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Dieu-Hien Hoang
NURS 203
Seattle Campus

Health Care Terminology for Nursing

Designed to improve reading, writing, listening, and comprehension skills with respect to healthcare terminology. Offered: SpS.

Class description

This course is designed for pre-nursing students who want to familiarize themselves with terminology commonly used in health care settings as well as to understand the contexts in which these terms are used. The course aims to enhance studentsí reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in health care settings. The instructor will utilize various methods and tools to facilitate studentsí learning (reading and writing assignments, case studies, individual and group exercises, discussions, lecturettes, quizzes, etc.). Students will read about and practice various forms of written and verbal communication used in health care settings (chart notes, flow sheets, purposive conversations, and case presentations).

Student learning goals

Identify the four basic word elements common to many medical terms (prefix, root, combining vowels, and suffix).

Analyze, define, and build common medical terms using the four basic word elements.

Use anatomic and physiologic terms to describe accurately body structures, functions, and pathology.

Identify and interpret terms commonly used in health care settings by reading and listening to patient or health care-related information.

Use medical terms correctly by speaking and writing about patient or health care-related situations.

Interpret and explain common abbreviations used in health care settings.

General method of instruction

The instructor will utilize various methods and tools to facilitate studentsí learning (reading and writing assignments, case studies, individual and group exercises, discussions, lecturettes, quizzes, etc.). Students will read about and practice various forms of written and verbal communication used in health care settings (chart notes, flow sheets, purposive conversations, and case presentations).

Recommended preparation

Students must be pre-nursing major. Junior students will be given priority in registration.

Class assignments and grading

In-class quizzes (50 pt x 4) 200 pt 40% Take-home assignments (50 pt x 4) 200 pt 40% Final exam (cumulative) 100 pt 20%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Dieu-Hien Hoang
Date: 01/11/2010