Our Mission

We provide students with the prerequisite content they need to succeed in graduate school and prepare for a career in healthcare. We foster a high-touch learning environment where students can learn with the flexibility promised by the online platform without compromising the academic rigor or professional behavior necessary for the future.

Upcoming Events

20 Apr
Apr 20 2023 12:00pm-1:00pm
Virtual
17 May
May 17 2023 1:00pm-2:00pm
Virtual

Application Mentorship

Applying to graduate school in healthcare can be overwhelming. Our mentor program helps guide students through typical obstacles and questions one might have when applying for graduate school, like analyzing your transcripts, writing admission essays, preparing for interviews and navigating the application process.

All registered Online Prerequisite students are able and encouraged to utilize this free service, and will be given participation instructions upon registration.

 

Mentor Director: Gail Samdperil, EdD, ATC

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Unparalleled Support and Resources

Our online prerequisites faculty hold regular office hours, facilitate online discussions, and provide individual support throughout the semester. You will be taught directly by practicing clinicians and researchers who know firsthand how basic sciences and other critical skills  required for admission to graduate school are actually used in clinical practice and research.

Even though you’re learning offsite, our online students have access to all of our on-campus resources including Academic Support, the Bellack Library, Technical Support, Accessibility Resources, and the Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 
 

The 6,000+ students who have taken our online prerequisites consistently tell us they value the health care examples woven throughout all of our courses. When you take one of our courses, you will read, analyze, discuss and apply real-world, health-related challenges critical for success in graduate school. 

To help you master the knowledge required for graduate school and a career in the health professions, our online prerequisites challenge you with realistic problems related to health care.  Here are some actual examples from our courses:

Anatomy & Physiology

"Apply what you've learned from the chapter's reading to your discussion.  For example, if you chose a disease of the skin, what tissue types, layers, and/or cells are affected?  Provide as much detail as possible. (Also, remember to support any claims with citations.)"

Abnormal Psychology

"Imagine that you’re the members of the C-suite of a major company, concerned about the impact of employee absenteeism and skyrocketing cost of health benefits. From your reading you know that depression is a significant driver of these costs and your employees’ quality of life. You decide to learn more about depression in order to address this challenge."

Microbiology

"This week we examined instances of pathogens and how evolution results in resistance to chemotherapy (antibiotics in the case of bacteria and anti-retrovirals in the case of HIV). There is widespread concern about antibiotic resistance.  Identify a cause of antibiotic resistance and describe a potential and feasible strategy to combat it. Be sure to describe how you would implement this strategy and what would be needed from different parts of society (i.e. medical, political, social)."

Chemistry

"This week we’ll discuss the impact, use, and importance of alkanes and unsaturated carbohydrates, such as alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds in the context of health (e.g., aromatic compounds and cancer), clinical applications, industry/agriculture, military; food industry, etc."

Physics

"Discuss how the heart generates its electrical field and how it could be recorded for diagnostic purposes. Apply your understanding of electrical fields and potentials."

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Online courses offered three times a year

100%

Accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

6,000+

Students have taken our prerequisites since 2012

Learning science online no longer excludes the opportunity for students to engage in active laboratory learning—in fact, learning is often enhanced when a lab experiment is adapted to the online environment.

Because all of our lab-related faculty hold PhDs in their fields and are active in research or clinical practice, they design laboratory experiences specifically for students preparing for graduate school in the health professions. They also ensure that their students are using the most current and effective technology available.

In our program, we offer distance-based laboratory learning experiences in Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Physics. Each science has its own unique lab experience, and there are different approaches to recreating the laboratory learning experience which we use in our online program.

In each course and each lab, our goal is to assure that students master foundational concepts. Laboratory content is designed to integrate with didactic content and online discussions to create connections relevant to the practice of health care.

Regardless of which type of laboratory learning you are engaged in, you will complete all the steps of an onsite lab: 

  • Following the lab manual
  • Completing the learning activity
  • Analyzing your outcomes
  • Describing your results
  • Identifying relevant connections

Your instructor will review your work and be available for questions, assistance and support. You will explore and discuss the activities in each lab via asynchronous discussions with the lab instructor, course instructor, and other students. In addition, real-time discussions may also be offered by the course instructor and lab instructor.

Distant Labs

All our courses incorporate hands-on learning to ensure you get the full experience expected in a lab course. We use a mix of resources including pre-packaged lab kits. These kits contain the instructions and materials to safely complete the experiment. In many cases, you'll be able to repeat the experiment as needed to gain full understanding. 

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Virtual Labs

When it is not possible to recreate a laboratory environment in your home, labs might be completed using a graphic interface program. For example, in Anatomy and Physiology you will work in a virtual lab to dissect actual cadavers using a graphic interface. This program additionally provides independent self-assessments that are supplemented with regular quizzes and graded reports.

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Kim Mace, DAT, ATC

Director of Online Prerequisites Program Assistant Professor, Health Professions Education

Director of Online Prerequisites Program Assistant Professor, Health Professions Education

Sandra M. Buerger, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor Team Lead for Science Lab Prerequisites Lecturer, Biology 1 Lecture & Lab, Microbiology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

Adjunct Associate Professor Team Lead for Science Lab Prerequisites Lecturer, Biology 1 Lecture & Lab, Microbiology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

Thomas Shull, MS, CCC-SLP

Adjunct Instructor Team Lead for Communication Sciences and Disorders Prerequisites Lecturer, Phonetic Transcription & Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

Adjunct Instructor Team Lead for Communication Sciences and Disorders Prerequisites Lecturer, Phonetic Transcription & Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

Claire Elling, MA

Adjunct Instructor Team Lead for Health & Quantitative Studies Prerequisites Lecturer, Developmental Psychology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

Adjunct Instructor Team Lead for Health & Quantitative Studies Prerequisites Lecturer, Developmental Psychology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions