College of Professional Studies

Prerequisites for the Health Professions

Location: Online
Degree Type: 
Non-Degree


Doane’s Prerequisites for the Health Professions program is designed to provide future healthcare providers with the foundational coursework required for successful entry into a health professions graduate program or medical school. Courses are offered in an entirely online, eight-week format within Blackboard, Doane’s course management system. You can find of a list of frequently asked questions about the program here. Tuition for the Prerequisites for the Health Professions program is listed below:
  Tuition/Credit Hour Technology Fees/Credit Hour
  $346 (2018-19 year) $30

*Additional lab and textbook fees may apply

For more information about tuition, click here.

Doane’s online courses are fully accredited through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Learn more about accreditation here.

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The 2018-2019 Calendar is as follows:
  • Winter II term begins on Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Spring term begins on Monday, March 11, 2019 - THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 3/1/19 @ NOON CST
  • Summer term begins on Monday, May 20, 2019 - THE FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 5/10/19 @ NOON CST

What Our Students are Saying

Carson Moore

Doane has created a truly exceptional online Biochemistry course and Professor Beio is fantastic.

I am so incredibly impressed with this course so far. I have done a couple other sciences online and they do not compare to how well this course is designed. The way the course is designed ensures that we are learning the material and provides practical, “hands on” lessons and assignments.

Carson Moore

Pursuing career as a PA

Jessica Olson

I was so thankful to have found a program that allowed for online biology and chemistry courses. This allowed me to finish my optometry prerequisites and apply to optometry school on time. Doane gave me the opportunity to continue following my dream from home.

Jessica Olson

Pursuing career as Doctor of Optometry

Miranda McCarty

I can say with all honesty that this has been the best school I have ever worked with. Every step with your school was a breeze from the person who contacted me originally, to the bookstore, to the professor etc. The professor, by the way, is one of the best I have ever had.

Miranda McCarty

Prerequisites program student


Courses Offered

  1. BIOL 125 - Biology I  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • An introductory biology course. Students will become familiar with the nature of science and the ways in which scientific tools are used to investigate living systems. Students will understand the basic structure and function of cells as organisms and as part of multicellular organisms. Students will become familiar with the history of genetics, and understand how cells reproduce and how information is transmitted from one generation to the next. Each module will be accompanied with an online laboratory.

  2. BIOL 126 - Biology II  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • This course will introduce students to the concepts and connections between evolution and ecology and includes an online lab component. Students will learn how populations evolve, including what factors are necessary for the process of evolution to occur, and how evolution accounts for both the diversity and similarity among all forms of life on Earth (with a focus on vertebrates). Students will use this information to understand the association between how life on Earth has evolved and how animal form (or structure) relates to function. Finally, by learning about the different types of environments on Earth, students will understand how organisms, populations, and communities, are affected by the dynamics of their surroundings (i.e., the ecosystem), and the importance of conserving the diverse forms of life of Earth.

      For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Biology I or its equivalent.

  3. BIOL 210 - Medical Terminology  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • Medicine has a very distinct and highly specialized language. It is necessary for any student wishing to pursue a successful career in the medical field needs to acquire a comprehension in this system of communication, including Allied Healthcare professionals. Students of the Medical Terminology course will receive thorough instruction in developing fluency with medical terms. Medical vocabulary will be taught with specific emphasis on root (or stem words), prefixes, suffixes and abbreviations. By the end of this course students will be expected to have a basic comprehension of medical terms and be able to communicate accurately to their peers in the field.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Biology I or its equivalent.
  4. BIOL 215 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • A study of the structure and function of the human body, beginning with cells and tissues and then continuing with the study of the 11 major systems. Upon successful completion of these courses students will have a solid foundation in human structure and function and be prepared for basic clinical course-work.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Biology I and II or their equivalents.
  5. BIOL 216 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • A study of the structure and function of the human body, beginning with cells and tissues and then continuing with the study of the 11 major systems. Upon successful completion of these courses students will have a solid foundation in human structure and function and be prepared for basic clinical course-work.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Anatomy and Physiology I or its equivalent.
  6. BIOL 219 - Pathophysiology  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • An introduction to the basic concepts of pathophysiology. Students examine the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function and the resulting human response. Upon completion of this course, students will understand pathophysiological changes, including how pathological processes are manifested, progress in the body, and primary and secondary effects.

