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Foundations of Physics I (PHY-270E/PHY-272LE)

Foundations of Physics (PHY-270E/PHY-272LE) is an online course with both laboratory and lecture components. You’ll experience a calculus-based-in-depth introduction to kinematics, Newton’s laws, and application. This self-paced course will prepare you to pursue degrees in numerous healthcare disciplines, including pharmacy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Prerequisites: Calculus I (MAT-151) and Calculus II (MAT-152)

Why MCPHS?

  • Flexibility: Foundations of Physics (PHY-270E/PHY-272LE) is self-paced and online. Set your own schedule to complete the course in 16-weeks.
  • Competitive Pricing: New students are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for one course. Please email us to receive the discount code.
  • Easy to Get Started: No application process is required. Once registered, you can begin the Foundations of Physics I course within two business days.

Course Format

This self-paced course includes both a 3-credit lecture session and 1-credit laboratory session. This course does not have specific meeting times or deadlines. You will complete your assignments on your own schedule over the course of 16 weeks using Blackboard, an online learning platform. Please note: Students are able to register for the lecture, the lab, or both. Registration is separate for each of these courses.

Course Materials

This course requires the following free online textbook:

Moebs, W., Ling, S. J., & Sanny, J. (2016, September 16). University Physics Volume 1

Scientific calculator (with trigonometric functions and scientific notation)

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. You’ll receive access to your course within two business days of paying tuition.

Courses run at a rate of $445 per credit hour. The University offers reduced tuition options to new MCPHS students.

New students are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for one course. Please contact professionalstudies@mcphs.edu 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 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) or 508.373.5607 (Worcester) for more information.

Create your account and begin the registration process here.

Students enrolling in this course are required to have access to a device that can connect to the Internet.

We suggest that students use a computer to interact with the course content, rather than a mobile device. Additionally, Google Chrome and Firefox are the recommended browsers.

Students can receive a full tuition refund if they drop a course within five 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.


Questions about our self-paced prerequisites? Connect with the School of Professional Studies at professionalstudies@mcphs.edu or 617.732.2824.