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Prerequisite Courses for Healthcare Careers

At MCPHS, our prerequisite courses are available to those looking to bolster their academic qualifications or applications to degree programs by taking additional courses.

These courses provide students with an opportunity to complete courses required for entry into many health-related degree programs or simply explore the sciences, and are specifically designed to accommodate the schedules and unique needs of these populations.


  • Accreditation: MCPHS is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • Competitive Pricing: New students are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for one self-paced, online prerequisite course. The discount is not available for semester-based, on-campus prerequisite courses. Please complete the request discount form to receive the discount code.
  • Easy to Get Started: No application process is required. Simply select your course and register.

Course Format

Self-paced, online course: Register at any time. Once registered, start your course within 2 business days. You will complete your assignments on your own schedule over the maximum of 16 weeks using Blackboard, an online learning platform. You will also have the support of an instructor, as well as 24/7 online tutoring as you progress through the coursework. After completing this course, you will receive a final letter grade and be able to request an official transcript from our Registrar’s Office.

Semester-based, on-campus course: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the School of Professional Studies has cancelled the Fall 2021 on-campus labs. If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please contact an advisor at or 339.236.2605 for more information regarding future start dates.

Get Started

Once you’ve selected your course of interest and are ready to register, all that’s left is to create your account and pay the tuition fees.

Create your account and begin the registration process here.

You'll be asked to create a username and password, provide some basic personal information, and pay the course's tuition.

Self-paced, online course: You’ll receive access to your course within two business days of paying tuition.

Semester based, on-campus course: You’ll begin your course at the start of the semester. Please review the academic calendar for exact dates.

Self-paced, online courses run at a rate of $460 per credit hour.

Semester-based, on-campus lab courses cost $725

New MCPHS students who take a self-paced, online prerequisite course are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for one course. Please complete the request discount form to learn more about this opportunity.

Degree applicants who have been admitted to a degree program and paid their enrollment deposit are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for any self-paced, online prerequisite course that the Admission Office has indicated must be completed prior to starting the degree program. Please contact the Admission Office at 617.879.5964 (Boston), 508.373.5607 (Worcester) or 603.314.1701 (Manchester) for more information.

Semester-based, on-campus prerequisite courses are not eligible for the 50% reduction in cost for tuition promotion.

Create your account and begin the registration process here.

Self-paced, online course: Students can receive a full tuition refund if they drop a course within five business days of registering. Course changes will also be allowed during this five-day window.

After the five-day window closes (and up until the course's completion date), students may choose to withdraw from the course without a refund. This would result in a "W" on their student record.

Semester-based, on-campus course: Tuition refund is based off of the MCPHS academic calendar. Please review the academic calendar for exact dates.

Questions about our self-paced and on-campus prerequisite courses? Connect with the School of Professional Studies at or 339.236.2605.

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