Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
2 hours lecture.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 24 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/05/2007; 6/15/10

1. Description -
A guided self-study of medical terminology as a fundamental communication skill. Basic word parts and rules of word construction. A review of common medical terms pertaining to the different body systems, with emphasis on those terms peculiar to veterinary medicine.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. complete textbook self-study exercises in veterinary medical terminology.
  2. recognize and apply proper medical terminology to clinical scenarios presented on written quizzes.
  3. define and understand the meaning of those medical terms which apply to different organ systems and clinical procedures.
  4. define and understand the meaning of those medical terms and common "lay" vocabulary peculiar to veterinary medicine.
  5. utilize proper medical terminology in classroom discussions of selected areas of veterinary practice.
  6. discuss the importance of medical terminology in record-keeping and in communication with veterinarians.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Multimedia equipped classroom.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
A combination of directed self-study of textbook exercises and classroom discussions will cover the following topics:
  1. Unit 1
    1. Use of nouns, adjectives, and verbs
    2. Introduction to medical words
    3. Rules for word construction
    4. Defining medical terms by word analysis
    5. Accents and pronunciation
  2. Unit 2
    1. Suffixes for surgical procedures
    2. Root words for the digestive system and associated structures
  3. Unit 3
    1. Prefixes and suffixes for diseases or conditions
    2. Root words for the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems
  4. Unit 4
    1. Plural endings
    2. Root words for the musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, lymphatic, and endocrine systems
  5. Unit 5
    1. Instruments and procedures
  6. Unit 6
    1. Suffixes and titles for the medical disciplines
    2. Specialty areas and specialists
  7. Unit 7
    1. Other important medical prefixes and suffixes
  8. Unit 8
    1. Terms for direction, position, and movement
    2. Prefixes and suffixes for direction, position, and movement
    3. Prefixes for numeric terms
  9. Unit 9
    1. Terms used in microbiology
    2. Nomenclature of bacteria and viruses
    3. Prefixes related to color
    4. Prefixes and suffixes related to blood and urine findings
  10. Unit 10
    1. Other important prefixes and suffixes
  11. Unit 11
    1. Terms relating to pharmacology
    2. Drug names and types of drugs
  12. Unit 12
    1. Abbreviations and symbols
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Weekly written quizzes.
  2. Completion and review of textbook self-study workbook exercises.
  3. Written journal review papers.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Romich, Janet A., An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology, 3rd., Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008.
Blood, Douglas C. and Virginia P. Studdert, and Clive C. Gay. Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary. 3rd ed., Saunders Ltd., 2008.

8. Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Self-paced.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week.
Written short answer essay questions; and two 5-page written journal article review papers.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is required core course for the A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-02-23 11:42:40

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines