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Online Physics I for the Health Professions

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This online course is a four-semester hour course delivered at a distance and includes a hands-on physics laboratory. It is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who need a semester of physics as a prerequisite to apply for admission to health professions programs.

Graduate programs that may require PHYS 1010: Physics I may include but are not limited to:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dental medicine
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant

The overall goal of this online course is to provide the student interested in the health professions with an introduction to physics that emphasizes the concepts that are the foundation of sciences, which the students may encounter in their professional studies.

A hands-on modeling approach

Physics I emphasizes a modeling approach to the principles of physics. Modeling instruction emphasizes hands-on observations, data collection and analysis so students may construct mental physical models describing the world around them. Students will then practice their understanding through extensive written and online homework problems supported by video lectures and extensive readings. The accompanying text provides applications of mechanics to a variety of biomedically-rich examples reinforced by online homework activities.

Course outline

Students will test their understanding through online quizzes before taking exams. PHYS 1010 provides an in-depth examination of basic mechanics including the study of motion (kinematics), interactions and forces (dynamics), energy, impulsive forces (collisions) and circular motion. Click here for the full physics for the health professions course outline.

Registering for the lab

Learn more about the laboratories that accompany Online Physics I for the Health Professions »

Enroll anytime, finish 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 it’s flexibility. For added convenience, students may enroll at any time. Since the course is self-paced, you may complete the course in less than 16 weeks.


There are no prerequisite classes to be completed before registering for this course.

Note: Due to the nature of the laboratory equipment and shipping, only students who reside in the 48 contiguous states may enroll in this course.

Technical Requirements

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

Required Course Materials

PHYS 1010 Required Course Materials

You may order your text book through the UNE bookstore. However, you must purchase the DVDs for the lab component from the UNE bookstore as they are a custom product and are not available elsewhere.

Physics for the Life Sciences
Martin Zinke-Allmang
Cengage Learning
1st Edition 2009

DVD’s for lab component

Visit the UNE Bookstore to order your course materials.

Tuition and Fees

Credits: 4
Tuition: $1260
Registration: $25
Lab Kit: $1000
Total: $2285

Note: A $500 deposit is refundable if the kit is returned in good condition. If not, only a portion of the deposit will be refundable. As a reminder, due to the nature of the laboratory equipment and shipping, only students who reside in the 48 contiguous states may enroll in this course.

Exam Procedures

  1. Online Proctoring Center

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

  2. Written Proctored Exam

    Students may take the exam at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's Campus. Please contact us for information at or (207) 602-2494. For a detailed Exam Policy please see course syllabus.

Enrollment online any time

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. You will be required to submit payment 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. Upon registration you will receive an emailed receipt for payment, followed within 24 hours by a "next steps" email. If you have any questions, please call your student support specialist at 1-855-325-0894.

If you intend to use VA Benefits or 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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