Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
EMS 118
Course Title:
EMS Medical Terminology
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Course Description

Analysis of anatomical roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and Greek and Latin verbs and adjectives. Helps build a medical vocabulary. Examination of representative anatomical structures, diseases, procedures, tumors, and descriptive terms by simple analysis of words. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

At the conclusion of this course, the learner should be able to:

1. State the meaning of a selected number of medical terms and abbreviations related to the following areas: word prefixes and suffixes, general combining forms, and all body systems.
2. Use appropriate medical terminology to describe selected patient care states.
3. Interpret selected examples of written documentation concerning patient care.
4. Value medical terminology as a useful system for communicating with other health care professionals about patient care.

Course Activities and Design

A lecture-discussion format that emphasizes learner participation will be used to present the course material. In addition, slides,case studies, puzzles and demonstrations may also be included.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student mastery of the lesson objectives are evaluated according to class participation and performance on written examinationsand projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Word prefixes and suffixes
  • General combining forms
  • Hematologic system
  • Neurologic system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Psychological system
  • Respiratory system
  • Renal system
  • Fluids and electrolytes
  • Reproductive system
  • Sensory systems
  • Digestive system
  • Endocrine system
  • Medical abbreviations