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COM Online Education

Online Physics I for the Health Professions

Online Medical Physics I

This online course is a four-semester hour course delivered at a distance and includes a hands-on physics laboratory.  It is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who need a semester of physics as a prerequisite to apply for admission to health professions' programs. These may include, but are not limited to, graduate programs in dietetics, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, nurse anesthesia, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dental medicine and medicine. 

The overall goal of this online course is to provide the student interested in the health professions with an introduction to physics that emphasizes the concepts that are the foundation of sciences, which the students may encounter in their professional studies.

To achieve this goal, the course emphasizes a modeling approach to the principles of physics.  Modeling instruction emphasizes hands-on observations, data collection and analysis so students may construct mental physical models describing the world around them.  Students will then practice their understanding through extensive written and online homework problems supported by video lectures and extensive readings.  The accompanying text provides applications of mechanics to a variety of biomedically-rich examples reinforced by online homework activities.  Lastly the students will test their understanding through online quizzes before taking exams.  The course provides an in-depth examination of basic mechanics including the study of motion (kinematics), interactions and forces (dynamics), energy, impulsive forces (collisions) and circular motion.

Working at the pace typical for a four semester hour course, the average student will complete the online 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.  

There are no prerequisites for this distance course.

A $500 deposit is refundable if the kit is returned in good condition back to the company, if not only a portion of the deposit will be refundable.  Also, due to the nature of the laboratory equipment and shipping, only students who reside in the 48 contiguous states may enroll in this course.
Tuition & Fees
Credits:   4
Tuition:   $1200
Registration:   $25
Materials:   $1000
Total:   $2225

The cost of the textbook is 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.