions - You should be familiar with posting and reading discussion messages in a threaded format.
Attachments - You should be familiar with sending email messages with attached files. Word Processing and Typing Skills- You should be familiar with creating, editing, saving, and printing documents using Microsoft Word. Students must possess at least basic typing skills in order to succeed in this course. The course requires students to correctly spell/type terms in a timed testing environment.

Course Attendance and Participation Policy

Attendance/Withdrawal Policy:
Students are granted access to the course on the first day of the semester. The course begins immediately with course content and testing required the first week, so it is critical that you log onto the course as soon as possible once access is granted. 
During the first week of class, you must complete the online orientation quiz with a score of 100% (the deadline for submission will be posted in the course schedule) or you will be reported as a no-show and be administratively withdrawn from the course. Simply logging into the course will not satisfy your attendance during this time. As with on-campus courses, students who are reported for non-attendance in an online course and are withdrawn are still responsible for paying for the course. If you do not complete the requirements of the first week of class, you should drop the course by the official drop/add deadline or expect to pay for the course.

Access to the online course content, assignments, and testing will only be granted after the Orientation Quiz is completed.
If you determine you do not wish to continue with the course prior to the official college withdrawal date, you must formally withdraw from the course according to established college procedures in order for the W grade to be issued, or if it is your third attempt, an F.
Students who remain enrolled in the course after the official college withdrawal date will be awarded the grade achieved in the course in accordance with the course syllabus.

Auditing of this course is not permitted.

It is important to remain an active learner in this class and always communicate extenuating circumstances to the course instructor. Ongoing communication with the instructor is critical to your course success.
It is very important for you to actively participate in this online class. If you stop participating in the course by not submitting assignments or fail to take quizzes/exams as scheduled in the course and do not officially withdraw yourself prior to the college withdrawal date, you will be awarded the grade achieved in the course when grades are reported at the end of the semester.

Regular, active, and meaningful participation in online learning activities is a critically important component of this course and is essential to your success. It is recommended that you log into the course several times during the online week. Frequency and quality of participation may affect your grade.
  • Active participation is expected of all students in this course.
  • Check your email and course discussions regularly. Ask questions.
  • Post and respond to messages. 
To complete the online segments of this course, you must have access to computer hardware and software that meets or exceeds BC's minimum hardware and software standards for e-learning courses. It is strongly recommended that you check your computer to verify that its hardware and software configuration meets or exceeds the BC standard.

Textbook and Course Materials

Textbooks may be purchased at any Broward College Campus Bookstore 

Required Text: Medical Terminology Complete Third Edition by Bruce Wingerd, Pearson Publishing.  ISBN-10: 0134042387 or ISBN-13: 978-0134042381

Additional Requirements: - Headphones (for final exam), reliable access to computer on weekly basis, transportation to BC Central or North campus for the on campus examinations.

Typing Skills: - Students must possess at least basic typing skills in order to succeed in this course. The course requires students to correctly spell/type terms in a timed testing environment.

Recommended: - A medical dictionary is recommended for this course.
Broward College Parking Pass- Parking for Proctored Exams: Students who take only online courses (no on-campus ones) do not pay parking fees and therefore are not eligible to obtain a parking hang tag.  Students who go to the North e-Testing Center can park for free at the library and make the short walk to Building 46. Students for both North and Central can email at least three days in advance of the exam to receive a temporary parking pass. The parking pass will be emailed to your BC email account, which you can print and place on your dashboard on the day of the exam.

How to Register for this Course

Students can register for the course through MyBC at and must pay for the course before they will be able to log into the course site.

Information Contact

Susan Edelstein        (954) 201-2086           Email:
Gregory Ferenchak   (954) 201-2060           Email:
Jodi Gootkin              (239) 489-9494           Email: 
Karen Hoban             (954) 201-2089           Email:

How to Access this Course once you are Enrolled

Students who have registered and paid for the course will be granted access to the D2L course site at on the first day of the semester at 12am.
  • Your BConline User Name is the same as your BC email ID.
  • Your BConline password is the same as your BC email PIN code.
  • If you need login information, obtain BC email user ID and PIN code before attempting to login to BConline.
  • The BC email address site, click on "ID Lookup", then enter your Student# (or INTL Student ID#) and PIN code (2 digit birth month and 4 digit year). Write down your email ID (not the part), which is your BConline User Name.
Links to help students get connected to BConline course(s)

Course Assignments and Testing Overview

To help you prepare for this course, let's talk about how you will actually study the content presented each week. Your goal is to learn the information each week in preparation for the four on campus examinations. Additionally, you should dedicate time each week to reviewing the previous chapter content as each exam will have looking back questions related to that content and the final examination at the end of the semester covers all of the material.

Course Requirements Overview
Please carefully review the course syllabus for additional details on course grading and policies. Your grade will be based on completion of the following throughout the semester by the deadlines that are indicated in the Course Schedule:
  • One e-mail assignment with specific wording as detailed in the instructions for the assignment

  • One orientation quiz by the date indicated on the course schedule to verify attendance.

