Online Prerequisites for Health Professionals


Complete Your Prerequisites

The School of Nursing offers online prerequisites for health professions. These 10-week online courses are offered every fall, spring, and summer term for students who need to complete the required prerequisites prior to enrolling in health-related academic programs, such as nursing, medicine, physical therapy, and more.

Prerequisite Courses Offered

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with online lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with online lab
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Microbiology with online lab

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NRSG 200 Human Growth and Development - 3 credits

This course is designed to engage students in a meaningful exploration of human development from conception to death with an emphasis placed on the lifespan perspective. Students are exposed to the major cognitive, psychosocial, behavioral, sociocultural, and ecological systems theories that guide the field. The course will provide an overview of the impact of exposure to genetic, environmental, social, and psychological factors on the developing individual. The central questions of developmental psychology concerning the nature and sources of development, as well as the importance of the cultural contexts in which development occurs, will be considered throughout. Developmental research, theory, and application will be integrated throughout the course.

NRSG 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I – 4 Credits

This course is an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. The course begins with cell structure, function, and biochemistry; characteristics of tissues; control systems and homeostasis. In-depth study of skeletal, muscle, and nervous systems is emphasized. Laboratory exercises emphasize the composition and structure at both histological and gross levels of these organ systems. Upon completion of the course, the successful student will be able to demonstrate understanding of structure, function and integration of these physiological systems.

Please note that Human Anatomy and Physiology I can be taken at the same time as Human Anatomy and Physiology II so if you require both courses you may sign up for I and II during the same term.

NRSG 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 Credits

This course examines structures and functions associated with specific organ systems, and functional integration of these systems in homeostatic regulation of the body. The endocrine, cardiovascular, urogenital, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems will be studied. Laboratory exercises emphasize the composition and structure at both histological and gross levels of these organ systems and demonstrate associated physiological principles. Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to demonstrate understanding of structure, function and integration of these organ systems.

NRSG 204 Introductory Biostatistics- 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of statistical ideas and methods and aims to equip students to carry out common statistical procedures and to follow statistical reasoning in their fields of study. Levels of measurement, summarizing data, statistical theories, univariate and multivariate statistics are examined. This course is taught in an on-line format and students are provided with lecture materials, required and optional learning activities (practice problems, flashcards and applets) for each of the 10 modules. Students will complete weekly assessments and participate in online discussions on the course content. Application of statistical methods to healthcare and research will be integrated throughout the course.

NRSG 205 Microbiology with Lab - 4 Credits

This course will cover the basic fundamentals of Microbiology. Topics will include microbial taxonomy; microbial life cycle and metabolism; technology used to study microorganisms; host-microbe interactions; and microorganisms as they relate to human disease. The course will be taught in an online-format where students will be provided with lecture materials (Powerpoints and videos), complete assessments by way of weekly quizzes and unit exams; and engage in online discussions on various microbiological concepts.

Spring 2017 Course Dates

January 9 - March 22

Application for spring online prerequisites will open October 24th

Summer 2017 Course Dates

May 15 - July 26

Application for summer online prerequisites will open February 3rd

Emory's online prerequisite courses are competitively priced for all students at a cost of $325 per credit.

$975 for a 3-credit course

$1,300 for a 4-credit course

Tuition payments are due following registration. Please contact the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs to complete this process at 404.727.7980.

Please note that financial aid cannot be applied to our online courses.

The School of Nursing offers online prerequisite courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please complete the online registration form to enroll in a course today.

Online payment instructions will be sent to all registered students.

Apply Now for Online Prequisites

For Returning Students

For students interested in taking additional online prerequisite courses through the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, no additional application is required. To register for additional courses, email in the semester in which you wish to enroll. The email should include the following information.

  1. Name
  2. Emory ID number
  3. Semester/year you would like to register for additional courses (Ex. summer 2017)
  4. Please list all course names/numbers (Ex. NRSG 200 Human Growth and Development and NRSG 204 Intro to Biostatistics)

Your request will be processed and, upon completion, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address.

If you have any questions about the program please email us at


The online pre-requisite courses are 100% online, including the labs. You will not be required to come to campus.

The online pre-requisite courses do not require students to log in at a specific time of the day, however, each course has a schedule that must be followed, with specific due dates. Each individual instructor will provide their students with the schedule for the course.

Each individual instructor will provide students with instructions on purchasing classroom and lab material prior to the first day of classes.
Most course instructors will start sending out emails to enrolled students a couple weeks before the first day of class. This email will go to your Emory email address, so be sure to check it regularly prior to (and during) the semester.
Online course information can be found on the Emory Learning Management System used by your instructor. This may be Blackboard or Canvas, depending on your course. By Summer 2017, online pre-requisite courses will not be on Blackboard, and all instructors will be using Canvas. To access your course, visit, and log in using your Emory username and password. The classes in which you are enrolled will appear on your course list. If you are enrolled in a class and you do not see it on your course list, you should contact the registrar immediately.
Do not be alarmed, you are ONLY responsible for the $325/credit plus a $360 academic fee.
The due date will be indicated on your tuition bill and also on the letter you received from the Admissions Office, when you applied. It is generally, approximately 10 days prior to the first day of the semester.
No, unfortunately you may not make payment arrangements for these course. Payments must be made, in full, by the due date to avoid being assessed a late fee.
Because the online pre-requisites are a part of a non-degree seeking program, financial aid and student loans may not be applied to these course.

The online special standing courses are designed for students not currently enrolled in courses at Emory University (both nursing and non-nursing courses).  Students who are currently enrolled at Emory needing to complete prerequisite courses, are advised to contact the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs for more information.