Pre-Med: Courses for High School & College Credit

If your teen devours everything related to medical science and you can’t keep up, I found several very challenging courses (and one fun one) that offer an opportunity to make your homeschool program more robust.

It’s usually harder for prospective pre-meds to get to use a lot of college credit from high school, especially in the sciences, so evaluate the value each of these courses provides through the lens of honors high school credit vs college credit. That way, if they DO get college credit in their pre-med program, it will be frosting on the cake. Follow the instructions of each vendor about how to send the course credit to target colleges.

Biostatistics

(register directly with The Institute for Statistics Education – use code HS4CC for potential savings)

NOTE: this is not an introductory course.

Students who complete this two-part, eight-week course will be able to explain the role of probability in health and medicine; calculate confidence intervals; describe the differences between statistical and medical significance; select the proper statistical tests for quantitative data; be familiar with designs for clinical trials; plot ROC curves; calculate relative risk (RR) and odds ratio (OR); and understand introductory survival analysis.

This 8-week course is worth 1 high school honors elective credit and 3 upper-division college credits.

Course credit appears as pass/fail. The methods of assessment are quizzes, weekly homework assignments and a final examination with a minimum passing score of 70 percent.

Prerequisite: Prior college credit in an introductory statistics course is strongly recommended. A self-assessment placement test is provided on the course information page.

This is an eight-week, non-mathematical course designed specifically for medical and health professionals who deal with medical data and want to acquire some statistical skills. It is a two-part course that may be taken together for college credit.

Course syllabus


Health Insurance Law

(register directly with Law Shelf – use code HS4CC for BOGO discount!)

The Health Records and Privacy course focuses on healthcare records legislation, most
importantly, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The course
presents an overview of HIPAA and then discusses the Privacy Rule and what information must
be safeguarded under the legislation. It also covers remedies for unauthorized disclosures, record
retention policies, and requirements for healthcare providers.

This self-paced course is worth 1 high school honors elective credit and 3 lower-division college credits.

Course credit appears as pass/fail. The method of assessment is a final examination with a minimum passing score of 70 percent.

Prerequisite: None

Course syllabus

**when you buy this course and enter HS4CC at checkout, you’ll get a free second course. Choose this course as your free course:

Legal Considerations in Drug Development

More than 4.7 million Americans work in the pharmaceutical industry and more than 16
million work in healthcare. This course looks at the landscape of how the drug development
process is regulated and at some of the most important regulations. Drug development and
marketing is, of course, the lifeblood of the pharmaceutical industry.

This self-paced course is worth 1 high school honors elective credit and 3 lower-division college credits.

Course credit appears as pass/fail. The method of assessment is a final examination with a minimum passing score of 70 percent.

Prerequisite: None

Course syllabus


Medical Terminology

Medical terminology is a specialized language used by health care practitioners. And, just like a foreign language, it has its own vocabulary and ways of stringing together words in an acceptable, i.e., understandable to everyone, format. But, unlike a foreign language, you come across medical terminology every day in magazines and newspapers with articles about new drugs, diets, new medical treatments and on television medical dramas. This course will teach you 300 words.

This self-paced course is worth 0.5 high school elective credit and 0 college credits.

No course credit is available, but the student may elect to take the certificate version of the course which allows 3 attempts at passing the final exam.

Prerequisite: None

Course syllabus

This course offered through the university is completely free but does not generate college credit. If you want a college credit version, you can enroll in this course instead:

Health 103: Medical Terminology (Use code HS4CC at checkout for potential discount)


Author:

Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit