Q: How much do courses cost?
Q: What courses do you offer?
We offer 25 online prerequisites during the fall, spring, and summer semesters in the following subjects; all of our science courses offer accompanying labs if needed:
Anatomy & Physiology I, II • Biochemistry • Biology I, II
Introduction to Chemistry for the Health Professions
Chemistry I, II • Exercise Physiology • Microbiology
Nutrition • Physics I, II • Psychology • Statistics
Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders
Phonetic Transcription and Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Mechanism
Speech-Language Acquisition • Introduction to Audiology
A few courses, like Introduction to Chemistry, Chemistry II and Physics II, are not offered every semester, but most other courses are. See our list of course offerings which includes a brief description of each course, an overview of the course content (Syllabus Overview), a downloadable, detailed course QuickGuide, and more information about faculty.
Q: How do I know what courses I need to take in order to apply to a specific program, e.g., nursing or physician assistant studies?
For our graduate programs, we have created comprehensive grids that list which prerequisites each of our programs requires. Each school's requirements can be different and it’s best to check with all schools and programs to which you plan to apply about their specific prerequisites. Fill out this form to download any of our program-specific prerequisite grids:
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.
What support do you offer online students?
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 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.
Q: What questions should I ask when deciding to take online prerequisites?
We get a lot of questions like this, so we’ve created a very brief guide on “5 Things to Consider When Enrolling in Online Prerequisite Courses for the Health Professions!” Download the guide.
Q: Is Financial Aid Available?
Financial aid is typically not available for prerequisite courses. However, there are some exceptions as noted below.
Eligibility Requirement: Students must be accepted into either the Direct-Entry Nursing or MS in Speech-Language Pathology program, and will begin an MGH Institute program of study in the fall semester. If you plan on applying for financial aid, please complete our online registration form here so that you
will not need to pay for classes until your aid is processed. Otherwise, the online registration process requires payment in full at the time of registration.
Financial Aid is available only for the Summer Science Online Prerequisites Session.
Q: What are vouchers?
They are a compensation provided by the IHP to employers when they provide clinical instruction for our students. A voucher can cover the cost of up to three credits. 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!
Q: What is the process for redeeming a voucher?
Please bring the official, original, and non-expired voucher to the Office of the Bursar in Building 39. We cannot accept faxed or copied forms. Tuition vouchers have no cash value and expire two years after the issue date. Call the Bursar at (617) 726-8015 with any questions.
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!