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OFFI 260 Medical Terminology

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to spell and define medical prefixes, suffixes, and terminology peculiar to various medical specialties. This course may be completed in fewer than 14 weeks. All of the work for this course (except tests) may be done outside of class.

Credits                                         3
Prerequisites                               None
Instructor                                    Theresa Lui
Office Technology Classroom      DH-301
Phone                                           (443) 518-4876

Registered Students | Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Texts and Materials | Exams


Registered Students

Immediately after enrolling, please go to, choose the semester, and complete the pre-semester notification form.

Overall Course Objectives

 Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define and spell medical terms that a medical specialist is most likely to encounter in physical exams, medical correspondence, surgery, pathology, and x-ray reports.

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Major Course Topics

  • Introduction to Word Parts
  • Body Structure and Directional Terms
  • integumentary System
  • Male Reproductive System
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
  • Digestive System
  • Obstetrics and Neonatology
  • Eye and Ear
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System and Psychiatric Terms
  • Endocrine System
  • Urinary System

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Course Format

  • The syllabus lists course requirements.
  • The course schedule is posted in the learning management system and is available for students all semester.
  • No on-campus meetings are required.  However, this course does require on-campus attendance for 13 weekly tests.  The tests may be taken during any open hours in the Office Technology classroom.  Please note, however, that all OFFI 260 students are welcome to come to the Office Technology classroom to do classwork and/or to receive personal help from an instructor.
  • Real-time chats are not required.
  • Modules will contain course instructions.
  • Communication will take place through Canvas learning management.  

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This course has a mandatory face-to-face orientation held on the Saturday morning prior to the semester start.  Please click on to view the orientation schedules.

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Course Requirements

For complete technical requirements, specific course instructions, and information to help you assess options that best fit your lifestyle and learning style, visit

  • Come to the Office Technology classroom to take 13 weekly written tests which have deadlines for completion.

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Text and Materials Required

Exploring Medical Language, a Student-Directed Approach, 8th Edition
LaFleur Brooks | Elsevier Mosby, 2012 | ISBN: 978-0-323-07308-0

Additional textbook information:  Please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements for Online Courses

Review the Technical Requirements link above.  The course requires

  • A Current Browser (Firefox, Safari, Explorer or Chrome)

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For purpose of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has 13 weekly written exams, which have deadlines for completion.  The exams must be taken at the college during any open hours in the Office Technology classroom.

If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to:

Cindy Garnsey,

Last updated on 9-Jul-13
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