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Online Medical Physiology

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This one-semester online medical physiology course is designed to meet the physiology prerequisite for students who are applying for admission to health profession programs. Most students taking this course will have an undergraduate degree. The overall goal of this online course is to provide the student interested in the health professions with an introduction to physiology that emphasizes the concepts that will be important for, and provide the basis for, the topics the student will encounter in their professional studies.

Course outline

This online medical physiology course contains the same major subject and content areas as traditional physiology courses taught on campus. The focus is human medical physiology as it pertains to human health and a virtual laboratory, highly focused on health problems, accompanies the course. This course is team-taught by three professors who have extensive experience teaching graduate health science students and are experts in their teaching areas. Most students, especially those who work in clinical settings, will find this course challenging but rewarding. Click here to see the full course outline for Online Medical Physiology, PHSL 1010.

Course delivery

All course material, for both lecture and laboratory, is on the web or sent through the mail. The course is delivered using online streaming audio of lectures and power point slides. Virtual labs will be completed using a Physiology Interactive Lab Simulations (Ph.I.L.S.) CD. Assigned questions (at the discretion of the instructor) and online support are delivered using Blackboard Learn. Click here to learn more about the laboratories that accompany Online Medical Physiology.

Complete at your own pace

Working at the pace typical for a four semester hour course, the average student will complete the online course in approximately 16 weeks. Many students are nontraditional students who have elected an online course for flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may complete the course in less than 16 weeks.


A one-semester college-level biology course must be completed before registering for this course. All prerequisite courses must have been completed successfully within the past seven years.

Technical Requirements

To learn more about the technical requirements for this and other Post-Baccalaureate courses, click here.

Required Course Materials

PHYSL 1010 Required Course Materials

Vander’s Human Physiology
13th Edition 2014 with CONNECT Plus access code.

Alternatively, students can purchase Vander’s Human Physiology, 13e CONNECT Plus access code stand-alone (this is the paperless option that comes with eBook access to Vander’s Human Physiology 13th printed book).

Both options include the eBook that can be read from a tablet, along with all CONNECT homework, Smartbook/LearnSmart, APR access, PHILS 4.0 access (that you will need to do your labs online) and all CONNECT homework for APR and PHILS. Do NOT purchase the PHILS software by itself for the course, because both options above include access to the PHILS labs online.

Visit the UNE Bookstore to order your course materials.

Textbook author Eric Widmaier

Eric Widmaier

Eric Widmaier

I am delighted that Drs. Wold, Nordlie and Johnson are using McGraw-Hill’s textbook, Vander’s Human Physiology, in their unique and cutting-edge distance course on Medical Physiology. I know that many physiologists would agree that this textbook, formerly authored by Drs. Arthur Vander, James Sherman, and Dorothy Luciano, has been the gold standard by which Human Physiology has been taught for more than a generation.

When I and my coauthors assumed authorship of the book upon the retirement of Dr. Vander and his colleagues, we made a special point of demonstrating the practical relevance of the text material for students interested in careers in medicine or medically-related fields. As one example, users of the book will find a concluding chapter devoted to case studies that integrate material from throughout the text into real-life medical situations. As students read through the cases, they are repeatedly asked to “reflect and review” about topics that are cross-referenced to earlier chapters. This involvement of the student in his or her own learning process is emphasized in all chapters.

It is a pleasure to be associated with this course. Dr. Wold and colleagues have established a unique, up-to-date, practical, and thorough online course that will benefit anyone interested in Human Physiology, particularly those planning a career in medically-related fields.

Tuition and Fees

Credits: 4
Tuition: $1260
Registration: $25
Total: $1285
The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Exam Procedures

  1. Online Proctoring 

    For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning's ProctorU site.

  2. On Campus Proctoring

    Alternatively, students may take the exam at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's Campus in Biddeford, Maine. Please contact us for information at or 207-602-2494. For a detailed Exam Policy please see course syllabus.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. Please keep in mind that courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Payment is due in full at the time of registration.  Your official start date is the date that the course opens, and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.  

Courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST on the Monday before the class starts. See the UNE Academic Calendar for more details. 

Assistance with registration

If you have any questions or need help with registering for your class, please call an Enrollment Counselor at 1-855-325-0894 or email

If you intend to use VA Benefits or Military Tuition Assistance, please do not use the self-registration portal. Please call 1-855-325-0894 to be directed to the appropriate office for assistance.

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