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Medical Terminology III

Course Code: OADM 1453
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 III, students complete a study of the construction of medical terms including root words, suffixes and prefixes relating to pharmacology and the specialities of oncology, radiology and nuclear medicine and psychiatry.

Course Content

For each unit the following course content relating to each specialty will be covered:

  1. Description/overview of the specialty
  2. Common combining forms, prefixes, suffixes
  3. Pronunciation of medical words
  4. Use of component parts to build medical words
  5. Classifications of tumours used in oncology
  6. Common diagnostic techniques used in radiology and nuclear medicine
  7. Classifications of pharmaceuticals
  8. Terms and treatment related to psychiatric conditions
  9. Analysis of various medical reports

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 (each specialty)   50%
Spelling  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 have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1.  Identify and describe terms, pronounce, spell and give meanings for medical terms relating to the specialties of:
    • Oncology
    • Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
    • Pharmacology
    • Psychiatry
  2. Define and spell correctly the common disorders, diagnostic tests, classifications and abbreviations pertaining to the above specialties.

course prerequisites

OADM 1104 and OADM 1452

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.