The course introduces students to the language of medicine according to body systems. Students define, build and analyze terms as well as develop a vocabulary of combining forms, prefixes and suffixes. They develop the ability to pronounce and spell terms correctly and to use them in an appropriate context. Students learn medical terms (and their abbreviations where appropriate) for organs, diseases, symptoms, and for diagnostic, treatment and surgical procedures.
Having a understanding of Medical Terminology is fundamental to understanding all aspects of nursing. Knowing how to identify prefixes, suffixes, major combining forms, and common terminology for each body system can help you to make inferences about terms you may have never heard before. This skills is helpful for nurses at any level.
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