  • Fourteen (14) Word Search Forum postings. You will post in a forum each week by the deadlines detailed in the Course Schedule. Each term will be posted with its own Discussion Forum that has been set up for the purpose of submitting your completed assignments. There is a section titled "Word Search Forums" in the Course Content area from the home page which has the complete instructions, the grading rubric and a sample of a Word Search posting.

  • Fall and Winter Sections: Four on- campus exams based on several chapters that must be taken on-campus at wither the Central or North campus at the e-Testing center. Each exam will focus on specific chapters and contain questions on the previous material. The Course Schedule will indicate the days that the exams will be accessible. 
Summer Section: Online quizzes based on each chapter. An on-campus midterm examination must be completed on the BC Central or North campus at the e-Testing center covering content from the entire course.
  • All Sections: A comprehensive final exam on campus completed on the BC Central or North campus at the e-Testing center covering content from the entire course. Headphones will be needed for the final examination.
  • Ten (10) Mini Medical Record Extra Credits (Mini MR) modules provided for optional extra credit under the link "Mini Medical Record Extra Credit" in the Content area worth a total of 50 extra points.

Student Responsibilities with Online Learning

Most students enjoy online courses once they get the "hang of it". It gets easier as you become familiar with this type of learning. Please take a few moments to review the information in the Orientation to Online Learning section of the content area reviewing technology, organization, and other strategies to get insight as to how well-suited you are to this type of experience.
When taking an online course, the student needs to be an independent, self-paced learner. The student is expected to:
  • Login to the course web site within the first two days of class
  • Remain in contact with the course facilitator by e-mail
  • Check Discussion Forums, Course Announcements, and e-mail frequently - at least several times a week as the course progresses through the semester
  • Participate in Discussion Forums as detailed in the Course Syllabus for assignments and also to clarify content as needed
  • Be aware of all course announcements and assignment/exam dates
  • Devote the correct amount of time to the subject area before proceeding with the course content. The student is the most important factor in the formula for success. To succeed, each student must put in his/her maximum effort and communicate with the course facilitator and fellow students as needed.
  • Be prepared for any emergency when using a computer for any kind of work. It is up to the student to find alternate ways to access the course in the event that their personal computer if not operating.

Since this is an online course, the information under the Content area of the website for each chapter replicates what the instructor would cover during the on-campus lectures. You MUST UTILIZE ONLINE RESOURCES in order to fully learn all of the information. Choosing to solely complete the textbook is like never attending the actual class session and simply completing homework. The course is carefully designed to facilitate your learning, so utilize all the resources.

Tips for Success

Here are some additional hints to help you succeed:
  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined. Online learning requires that you work independently without a lot of prompting. You must be able to stay on task and motivate yourself to enter the course several times a week to check for announcements, e-mails, etc.
  • Online learning is a more convenient way to take classes but it is definitely not an easier way! The increased flexibility of when to actually "attend" class can often create problems in terms of keeping up with the course work.
  • You will need to dedicate time to the course - not only the three hours a week that you would ordinarily have been in the "face-to-face" classroom on campus, but also all of the extra time that you need to adequately prepare for the chapter exams, completing all of the Review Activities, etc.
  • Use good time management skills. The flexibility of an online course - no scheduled classes, no teacher to remind you of upcoming exams, etc. requires commitment and discipline to keep up.
  • You must be able to manage your time and prioritize so that the grades you earn in the course reflect the amount of time that you have devoted to it.
  • Be willing to "speak up" if problems arise. Most of the non-verbal communication mechanisms instructors use to determine whether students are having problems are not possible in an online course. If you are experiencing difficulty on any level (either with the technology or with the course content), you must communicate this immediately via e-mail to the course facilitator.
  • Have reliable and consistent access to a computer. You must determine whether or not the computer that you will be using for this course is reliable and is available when you need it. It must have the minimum requirements as detailed in the Technology Requirements section of the course syllabus.

Time Commitment

We will follow a similar routine throughout the semester which will help you remain on task. Organization and time management are critical, so plan your week in advance to accomplish all of the course requirements. The course schedule (available in the Orientation section of the course) will serve as your guide as to which chapter is being covered each week as well as provide the deadlines for assignments and testing.
Remember this is an online class, so when you budget your time you need to account for time in front of the computer which is your ‘classroom instruction’ time, time for assignments, and also time for studying.  Remember you are learning an entirely new language so this requires repetition and constant review which means time.  Don’t think that you are not being taught the material. All of the online content is carefully designed to simulate what you would be receiving in the classroom. The added benefit of online delivery is that you can utilize the resources and listen to the lectures as many times as you want for extra learning!

Fall or Spring semester Full Semester Sections:
·  3 hours a week listening to the online lectures and other materials.
·   3 hours a week completing assignments and learning activities
·   At least 3 hours a week STUDYING & MEMORIZING word parts.
TOTAL OF AT LEAST 9 hours during full semester section

SUMMER SESSION: During the summer semester we move THREE TIMES as fast so the demands are tripled. At least 27 hours a week during the summer semester are required to be successful in the course.

You must spread your studying out over the course of the week so that you have time to really move the information into your long term memory and not just know it for the specific chapter test. The course is cumulative over the entire semester and so is your future medical career. This is your foundation!

