Prerequisites for the Health Professions


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Summer Online Science Courses Begin June 1

Whether you are in your early stages of planning for graduate study in the health professions, or have already selected your future profession, the Prerequisites for the Health Professions program at MGH Institute is the place for you.

As a part of the MGH Institute, the Prerequisites for Health Professions program is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

All of the undergraduate-level courses are designed to satisfy the prerequisites for entry into the health professions. Most courses are taught online. See:

At the only degree-granting institution within the renowned Partners HealthCare you will be taught by faculty who work at world-class hospitals such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, as well as leading academic institutes including Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The advantages to taking your prerequisite science courses at the MGH Institute include:

  • Learning from practicing clinicians and researchers who know firsthand how the basic sciences required for admission to graduate school are actually used in clinical practice and research.

  • Being taught by instructors who have rigorous online teaching experience.

  • Access to the latest online learning technologies, including state-of-the-art virtual labs.

  • Studying and learning where you want and when you want. You don't have to log in to your class at a specific time each week. Our courses are organized into week-long modules that allow you to plan your time for reading, reflecting, and participating in each week's activities.

  • Personal technical support provided Monday through Saturday by our Office of Information Technology. Additional (24/7) support is available through the Partners HealthCare Help Desk.

What students currently taking our courses have to say about learning online in the Prerequisites for Health Professions Program

  • The discussions were helpful for my own learning and it also allowed me to look beyond the materials we read in the book. I found myself searching for additional information on my own just for fun to contribute to the discussions.

  • Case studies were good tools for helping me to integrate the material we were learning through the text and research.

  • I enjoyed the group discussions. It was good to get everyone's perspective and get to debate.

  • The assignments that allowed us to choose a disorder according to whatever system we were studying really helped my learning experience. The professor had mentioned that he particularly liked "esoterica" so it made me look diligently for extraordinary disorders and how it relates to the systems we were learning about. I enjoy having the freedom to study and write about things that I find interesting in relation to the current topic being discussed.

  • The Real Anatomy software was very helpful, well organized and was a great alternative to a real hands on lab.


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New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)