Course Syllabus

Santa Rosa Junior College
Health Sciences Department
Fall 2022


HLC 160 – Section 1427                                    


Instructor:  Ron Redmon:  email:      Cell   (707) 529-2457


Online.     Recommended Class Meetings are live on Zoom - Wednesdays 7:00pm to 9:00 pm  Link to be sent out on the day of the session.  If you can't attend the zoom sessions you can still complete the course.     Sessions are recorded on Cloud in Canvas


Communication:  Bring your questions to our zoom meeting; others often have the same questions

For a matter that won’t wait until class, The best way to contact me between classes is by text at the number above.     I encourage you to put my number in your contacts right now.


Office Hours:  I am available by text, call, or zoom between 6:00 and 6:45 Wednesdays

And other times by appointment.                                                             


Textbook:   “Medical Terminology: A Living Language” Seventh Edition by Fremgen and Frucht

                    No other books are required.   Medical term definitions are readily available online, so no dictionary will be needed.    You spent enough on books!   


Also Required:  Ready access to computer, internet, and printer


If you are taking this class a prerequisite for training in public safety or a health profession, you should probably be taking it for a grade, not "P/NP".    Talk to your academic counselor if you have any questions about that.   A grade of "C" or better in this and other prerequisites is required by most programs.


Academic Calendar:

Date Class Begins: 8/15/22

Last class: 12/7/22     Final Exam:  Open from 12/12/22 to 12/14/22

No Class 9/5/22 for Labor Day observance, Zoom session WILL take place on 9/7/22


Course Description:   A textbook/workbook approach to the study of the language of medicine.  A basic study of words that relate to body systems, anatomical structures, medical processes, procedures, and diseases.


Weekly assignments can be found on Canvas under “Modules – Overview” as well as on the Class Schedule in the syllabus. 

       Course Objectives:
1. To analyze the structure and meanings of medical words, root words, prefixes, and suffixes.

  1. To relate medical terms to basic human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medical processes and procedures.
    3.  To correctly spell, pronounce, and abbreviate medical terms.

    Assignments & Tests:
    1. Complete Chapter Review Exercises weekly (NOT “Real World Applications” unless you want to. These are helpful but not assigned.) Review Exercises will be checked on at our Zoom meeting on 11/14.    See assignment specifics in “Modules – Overview”


  1. Flash cards, or the electronic equivalent (can be found on various websites like “” and some have phone apps.) These will also be checked 11/14.

Chapter Reviews are worth a total of 25 points, Flashcards are 10 points.


  1. Three extra credit written assignments will be given (20 points each).


  1. At least one chapter will be completed each week. Reading and
    and a quiz will be given each class starting on the third session (quizzes will open on Canvas after class and stay open for five days.)

  2. Final Exam will open on Canvas on Monday 12/12/22 at 8:00 am and closes on 12/14/22 at 11:59pm. Final exam covers the whole course.  No midterm exam.


    Be healthy!  Take good care of yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.  Stop or cut down on toxic habits and time-wasters; you know what those are for you. (Play is not a “time-waster”!)   Eat, sleep, exercise, love, sing, dance, etc!  Be good to yourself and be well!  If you are sick with a fever and/or feel you are contagious, stay home and let me know how you are doing and to plan make-ups.    


Punctuality:  Please arrive to zoom sessions with your reading and study done and ready to participate fully in class when class starts.  Again, this is just good practice for a career in healthcare.  We don’t have the luxury of showing up late without real consequences on other people.  This also applies to returning from breaks.  Returning on time is respectful and avoids distractions for the rest of the class.  Plan an extra ten minutes at the beginning of each class in case you have connectivity problems, etc.   I like to reward good attendance and punctuality.   Also, just for fun I sometimes give free quiz answers to those who are ready for class on time and who don’t leave early!  


Grades:  Grades will be based on points earned on quizzes, assignments, final exam, homework, and flashcards.  Three short extra credit assignments are given to help you offset a bad quiz or two.  There are no "do-overs" for your quizzes.   Final grade will be based on percentage of total possible points.
     I do not give out progress reports on grades during the semester, just a pass or no pass for admissions and records.   Your grades should be available in Canvas.  Please let me know if they are not.  





Grading                      Work                                Points
A =     90-100%            Quizzes                                    25 points ea. X 14=350                      

B =     80-89%              Ch. Review Exercises              35 points (fully completed)

C =     70-79%              Final Exam                               100 points
D =     60-69%              Flashcards                               15 points
F =     Below 60%         Extra Credit Assignments      20 points each X3 = 60 points

                                  Total                                   500 points


Note:  Because of the important nature of our knowledge in Health Care, your grades must always be “C” or better (70%) if this class is required for entrance in a training program.


