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Medical Terminology I

Course Code: OADM 1451
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 5 Weeks X 6 Hours per Week = 30 Hours
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a BCCampus on-line provincial course. In Medical Terminology I, students complete an introductory study of the construction of medical terms including root words, suffixes, and prefixes relating to the various body systems.

Course Content

The following course content will be covered:

  1. Overview of system
  2. Basic anatomy, physiology, and related terms
  3. Common combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes
  4. Use of component parts to build medical words
  5. Pronunciation of medical words

Methods of Instruction

Communications between instructor and students will be conducted online using the course email, bulletin board and chat utilities.  The instructor will guide the students through a series of learning objectives using motivation and online instruction.  The assigned readings, together with the reinforcement exercises, are the principal learning activities.  Additional materials and resources are available online.

Means of Assessment

There is an online test at the end of each unit of study as well as a comprehensive final exam.

Graded assignments include proofreading exercises and Internet research.

Quizzes  50%
Spelling tests (from dictation)    15%
Final exam  35%
Total 100%


Note: The letter grade assigned will be determined by the college at which you are registered.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • distinguish, pronounce, spell, and give meanings for suffixes, prefixes, and roots of medical terms
  • form plurals of singular medical terms
  • form singulars of plural medical terms
  • analyze words by dividing them into component parts
  • use combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes to build medical words
  • define medical terms that apply to the structure and function of the human body
  • identify the body cavities and recognize the organs contained within those cavities
  • locate and identify the anatomic and clinical divisions of the abdomen and back
  • describe terms that relate to position, direction, and planes of the body
  • identify the functions of the different types of blood cells in the body
  • correctly pronounce and spell medical terms

course prerequisites

OADM 1104

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.