OT 215 - Medical Terminology

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This course emphasizes definition and use of medical terms. It is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the medical vocabulary necessary for subsequent coursework in health-related fields. This course covers the use of word parts, medical terms, word building skills, spelling, abbreviations, and medical records.

Required Text:

Essentials of Medical Language, Allan, 3rd Edition, McGraw Hill

The text for this course is provided as an ebook within the publisher’s course site (McGraw Hill Campus Connect). By virtue of registering for the course through CSU, you have access to the ebook and your CSU account will be billed (approximately $85.00) after you begin the course – this is known as Inclusive Access.

If you purchase a bound, printed text (for example, from Amazon), it MUST BE a NEW TEXT with a registration code. In this case you will opt out of the Inclusive Access to the ebook through CSU Bookstore, and you will go through Canvas and use the registration code in the new book to access McGraw Hill Campus. The easiest thing to do is DON’T buy the text; instead, use the ebook available through the Inclusive Access agreement – your account will automatically be billed.

If you like, you may purchase an unbound printed text (quite inexpensive) directly from McGraw Hill once you are in the McGraw Hill Campus area – one of the Modules in Canvas OT 215. This will be in addition to the ebook, as each student must use the ebook to complete graded assignments.

Recommended Reference Text:

Latest edition of Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company. Note: Taber’s is a very important reference text for those entering into a health-related field.

This course can be applied toward:

Important Information

Students are required to use McGraw Hill Connect and access this platform through Canvas. Connect includes an online text, or ebook. Once the CSU add/drop period ends students’ access to the ebook transitions from “guest access” and lasts throughout the semester; and students’ CSU accounts are billed for the text at a slight discount (about $85) as per an arrangement the CSU Bookstore has with McGraw Hill (“Inclusive Access”). If students choose to purchase a text through an outside source, the text must be a new text with an unused Registration Code.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Exploring Medical Language: A Student-Directed Approach, 10th Ed.
    Brooks, Mryna LaFleur & Brooks, Danielle LaFleur
    ISBN: 978-0323396455


  • Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (latest edition)


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Dr. David Greene's primary teaching responsibilities involve the areas of biomechanics and kinesiology. He graduated from Louisiana State University in New Orleans Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy and later, a Master of Science in anatomy. He received his Ph.D. from Colorado State in the School of Education. He has approximately 14 years of clinical experience in the field of occupational therapy; most of that time was spent in the area of rehabilitation following physical trauma or disease. David's current research interests are the areas of gerontology and service learning.