Q: How much do your online prerequisites cost?
Cost and registration information can be found here.
Q: What online prerequisite courses do you offer?
We offer 25 online prerequisites during the fall, spring, and summer semesters in the following subjects:
Anatomy & Physiology 1, Anatomy & Physiology 2
Biochemistry, Biology 1, Biology 2
Introduction to Chemistry for the Health Professions, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2
Exercise Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition
Physics 1, Physics 2
Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders
Phonetic Transcription and Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Mechanism
Introduction to Audiology
See our list of course offerings where you will find a brief description of each course and instructor; an overview of the Course Syllabus, and the link to download a Quick Guide to provide in-depth information about the course experience.
Q: Am I required to have a Bachelor’s Degree to enroll in these courses?
No—you do not have to have completed a Bachelor's degree to enroll in IHP prerequisite courses. Many students take these prerequisite courses while completing undergraduate coursework at another university, while others are returning to study in a new area and are completing preparatory coursework with us so that they can apply to graduate school in one of the health professions. These courses are considered undergraduate-level.
Q: Are your online prerequisite courses self-paced?
No, our online prerequisites are not self-paced. All of our courses (with the exception of Statistics) are asynchronous and follow a weekly schedule. In an asynchronous course, you are not required to be online at any exact time, but you will have specific due dates during the week. You should plan on logging onto the course a few times a week to complete assignments and interact with your instructor, TAs, and classmates. For more information on time requirements for the specific course you are interested in please download the quickguide for that course.
Q: How do I take an online science course with a remote lab?
We have an extensively developed set of laboratory experiences that can be incorporated with our online courses and completed remotely.
For more information visit our labs page and download 5 Questions and Answers About Taking Labs as an Online Student
Q: What are available payment options?
By choosing this option, you agree to set up an arrangement with Nelnet Campus Commerce that will allow you to pay your tuition in two equal payments. One at the time of registration, and the other due by the end of the 1st month of the semester. You will also be responsible for a service fee of $50.00 for each semester that you choose this option. If payment is not made in full by the end of the 1st month of the semester, you will automatically be dropped from your course(s).
To use this option, please visit the Nelnet Campus Commerce Payment Plan website to set up your account. Your registration will be processed after you have set up your payment plan with Nelnet Campus Commerce, made your 1st payment, and sent a receipt of your transaction to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What are "course vouchers?"
Vouchers are compensation provided by the IHP to employers when they provide clinical instruction for our students. A voucher’s value is equal to the cost of one credit.
If you work for one of these employers, you may be able to request vouchers to use for educational purposes such as taking an online prerequisite course!
You can reach out to the Assistant Registrar for Non-Degree Enrollment (617-643-2126) for further information about IHP Vouchers.
Q: How do I know what prerequisites I need to take in order to apply to a specific program at the MGH Institute, e.g., nursing, physician assistant studies, etc.?
All of our high-quality courses are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and are accepted at by all of the graduate programs at the MGH Institute. To assist you in your planning, we have created “Course Grids” that list prerequisites for each of our professional programs. Fill out this form to download any of our program-specific grids.
Note: Each school's requirements can be different so we advise you to check with all schools and programs to which you plan to apply about their specific prerequisites. For OTHER schools, you should check directly with the program(s) to which you intend to apply about THEIR prerequisites, as requirements can differ from school to school of course.
Q: What support do you offer students who take your online prerequisites?
Orientation for Prerequisite Students: This orientation includes training in using our Learning Management System (D2L), as well as other information to help you get started at the IHP without ever having to come on campus.
Access to faculty, TAs: Each course includes a discussion board titled “Ask the Professor” where you can post questions. Instructors and lab TAs are also available by email, Zoom, and telephone.
Live Q&A: Many of our courses provide you with the opportunity to attend live Q&A sessions with the instructor.
Tutoring: The IHP provides students with up to 30 minutes of free tutoring each week with the approval of the instructor.
Technical support is available for all IHP students through our Help Desk.
Q: What if I have more questions!?
You can contact us at any time. We are more than happy to assist you via live chat, email, or phone (617) 724-6362. Please let us know how we can help you!