Learning Goals

Utilize the course syllabus objectives for each unit to help guide you as to the goals for the course.  It is important that you review all of the resources for the course as additional information is presented in each one.  While there is some redundancy of the basics, there are key concepts covered in different instructional materials.  As you learn and study, your goal is to:

Memorize Word Parts - You need to commit to memory all of the word parts (prefix, suffix, roots, and combining forms) presented in each chapter of the textbook.  Part of this is knowing how to spell them correctly. Appendix A of the textbook must be committed to memory by the final exam.

Construct and De-construct terms - You will utilize your word part knowledge to construct (build) terms based on definitions provided and deconstruct (break down) terms to determine the meaning of the diagnosis, procedure, test, symptom, etc.  You must be able to SPELL all terms correctly.

Learn Conditions, Tests, etc. - Additionally, chapters present information related to the various system anatomy, conditions, tests, etc. that you are responsible for learning. All of the information is equally important.

Pronounce Terms – It will be important for you to be able to pronounce terms in your health profession as well as being able to understand and define them once heard. The final examination will contain audio questions.
During the course of this semester you will be required to learn the material in the ENTIRE TEXTBOOK.

During the course of the semester you will be required to learn the material in the 

How to Learn the Material

For each chapter your TO DO LIST to learn the material each week includes the online materials in the content area of the course for each chapter in addition to what is presented in the textbook. There are also additional study tools listed in the additional resources of the course website.

You’ll want to participate in all of these learning strategies as learning medical terminology is best accomplished through practice and memorization.

Specifically for each chapter you should:

1. Read the Textbook chapter. The information in the text is presented and learned in small sections called frames. You should participate in each of the fifteen (15) chapters by reading the statements provided in each frame and then determining the appropriate "fill-in-the-blank" answer. This will help you become more familiar with the terms presented. This method of learning is self-directed and is called programmed learning - learning one bit of information at a time with continual repetition of the terms so that you will truly know medical terminology at the end of the course! There are also multiple online resources to instruct you in the content. These are located in the content area of the course under the specific text chapter section.

2. Complete the Practice and Review Activities at the end of the chapter.  These activities will not be submitted to the instructor. Review Activities are provided in the text at the end of each chapter. We strongly recommend that you complete all of the activities as they serve to reinforce the content that is being covered in the chapter. Appendix A is also a great resource as it lists the major prefixes, suffixes and combining forms that are used to construct medical terms. Also, there are optional worksheets provided for each chapter that you can utilize to access your knowledge of the material presented.

3.  Listen to the  Lecture Presentation Slides.  This is a voiced over power point lecture equivalent to the instruction you would receive in the classroom.  You can pause, rewind, and replay the lectures as often as you want. It includes pictures, videos, and explanations of the content and self- assessment quizzes.  As you go through the presentation, it might be helpful to write the information into your text as additional clarification.

4.  Complete the Optional Worksheets. Print out these sheets as a way to interact with the content in a different way to help memorize and apply it. They are not scored or submitted to the instructor. A key is provided at the end of the packet for each chapter so you can check your answers. Consider using this as a self-test of you knowledge. Activities include spelling correction activities, term construction, term breakdown/definition, word search, crossword puzzle, and dictation report.  On campus examinations will require you to build terms with correct spelling and break them down.

5.  Utilize the Chapter Online Flash Cards for the system chapters which are portable and can expand your study opportunities. You can play games which test your ability to retain the information which is important for the comprehensive final exam.

6. Complete the Sample Test Questions -Read each question and have your answer in mind, then click to find the correct response. These sample test questions will allow you to get a sense of the content for the chapter and know what knowledge you are retaining.

7Additional Online Resources section of the content areal includes flashcards for Appendix A of the textbook which covers many of the terms from the entire book. This is a good way to look back on old infomrmaton in preparation fo the big exams. There are also other study tools to keep it interesting as you learn the information.

Study Tips

Time, Repetition, and Looking at the information in a variety of ways is necessary for learning!!

Designate time each week to dedicate to this course. Plan specific days and times on your calendar to log into the course site. This would be equivalent to your class meeting session if you were on campus. You will just be sitting down to your computer to attend.

Have a specific plan when you sit down to learn the content. Use the “TO DO LIST” above.

Spend as much time as you need to memorize the word parts and gain understanding of the meanings of the terms presented in each chapter.  Some students find it helpful to create flash cards so they can study on the go.

Developing your own flashcards, participating in a study group to talk out the terms, and practicing creating your own medical terms using the word parts will also help. 

Repetition is key - when you notice content that you are not recalling, go back to the text and other resources to review it in more depth.

Spend some time each week looking back over the previous chapters. Each on campus exam will contain previous content and the final exam is comprehensive of the entire text. 

You are not alone in this course and teaching yourself!!  I have specifically designed this course to facilitate your learning with the materials I have posted.

Throughout the semester I will post announcement to provide additional information. I’m still available to you during the course. Utilize the discussion forums if you have questions so we can discuss the material. Email me if you want to speak more specifically about your performance and need feedback or additional tips.