Science Prerequisites for the Health Professions


Science Prerequisites for the Health Professions


Rebecca Rowe


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Program Description

The Science Prerequisites for the Health Professions (SPHP) program is for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to enter a health professions program but lack the necessary prerequisite courses. Most students will be in the workforce and changing careers. They may find it difficult to attend a traditional college for various reasons: some are in the military, some hold jobs with inflexible work hours, and some live in rural areas.  Students may enroll in the SPHP  courses at any time and from anywhere in the world.  The courses are designed to be completed in 16 weeks, but they are self-paced so depending on the circumstances students may complete the courses at an acclerated pace in order to meet their academic needs.

All of the courses are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Many health professions programs accept these courses but we encourage you to check with the schools to which you are planning to apply to verify that the courses are transferrable before you register.

For more information on the SPHP program, the courses that are offered, including prerequisites, registration information and a description of the laboratory component please call or e-mail Online Worldwide Learning (OWL).


Students may enter the program at any point as long as they meet the prerequisites for the individual courses.  They may take as many courses as they need in order to meet the prerequisite requirements for the health professions program to which they are applying.  For students wishing to take more than one course at a time, please email Sam Ross at or call 855-325-0894. All students are required to submit a transcript showing bachelor's degree completion within six weeks of starting their first course.

Technology Requirements

Technology requirements may differ by course offered.  Please refer to COM Online Education or email for technology requirements for the class you are interested in taking.


Courses Credits
MEDT 1000 - Medical Terminology 3
MATH 1005 - Statistics for the Health Professions 4
PHYS 1010 - Physics for the Health Professions 4
CHEM 1010 - Medical General Chemistry I/Lecture 3
CHEM 1010L - Medical General Chemistry I/Lab 1
CHEM 1011 - Medical General Chemistry II/Lecture 3
CHEM 1011L - Medical General Chemistry II/Lab 1
CHEM 1020 - Medical Organic Chemistry I/Lecture 3
CHEM 1020L - Medical Organic ChemistryI/Lab 1
CHEM 1021 - Medical Organic Chemistry II/Lecture 3
CHEM 1021L - Medical Organic Chemistry II/Lab 1
BIOL 1010 - Medical Biology I w/Lab 4
BIOL 1011 - Medical Biology II w/Lab 4
CHEM 1005 - Medical Biochemistry 4
PHSL 1010 - Medical Physiology 4
 BIOL 1020 - Microbiology for Health Professions/Lecture 3
BIOL 1020L- Microbiology for Health Professions Lecture & Lab 4
ANAT 1005 - Medical Anatomy for the Health Professions 4

 BIOL 1030 - Pathophysiology for Health Professions


Exam Procedures

Students can either take their final proctored exam online using Proctor U or at the campus of the University of New England.

Written Proctored Exam

Students may take their exam at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine on the Biddeford Campus. The exam is offered the first Saturday of every month. If the first Saturday of the month is a holiday, the exam will take place on the second Saturday of the month.  Please email to schedule your exam.

Online Exams

For instructions on taking online exams please visit, ProctorU.

Academic Policy

Course Length and Extensions:

 1. Courses in SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks.

2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens, which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the SPHP Webpage.

3. Students for whom a grade has not been posted by week 14 will be flagged by the administrative staff.

Upon completion of a course, the course instructor submits a grade for each student.   The instructor will notify students once their final grade has been calculated.

Withdrawal from the Course and Refunds

To withdraw from a course, please e-mail with your intentions to withdraw and include the course subject and number (Example: ANAT 1005). This action will result in a W grade for the course.


  • 100% refund prior to the official start of the course.
  • 40% refund within the first week of the official course start date.
  • No refund after the first week of the official course start date.

For further information concerning refunds, please see

Financial Information

We do not accept any type of financial aid or payment plan at this time, with the exception of military assistance.  Students are expected to make payment in full at the point of checkout.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2014-2015 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 30, 2014.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.