Note on the note:  Never aim or settle for “minimum”!    In fact, in this course you can choose now what grade you want to get, and I believe you can do it!  The work will be straightforward and after the first week you will see how much study it will take for you to get an “A” on your quizzes. You can then adjust your study time and techniques to achieve your goal.  I will be happy to give EVERYONE  an “A” if you earn it… extremely happy!    


Quizzes:  Starting the second class session there will be a quiz on at least one chapter EVERY WEEK  on Canvas.    They will include matching, multiple choice, True/False, and fill-in.  For some questions you will be writing out the English meaning for medical words and the medical meaning for English words.    


Reading:  Be sure to have your reading done BEFORE you come to zoom class on the date it is assigned for lecture.  Be prepared to read the text more than once for adequate study.  Take notes as you read.  Answer your own questions whenever possible; and it’s almost always possible.  Bring remaining questions AND interesting points to class.  When I study I keep my laptop open to a search engine for anything I wasn’t to look up; so it will make sense to me or even if it’s just interesting.  If human anatomy and physiology is not interesting to you, you may be heading toward the wrong career(!)  


Chapter Review Exercises -  At the end of each chapter are exercises that are well-designed to help you learn your terminology.  Do all of the “PRACTICE EXERCISES” AND “LABELING EXERCISES” in each chapter after you read it.   These will be checked for completion only at the end of the semester, not handed in.   At that time, fully completed Chapter Exercises will be worth 25 points.

*****THE SECTIONS CALLED “REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS” that include charting exercises and case studies ARE NOT REQUIRED*****.    


Self-directed study -  The Case Studies (Real World Application) are recommended if you have the time.  If you see a case study that you are interested in, you may also bring it to class.  In fact, bring in interesting stuff from any source, for example if you or someone you know has had an injury or condition that pertains to our study.  Bring it to the lecture time to which it most closely applies.  Let me know at the start of class and we will discuss it as time allows.  

     Study using the internet - as you go through the textbook, check online anytime you have a question, are vague about the topic, or are curious about a topic!!  Also look up pronunciation as needed. 

    Please also bring in other things you think may be helpful to the class; websites, study tools, phone apps, etc.  LEARNING IS A GREAT TEAM SPORT!



The Final Exam will be all multiple choice.  It will be 50 questions, and points doubled to score a total of 100.


Flashcards are one of your main study tools.  They can be done on actual 3X5 cards (or whatever size you like), on sheets of paper with a word on each line (like our Anatomical Root Word Sheet), or in an electronic form on a computer or phone.  As you learn them, it’s a good idea to begin separating them or highlighting them so you spend your time studying the ones you don’t know as well.  If you know a word for sure – like most of you will know “cardi/o” – you may not need to make a flashcard for it at all.   As with the Chapter Review Exercises, the flashcards will be checked at the end of the semester for your 10 points.  


Extra Credit Assignments will usually be done in our Zoom sessions.  If you miss the zoom session they will be made available to you.


Our Class environment – We will be creating a powerful learning environment that will serve as a model for your input on future classes and workplaces.  

    Our class “culture” will be built on caring and respect for each person.  This means what each of us believes, thinks, says, and does will be respected.  This will be balanced by each individual submitting our needs to the needs of the group.  For example, it’s important for each of us to be able to express ourselves honestly to the class, but if one person’s words or actions could be detrimental to relationships or performance of our class functions, that person will get feedback that will help them in the future.  I reserve “official” disciplinary correction to a very rare instance when a person doesn’t correct an area in which they have already received feedback.

    Optimum learning takes place in an environment of safety, freedom, creativity, and fun.  We will have all of the above!


Integrity is not optional in healthcare.  There is no room for breaches of academic honesty or any other kinds of integrity.  If you observe dishonesty in the actions of another student, your integrity demands it be reported.  This standard will apply throughout your healthcare training and career.    I expect no lapses in our integrity.  Please commit now to being 100% honest and supporting that with your classmates.  I have had to handle (a very few) incidents of academic dishonesty and unless I see immediate changes or if my colleagues help me decide otherwise, I will usually drop the student from the class, and a report goes into their academic record.  

    Appearance of dishonesty may not be distinguishable from actual dishonesty.  I have assignment and quiz result cross-checks available.   Please do not mistake my casual classroom atmosphere for one in which you can get away with dishonesty.

A student can be dropped from the class for a single act of dishonesty, and that has been done.  I make such decisions with the input of the Dean of Health Sciences.  

      There is a grievance system in place in case you feel you are being treated unfairly.  (See Student Handbook)  As is the best practice in all work and educational settings, your first step is to communicate directly with the person you have the problem with.  If you don’t feel your problem has been solved, there is a grievance system.  (See Student Handbook) 


Feedback – We all need it!  The more mutual caring we can express to one another, the safer we will feel in giving and receiving feedback.  I will need and welcome your feedback!   For example, if I miss any information that you need in the syllabus, and assignment, or during class, please say so!  

    The most effective feedback goes straight back to the person who needs it.   Being caring may require that be done in private.  Feedback can easily be distinguished from complaining and gossip.  With feedback, the information is going where it will help.   In complaining and gossip it’s going to others who can’t change the problem.  Good feedback unites us, complaining and gossip divides.   I want your feedback!  I am here to serve you in your education.  I've been doing this for a long time and much of my success has been based on getting feedback from my students and acting on it!  I like us ALL to be part of a continuous process of improvement for this course.


Here is a summary of my philosophy:


Be Real.  Who you are is just right!  I will be sure to tell you that multiple times!  We often get caught up in meeting others’ expectations and worrying that we won’t.  We will consciously break that pattern in our class and build a team that cares for one another.  When we have one another’s backs, we can really express who we are and make the world a better place.  The world needs YOU and not somebody else’s idea of who you should be.  


Be Together.  Healthcare has a reputation for being a burnout profession.  This is unfortunately accurate in many workplace cultures.  It is NOT a “normal” part of our profession.   When we create healthy relationships we live and work in a network of support, not a place where people sink or swim on their own.  That will be true of our class too.


Be Inspired.  Engage life with your heart and not just with your mind.  In fact, we are much healthier and happier when we make choices more from our intuition, wisdom, love, and faith than by facts.  Information should serve inspiration, not substitute for it.  For nearly a century healthcare has been shifting toward a purely scientific base.  In western medicine we are now masters of the pill and the knife.  Healthcare professionals are seen more as technicians than anything else.  Healthcare is not just science, it is also an art, and I believe the scientist in us should follow the lead of the artist in us.  

    I believe you are here on purpose, and that you have a lot to offer others as a healthcare professional.  If I see otherwise, I will tell you!  I hope to help every person I have contact with to find their truest path in life.  That will not only help that person find fulfillment, it will help that person change the world for the better.

    There is no one else like you!  Be FULLY YOU!



     I’m so glad you are in my class!   I love teaching and getting to know my students.  We will all benefit from you sharing who you are and what you bring to class with you! 



Class Schedule



HLC 160 Medical Terminology   Fall Schedule 2022

REVISED: 17 Class Meetings

Updated 8/14/2022


There will be a quiz for every class starting Wednesday August 24th.

Quizzes will open in canvas after class on the days listed and stay open for three days, closing Saturdays at 11:59pm. 

       At the end of each chapter, the first section “Real World Applications” are recommended but not required.  “All Practice Exercises” in the assignments means all the rest of the exercises at the end of each chapter.   This homework will help you prepare for your quizzes and will not be turned in weekly.  However, at the end of the semester I will check to see if you did it so I can give you points for your work.



Note: check each week under Assignments” because a few sections may be omitted.


Class#            and  Date

Lecture Chapters


Week 1  8/15


Zoom meeting

Wed. 8/17

7:00pm – 9:00pm




Week 2  8/22


Zoom meeting

Wed. 8/24

7:00pm – 9:00pm



 Our Culture


 Chapter 1

  Intro to Medical Terms

 Introductions & Course Requirements

 Foundations of Culture. 

 What is a human?!

 What it takes to succeed in Health Care!
 L/R Brain Comparison





Assignment BEFORE ZOOM on 8/24;  

Read & study Chap 1.  Complete all activity exercises in “Chapter Review” section, (Pages 21 – 23) SKIP SECTION “H” ON PAGE 24


QUIZ CH 1:Intro to Medical Terminology

Opens at 9:00 pm Wednesday on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm

You will have two attempts on this quiz so you may correct your mistakes and get used to the quiz format.  

Week 3   8/29


Zoom  meeting

Wed. 8/31

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Chapter 2

Body organization

Read/All Practice Exercises Chapter 2.   

QUIZ CHAPTER 2; Body Organization

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm

You will again have two attempts on this quiz


Week  4   9/6

(School closed 9/5)


Zoom meeting

Wednesday 9/7

7:00pm – 9:00pm


Chapter 3

Integumentary System



Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 3; Integumentary System


QUIZ CHAPTER 3; Integumentary System Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm



Week 5   9/12


Zoom meeting

Wednesday 9/14

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ch 4 Part I

Skeletal System


Read/All Practice exercises for Ch 4  Part I:  Skeletal System only 

No Quiz this week; There will be a combined Quiz next week on Skeletal System and Muscular System


Extra Credit Assignment #1: Left/Right Brain remains open until Friday Sept. 16th at 11:59

Week 6   9/19


Zoom meeting

Wednesday 9/21

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ch 4 Part II

Muscular System

Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 4,  PART II;

Muscular System Only

Quiz Ch 4, covering both Skeletal System and  Muscular System 

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm


Week 7   9/26


Zoom meeting

Wednesday 9/28

7:00pm – 9:00pm


Chapter 5



Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 5: Cardiovascular System


QUIZ Ch 5: Cardiovascular System

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm

Extra Credit Assignment #2: Empathic Listening will be covered tonight in Zoom, open for submission from 9:00pm tonight until Friday Oct. 9 at 11:59pm.


Week 8   10/3


Zoom meeting

Wednesday 10/5

7:00pm – 9:00pm

 Chapter 6




 Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 6: Blood, Lymph, and Immune Systems 


QUIZ CH 6: Blood, Lymph, and Immune Systems

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm


Extra Credit Assignment #2: Empathic Listening will be  open for submission until Friday Oct. 7 at 11:59pm.

Week 9   10/10

Zoom meeting

Wed.   10/12

7:00pm – 9:00pm




Chapter 7



Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 7; Respiratory System

QUIZ CH 7: Respiratory System

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm

Week 10   10/17


Zoom meeting

Wed.  10/19

7:00pm – 9:00pm


Chapter 8



Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 8; Digestive System


QUIZ CH 8: Digestive System 

 Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm


Week 11   10/24


Zoom meeting

Wed. 10/26

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Chapter 9


Chapter 10/

Part II, Male


Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 9; Urinary System AND Ch 10 - Section II, Male Reproductive System; p 371 - 382, (Chapter Review Exercises for Male and Female are combined)


QUIZ CH 9: Urinary System AND Ch 10 Section II: Male Reproductive System

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm


Week 12   10/31

Happy Halloween!


Zoom meeting

Wed. 11/2

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Chapter 10, Section I



Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 10 Section I; Female Reproductive System, pages 345 – 370

 QUIZ CH 10 Section I: Female Reproductive System 

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm

Extra Credit Assignment #3: Forgiveness, will be covered tonight in Zoom, open for submission from 9:00pm tonight until Friday Nov. 11 at 11:59pm.



Week 13   11/7


Zoom meeting

Wed. 11/9

7:00pm – 9:00pm


Chapter 11


Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 11; Endocrine System


QUIZ CH 11 Endocrine System

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm 

 Begin Studying for Final Exam!!  It will cover all of our Chapters.


Extra Credit Assignment #3: Forgiveness, will be open for submission until Friday Nov. 11 at 11:59pm.

Note; Zoom next week is on Monday 11/14 from 7:00-9:00

Week 14   11/14


Zoom meeting

MONDAY 11/14

7:00 - 9:00 PM



Chapter 12 Nervous System (Excluding Mental Health; will be done later)

Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 12;  Nervous System

QUIZ CH 12: Nervous System Opens at 10:30 pm and closes Thursday at 5:00 pm




Week 15   11/21


Zoom meeting

Wed. 11/23

7:00pm – 9:00pm



Chapter 13

Eye and Ear

Read/All Practice Exercises for Ch 13; The Senses/Eye and Ear


QUIZ CH 13: Eye and Ear 

Opens Wednesday at 9:00 pm on Canvas and closes Saturday at 11:59 pm





Week 16   11/28


Zoom meeting

Wed. 11/30

7:00pm – 9:00pm

(Last Zoom meeting)



Mental Health

(second part of Chapter 12)



Mental Health – STUDY 2ND PART OF CHAPTER 12

Discussion of Mental Health in America,

Discussion of Death, Dying, and Grief

Bring your questions, observations, thoughts, and feelings about the status of mental health in our community and country  ….and your proposed solutions!   

Bring any questions you have about any of this semester's content to prepare for your final exam.

Week 17   12/5







Final Exam Opens Monday 12/12 at 8:00 am and stays open through Wednesday December 14th at 11:59 pm