    • Prerequisites for this course: 6 hours of Anatomy and Physiology.
  7. BIOL 225 – Genetics  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetics. Emphasis is placed on the molecular basis of heredity, chromosome structure, patterns of Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, and the genetics of human disease. In this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the patterns of inheritance by analyzing how DNA, RNA, and proteins affect the genotype and phenotype of an organism. Students will apply this knowledge, along with their understanding of classic inheritance patterns, to a range of human genetic disorders.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Biology I and Biology II or their equivalents.
  8. BIOL 295 – Biostatistics  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • An introductory course to the use of statistics and study designs in biology. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to design experimental, quasi-experimental and observational studies that will meet regulatory guidelines; collect, analyze, and interpret data using appropriate statistical tools.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Biology I and II or their equivalents.
  9. BIOL 333 – Microbiology  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • This course is designed to meet the requirements of students interested in careers in allied health and nursing. Microbiology for Health Professions is a one semester course that emphasizes the interaction of microorganisms with humans and the diseases they cause. The primary focus of the course is the role of microbes in disease. Topics include nosocomial infections, microbial pathogens, virulence factors and pathogenicity, antibiotic resistance, the immune system, epidemiology, and practical means of controlling the spread of disease. Critical thinking and analysis is emphasized throughout the course. Allied health students completing this course will understand the disease-causing mechanisms of a representative group of pathogenic microorganisms, how these microbes are transmitted and the relevant control techniques, as well as how the body defends itself from pathogen invasion.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Biology I and II or their equivalents.
  10. BIOL 343 – Immunology  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • This course will explore the human immune system and its relationship to human health and disease. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and development of the various components of the immune system, the mechanisms of innate and acquired immunity, the development of vaccines to modulate immune function, and the disease states that can result when the immune system fails. Students in this course will demonstrate knowledge about the basic experimental methods used to evaluate immune system function.

    • Prerequisites for this course: 6 hours of Biology and 3 hours of college-level General Chemistry
  11. BIOL 353 – Histology  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • Histology is the study of microscopic anatomy and is a vital tool in modern healthcare and many research environments. In this course students will be introduced to normal and abnormal microscopic anatomy of human tissues. Coursework will emphasize the dependence of morphological form on the functional demands of cells and tissue. Upon course completion, students will be able to distinguish common histological techniques and visualization methods including light and electron microscopy, as well as typical staining procedures. Students will demonstrate the ability to describe normal human cells and tissues and to correlate structural features of cell and tissue types with functional differences. Students will demonstrate the knowledge needed to identify representative histological micrographs of normal human tissues.

    • Prerequisites for this course: 3 hours of Biology.
  12. BIOL 363 – Molecular Biology  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • This molecular biology course will explore the interface between genetics and biochemistry. Students will delve into the concepts underlying how biomolecules interact in various parts of the cell, focusing heavily on DNA replication, transcription, and translation. In this course, students will engage in a detailed study of varied aspects of molecular biology and will demonstrate their understanding of techniques such as molecular cloning, macromolecule blotting, and polymerase chain reaction, which are commonly used in research.

    • Prerequisites for this course: Biology I, Biology II, and Organic Chemistry I
  1. ECON 203 - Macroeconomics and Literacy  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • The successful operation of modern economics depends on the participation of economically literate citizens. An economically literate citizen should be able to identify problems, gather relevant information, weigh costs and benefits, analyze incentives, and make choices. Students successfully completing this course will be able to comprehend and use basic economic concepts, interpret major macroeconomic statistics, explain how both monetary and fiscal policy can be used to stabilize the economy, and discuss macroeconomic issues.
  2. ECON 204 - Microeconomics and Business  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • An introduction to basic concepts governing the operation of the microeconomy, with specific emphasis placed on understanding microeconomic theory, policy, and issues as they related to business decision-making. Students successfully completing this course will be able to comprehend the workings of the supply and demand model from both a graphical and mathematical perspective, explain the role that elasticity plays in the supply and demand model and know how to calculate and interpret various elasticities, understand utility maximization and the theory of consumer behavior, explain how cost structures differ in the short run and the long run, analyze various market structures in terms of their economic performance, and understand the workings of the various factor markets.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with Macroeconomics or its equivalent.
  1. ENGL 101 - Writing Seminar  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • A writing intensive course designed to enhance the quality of critical thinking and the knowledge of writing. A variety of texts are interpreted, and critical responses are written, using one or more literary forms. The student increases breadth and depth of critical thinking and knowledge of writing.
  2. PHRE 111 - Ethics  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • An examination of philosophical theories on the foundations, principles, and application of ethics. Upon completion, students will be able to describe the theories of Egoism, Virtue Ethics, Utilitarianism, the Social Contact, and Kantian Ethics. Also, students will be able to apply the insights of these theories to contemporary moral issues.
  3. PSYC 117 - Introduction to Psychology  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • An introduction to the systematic study of human cognition, emotion, and behavior with an emphasis on the scientific method. Fundamentals of behavior, learning, conditioning, development, cognitive processes, perception, emotion, personality, and psychopathology are among the content areas studied. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of the scientific method for the study of human nature. Students successfully completing the course will demonstrate a general understanding of the knowledge established in these areas, as well as the methods used by psychologists to acquire that knowledge.
  4. PSYC 259 - Lifespan Development  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • A study of human development from the prenatal period through death. Cognitive, emotional, and social development are considered. Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate their understanding of how physical, psychological, and social factors influence development; the research techniques used to student development; and the practical applications of developmental research.
  5. PSYC 416 - Abnormal Psychology  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • This course examines abnormal behavior and psychopathology including diagnoses, causes, and treatments. The role of society and culture in determining definitions of abnormal behavior and approaches to treatment is also addressed. Students successfully completing the course will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the etiology, prevalence rates, and treatment of a variety of major psychological disorders and critically discuss social and cultural factors relevant to psychopathology.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students have had two previous psychology courses.
  6. SOCI 109 - Introduction to Sociology  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term starting in March 2019

