Student Spotlight: Adanna Hackett, Science Prerequisite Program

Adanna Hackett, PA Adanna has always had a passion for her family and medicine. These two passions led her to realize that becoming a physician assistant, or PA, was the right profession for her. Adanna documented her PA school journey in a series of YouTube Videos as “Adanna the PA” where she also gives advice to other pre-PA’s. Continue reading to learn more about Adanna’s journey from pursuing PA school, to enrolling in her UNE prerequisites, to educating other pre-PA students, to receiving her white coat and graduating PA school! Can you tell me a little about yourself and what made you pursue physician assistant school? I’m the youngest of 4, a wife of 10 years, a mother of two beautiful little girls,… Read more >>
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Meet our Team: Courtney Mejia

Courtney Mejia Courtney Mejia works as a Student Service Advisor for our Science Prerequisite for Health Professions courses. Courtney is always willing to go the extra step for her students with her compassionate personality! She understands our non-matriculated student population, and to say Courtney is a problem solver is an understatement. At UNE Online, our students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I work with the Science Prerequisites for Health Professions program! I work to help students fill in the gaps… Read more >>
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Post-Baccalaureate Science Courses at UNE Online – An Overview

The Science Prerequisites for the Health Professions (SPHP) at UNE Online is a suite of a-la-carte, post-baccalaureate courses offered 100% online. The SPHP suite of courses is designed to offer a convenient way for students to take the prerequisite courses that they need to fulfill their goals. Many of our students are working toward acceptance into a graduate program in the health sciences or a program that encompasses these sciences. Complete course offerings and contact information can be found on our website: https://online.une.edu/science-prerequisites/ For a more casual look into the SPHP program, we sat down with Program Director Barbara Fortier to talk about the program and what she feels are the strengths of the course offerings. Can you talk a… Read more >>
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Program Director Spotlight: Barbara Fortier, Science Prerequisites Program

Barbara Fortier: Program Director Spotlight Barbara Fortier is the Program Director for the Science Prerequisites for Health Professions program at UNE Online. We sat down with her recently to talk about why she loves science and education, and what she considers her top tips for student success in her courses. Can you tell me a bit about your background and what drew you to UNE Online? Science education is a huge passion of mine. I earned my undergraduate degree in Education, and then went on to earn a Master’s in Geosciences, and then a Master’s in Oceanography/Marine Science from right here at the University of New England. Both the Geosciences and Oceanography fields are very interdisciplinary sciences that encompass biology, chemistry, physics, and statistics,… Read more >>
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Post Baccalaureate Microbiology at UNE Online: BIOL 1020

Post Baccalaureate Microbiology at UNE Online: BIOL 1020 Post Baccalaureate Microbiology for Health Professions (BIOL 1020) is a course taken by many post-grad students looking to fill a gap in their transcript. We spoke with course designer and instructor Dr. Marta Frisardi about the course standards, the types of schools that accept this UNE Online microbiology course as a prerequisite, and about some of the labs that students will be required to conduct. Can you tell me a little bit about the microbiology course? This is the sixth year we have offered microbiology at UNE Online. Initially, the course used a virtual lab, but we have since moved to a hands-on style of lab format. We’ve found that for this particular course it helps the students grasp the… Read more >>
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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Marta Frisardi – SPHP Program

Marta Frisardi Instructor for the Science Prerequisites for Health Professions program Dr. Marta Frisardi is an instructor with UNE Online’s Science Prerequisites for Health Professions program. Here’s a little bit more about her professional experience, how she engages her online students, and how she feels that her courses prepare her students for life after school. Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what drew you to teaching at UNE Online? I have been teaching and consulting in biology, microbiology and genetics courses for universities, colleges, and community colleges for more than 27 years now. I initially got involved at UNE when I was asked by professors at the medical school to design a Microbiology course with a lab for the online program. What do you teach right… Read more >>
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Meet our Team: Ashley Tellier

Ashley Tellier, Student Support Specialist At the young age of 28, Ashley Tellier’s experience in the higher education industry is already impressive. Since her professional career in higher education began in 2011 she has gained extensive experience in the areas of Advising, Admissions, Registration, and New Student Orientation. Ashley started at UNE Online in her current role as a student support specialist last fall and she’s been impressing her coworkers with her vast array of skills and talents ever since. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Josh McFarland

Josh McFarland, Student Support Specialist Note: As of April 2019, Josh is now the Marketing Manager for the Science Prerequisite Courses for Health Professions and our Graduate Programs in Education! While Josh continues to use his effervescent energy to raise awareness about our many online prerequisites courses, you can find the current Science Prerequisites Student Service Advisors on this page. Josh McFarland works as a student support specialist for our Science Prerequisite Courses for Health Professions. Josh is without a doubt, the happiest and most hydrated person in the office! He always has his massive bright blue water jug at his side and big smile on his face. Even the more challenging days at the office can seem like a breeze in the presence… Read more >>
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Online science classes to satisfy your prerequisites

Science Prerequisites Need a couple of online science prerequisites to get into a program? UNE Online’s Science Prerequisites for Health Professions are 100% online science classes.  UNE is regionally accredited through New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE, formerly known as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for NEASC). You may begin the class as long as you meet the prerequisites for the individual courses. Simply log in, register for the class, pay, and begin on the first or third Wednesday of the month. All of our online prerequisites are instructor-led, high-quality courses. They are taken a la carte, as you need them, so you can do one class or as many as you need. Fill your transcript gaps with 100%… Read more >>
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Science Prerequisites for Health Professions - Why These Courses are Unique

Lending a helping hand with an online science prerequisite course UNE Online offers many great degrees and certificate programs; however, did you know that we also offer individual science prerequisite courses? From Microbiology to General Chemistry, these courses can be taken anywhere in the world! Students who enroll in our science prerequisite courses are typically students who wish to enter a health professions program but need one or two courses to fill a gap in their transcript. Have we caught your attention? Keep reading to learn more! How are these courses set up differently than courses in matriculated programs? Our science prerequisite courses have a 16-week completion time and they have no due dates, meaning students can complete earlier if desired! Another great aspect of these individual courses is the… Read more >>
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How to stay motivated in an online class

Staying Motivated in Online Classes As human beings, our behaviors and our goals are bridged by many factors, a major one being motivation. In essence, the more motivated we are, the more likely we are to act towards the goal. Similarly, as motivation diminishes, so does performance. In the context of online learning, sustaining motivation is vital in committing to the assignments as well as optimizing the learning experience. As students identify motivating factors, their willingness and eagerness to tackle the classroom will likely follow accordingly. Research also shows the importance of motivation in the dynamic relationship between cognitive, emotional, and behavioral engagement. As a student, this means that staying motivated is a key element in not only completing coursework, but also in advancing your… Read more >>
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New and 100% online - Principles of Human Nutrition

Principles of Human Nutrition New online classes begin twice a month Registration deadlines for Principles of Human Nutrition and the entire suite of Science Prerequisite for Health Professions online classes are on the first and third Monday of each month. Secure your spot today! Register Now Not all online nutrition courses are the same. UNE Online has a brand new online nutrition course, 100% online, with fresh, custom-developed content. Principles of Human Nutrition is a 3-credit, science-oriented, introductory online nutrition course. Course content focuses on the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention in relation to personal health choices. Emphasis is placed on the nutrient requirements of healthy individuals, nutrient categories and their characteristics, physiological functions, metabolism, and food sources. Who is… Read more >>
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New! Online Physics I for the Health Professions

New Physics I Class at UNE Online UNE Online has a newly redesigned Physics I course, 100% online, with fresh, custom-developed content. The new class has been designed to be especially relevant to students in the health professions. Geared toward health professions UNE’s new online physics course takes its examples from real life, and incorporates elements of how health science professionals actually use physics in their careers. As you work through the problems in each lesson, you will recognize a clear connection towards a practical application to the field of health care. For example, in the unit on energy, the examples refer to energy in the environment, while the segment on kinematics and rotational motion demonstrates a direct correlation to sports medicine. Prepare for the MCAT The… Read more >>
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Satisfy your genetics course requirement for grad school - new genetics onl

genetics online course The first step toward a career in genetics This new and academically challenging undergraduate level online genetics course, BIOL 1040, with online lab will examine transmission genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, molecular medicine, and developmental genetics. Students will learn from examples drawn from the scientific literature, which stress modern technological and experimental methodologies used in studying the genetics and genomics of prokaryotes, higher plants, and animals. What distinguishes this course from other online genetics courses? Many students wish to enter a health professions program but may need just one or two online science prerequisites to fill a gap in their transcript. This science prerequisite course is taken individually, and does not require you to be enrolled in an overall… Read more >>
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Skip the admissions process with these online courses

UNE classes with no admissions When do you NOT need to go through admissions? UNE Online’s Science Prerequisites for Health Professions classes are our exception to the admissions process rule. They do not require an admissions process at all. Simply log in, register for the class, pay, and begin on the first or third Wednesday of the month.  All of our classes are instructor-led, high-quality courses. They are taken a la carte, as you need them, so you can do just one class or a couple of classes at once. You can take as many of these courses as you need over time. Filling gaps – efficiently UNE has a strong history of preparing students for the health professions, and we were finding that a… Read more >>
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