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Online Microbiology for Health Professions

This course is designed to meet the microbiology prerequisite for students who are applying for admission to health profession programs. Most students taking this course will have an undergraduate degree and will be in the process of a career change. Online Microbiology is a one-semester course with a virtual laboratory.  It will emphasize the concepts that are a necessary groundwork for courses the student will take in his/her professional studies.

Topics covered in this course include: the history of microbiology, microbial morphology and physiology, bacterial metabolism, genetics, and ecology, and the classification microorganisms.  The course will emphasize medically important Eubacteria and protists. The virtual laboratory provides a review of procedures used to isolate and identify microorganisms, including biochemical tests, molecular biology, and serological techniques.  VirtualUnknown Microbiology can be previewed at

The course is designed to take lecture and lab concurrently for four credits. However, you have the option to take lecture only (three credits). You need to specify during registration that you want to take the 4-credit lecture and lab course, or the 3-credit lecture only, otherwise it will be assumed that you want to take both.
The typical student will complete the course in approximately 16 weeks. Students may enroll at any time.  Many students are nontraditional students who have elected an on-line course for it's flexibility.  Therefore, students may complete the course in less than 16 weeks.  

Prerequisite(s): College level Biology (must have been successfully completed within the past 7 years).

Tuition & Fees
Credits:   4
Tuition:   $1200
Registration:   $25
Total:   $1225

The cost of the materials are not included in this total


COM Distance Education

Exam Procedure
  1. Online Proctoring Center
    For instruction on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning's ProctorU site.
  2. Written Proctored Exam
    Students may take the exam at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's Campus. Please contact us for information at For a detailed Exam Policy please see course syllabus.