    • An introduction to the systematic study of society in terms of social organization, processes, institutions, and relationships.
  1. HLHP 209 - Nutrition  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • An introduction to basic principles of human nutrition with emphasis on nutrients, food sources, and function of nutrients within the human body. Nutritional requirements throughout the life span are addressed, as well as the impact of cultural, psychological, and physiological dimensions.
  2. HLHP 345 - Exercise Physiology  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term starting in March 2019

    • This course serves to nurture an understanding of the physiological systems and how they are applied to the biology of exercise and nutrition; including references to physical activity common to secondary school (7-12) aged children. Students will also demonstrate an ability to apply theory of appropriate procedures in the physical training and conditioning for competition and physical fitness.
  3. HLHP 346 - Kinesiology/Applied Biomechanics  — Read More…
    • 3 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • Provides information for the potential coach, physical educator, therapist, and/or sport/fitness manager. Course concepts will involve those factors which identify limitations to human locomotor and non-locomotor movement. The student will understand gross skeletal.musculature anatomy, neuromuscular concepts, and physical laws of motion as they apply to human movement. The student will be able to apply theory of acquisition of motor skills and will be able to asses common musculoskeletal disorders as well as identify the etiology and therapeutic exercise for such conditions.
  1. MATH 125 - Precalculus  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • A study of topics in algebra and trigonometry that are used in calculus. Topics include functions, advanced algebra, logarithmic and exponential functions, and trigonometry. Students who successfully complete this course will have the mathematics background needed to study calculus.

    • For successful completion of this course it is recommended that students have completed two years of high school algebra.
  2. MATH 235 - Calculus I  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term

    • An examination of the fundamentals of limits and differentiation and an introduction to integration. Students successfully completing this course will be able to 1) conceptually understand the definitions of limit, derivative and integral, 2) apply the concepts of limits and differentiation to a variety of theoretical and real-life questions, and 3) decisively utilize paper/pencil and technology-based problem-solving techniques.

    • For successful completion of this course it is recommended that students have completed Precalculus.
  1. ASTR 103 - Introductory Astronomy  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • A study of the structure and evolution of the universe with emphasis on the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies, cosmology, and planetary systems. Includes a lab.
  2. CHEM 125 - General Chemistry I  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • Through lecture and lab experience, students will be exposed to and will demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in chemistry such as nomenclature, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, the periodic table, the electronic structure, bonding, and the gas laws.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommend students have 2 years of high school algebra or any 100 level math course.
  3. CHEM 126 - General Chemistry II  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • Through lecture and lab experience, students will be exposed to and will demonstrate an understanding of the factors that determine the speed and extent of chemical reactions - kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with General Chemistry I or its equivalent.
  4. CHEM 205 - Organic Chemistry I  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • Organic Chemistry is the chemistry of carbon and its compounds. Organic molecules are building blocks of life. Proteins, fats, sugars, nucleic acids are some examples of important organic molecules. However, organic chemistry also includes synthetic compounds, such as polyesters, plastics, and countless other materials used in everyday life. Through lecture and laboratory, students successfully completing the course will demonstrate an understanding of organic reactions, syntheses, mechanistic, and structural studies of organic compounds. Students will also learn classical organic laboratory skills and instrumentation, such as nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectroscopy

    • For successful completion of this course, it is recommended that students are familiar with General Chemistry I and II or their equivalents.
  5. CHEM 206 - Organic Chemistry II  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • This course will teach students advanced organic reactions, syntheses, mechanistic, and structural studies of organic compounds. Furthermore, students will learn the organic synthesis of proteins and DNA. Through lecture and laboratory, students successfully completing the course will demonstrate an understanding of organic synthesis, organic laboratory skills, and instrumentation, such characterization of unknowns, nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectroscopy.

