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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: HIMA100 Course ID: 4897 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a basic study of the professional language of medicine. It is designed to include word construction, pronunciation, spelling, definition and use of terms related to all areas of medical science, hospital service and health related professions. The course uses a systems based approach that provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to derive meaning from common medical terms. Students will deconstruct medical word construction and language, as well as the derivation, roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Various structures and organization of bodily systems will also be examined.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining vowels to build and define common medical terms.
2. Apply medical terminology (such as anatomic, pathological, diagnostic, and treatment medical terms) in medical record reports.
3. Interpret medical terminology accurately when describing anatomical structure and function, pathological conditions, laboratory tests, and clinical procedures.
4. Define and use specialized medical vocabulary and accepted medical abbreviations and symbols needed in health information management.


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Required Course Textbook:

Leonard, P. (2012). Building a medical vocabulary: With Spanish translations (8th ed.). St.

Louis, Mo.: Elsevier.

Required Textbook for the degree program:

Candidates are expected to adhere to APA style throughout the program. The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th ed.) should be purchased and used in all courses.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

AHIMA Home - American Health Information Management Association. (n.d.). Retrieved

December 2, 2014, from

HIMSS - Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (n.d.). Retrieved December

2, 2014, from

Book Title:Building a Medical Vocabulary: with Spanish Translations, 9th ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link provided in classroom lessons.
Publication Info:Saunders
Author:Leonard, Peggy
Unit Cost:$78.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.