    • For successful completion of this course it is recommended that students are familiar with Organic Chemistry I or its equivalent.
  6. CHEM 330 - Biochemistry I  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes at work in the context of living organisms. Students successfully completing this course will demonstrate an understanding of molecular structure and function of biomolecules, as well as chemical transformation, energetics and basic regulation of central metabolic pathways. In the lab students will gain experience with common methodologies for investigating proteins.

    • For successful completion of this course it is recommended that students are familiar with General Chemistry I, II, and Organic Chemistry I, or their equivalents.
  7. GEOL 101 - Environmental Geology   — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term starting March 2019

    • An examination of how geologic processes and hazards influence human activities. The geologic aspects of earth resources and environmental issues related to water, soils, minerals, and fossil fuels are investigated. Hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, flooding, volcanism, and surface deformation are included. A geologic framework for environmental issues, including rocks and minerals, tectonic processes and geologic time is provided. Upon successful completion of this course, student will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and dynamism of geology as well as the natural and human-induced changes in geologic systems.
  8. GEOL 107 - Introduction to Meteorology   — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lecture – Offered every term starting March 2019

    • An introduction to atmospheric science including climate, cloud types and structure, fronts and cyclones, precipitation, severe storms, and air pollution. Upon successful completion of this course students will have an understanding of the Earth’s atmospheric systems, weather forecasting, and the impact of weather on humanity.

    • Basic concepts of weather forecasting are introduced. Investigations will include examination of precipitation processes, severe weather, circulation systems, and air pollution. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the physical factors that affect the atmosphere as well as experience analyzing meteorological data and forecasting
  9. PHYS 107 - Introductory Physics I (Algebra-based)   — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • A course designed to meet the needs of the pre-professional student and the science major as well as providing an introduction to physics for all students. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and sound. Students will gain conceptual understanding and ability to use quantitative methods to model physical phenomena of the topics covered. This course includes laboratory work.

    • For successful completion of this course it is recommended that students are familiar with Algebra, Trigonometry, and Geometry or their equivalents.
  10. PHYS 108 - Introductory Physics II (Algebra-based)  — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • A course designed to meet the needs of the pre-professional student and the science major as well as providing an introduction to physics for all students. Topics covered include electricity and magnetism, electronics, optics, and selected areas of modern physics. Students will gain conceptual understanding of the topics covered and ability to use quantitative methods to model physical phenomena. This course includes laboratory work.

    • For successful completion of this course it is recommended that students are familiar with Introduction to Physics I or its equivalent.
  11. PHYS 201 - General Physics I (Calculus-based)   — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • A calculus-based introduction to physics. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and sound. Students will gain conceptual understanding of the topics covered and ability to use quantitative methods, including calculus, to model physical phenomena. This course includes laboratory work.

    • For successful completion of this course it is recommended that students are familiar with Calculus I or its equivalent.
  12. PHYS 202 - General Physics II (Calculus-based)   — Read More…
    • 4 credits – Includes lab and lecture – Offered every term

    • A calculus-based introduction to physics. Topics covered include electricity and magnetism, electronics, optics, and selected areas of modern physics. Students will gain conceptual understanding of the topics covered and ability to use quantitative methods, including calculus, to model physical phenomena. This course includes laboratory work.

    • For successful completion of this course it is recommended that students are familiar with General Physics I and Calculus II or their equivalents.

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Online: $346 per credit hour

Technology fees: $30 per credit hour

Amanda McKinney

Amanda McKinney

Exec Dir IHPH, Dir OLA, IL Coord, Asst Prof of Practice
Online and Innovative Learning
Kelsey Pruss

Kelsey Pruss

Open Learning Academy, Assistant Director
Open Learning Academy

Matthew Beio

Open Learning Academy Adjunct and Faculty Coordinator
Open Learning Academy
Melissa Clouse

Melissa Clouse

Director of Pre-Health Programs
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Anna Oommen

Adjunct Faculty
Biology
Clara Fynbu-Eggert
Ken Capps

Ken Capps

Adjunct Faculty
Open Learning Academy