Thinking about going into the field of medicine, medical science, or healthcare and want a real-world taste of what it’s like? Wake Forest's pre-college online courses in medicine, designed for high school students ages 13 and up, have been created for this purpose. We offer exciting topics in the medical field, covered in-depth, through online coursework. You’ll learn from Wake Forest physician faculty and professors and earn a Certificate of Completion from Wake Forest.
The courses are 100% online, meaning that you can complete your course whenever it works with your schedule. There will be 30 hours of overall course time over 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the session you choose, including video lessons, unit assignments, and access to your mentor.
The courses offered are:
Making the Rounds: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Doctor
Always wanted to be a doctor? Or think you may want to pursue pre-med in college? If you have a passion for science and want to get an inside look at how physicians manage the patient journey from ambulance to ER to operating room to rehab, Wake Forest’s online course opens the door of learning to this exciting field.
Sports Medicine: An Inside Look at the Major Injuries & Treatments
Your favorite quarterback is out with a concussion. Will he return for the 4th quarter? You’re playing tennis and you feel your shoulder pop. What’s going on? Get the answers in this course on sports medicine. We’ll focus on 3 common injuries — ACL tear, shoulder dislocation and concussion. Plus, you’ll learn about traumas and treatments of star athletes. This online course is a must if you seek a future career in the field — from orthopedic surgeon to athletic trainer.
The Mystery and Science of Human Behavior: An Insider’s Guide to Psychology
“Go with your gut.” “Think positive.” “Follow your passion.” People use phrases like this to guide behavior. But are they effective when measured by science? This course helps you separate common sense from true psychological insight. Learn how your brain forms perceptions, and how easily it can be tricked. Delve into the hidden world of unconscious emotion. Find out if memories can be trusted and learn about psychological disorders. Whatever your career aspirations — doctor, lawyer, entrepreneur, social worker — this course will help you understand human behavior.
Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating
In this online course, you’ll accompany a patient on their cancer journey. You’ll see what it’s like to be diagnosed, to receive treatment, and how people cope with its spread. Learn the types of treatment and their specialists, along with groundbreaking advances that are changing the lives of patients. If you are interested in pre-med or careers in healthcare, this course is a must.
Women's Medicine: An Inside Look at Treatment, Intervention, and Surgery
Consider this: 63% of the top 10 surgical procedures are performed on women. More than ½ of any doctor’s patients will be women. Symptoms for common conditions such as heart disease and Lupus express themselves differently in women than in men. That’s why for anyone thinking about a future in medicine or healthcare, this course is an absolute must. Learn about the stages of a woman’s life, from puberty to post-menopause, and delve into the health conditions that affect each. Gain insight into menstruation, birth control, pregnancy, hormonal shifts, and more. Learn to think like a doctor who faces health issues like these every day.
Bioscience: An Inside Look at Infectious Disease
Are you curious about how scientists study and treat infectious diseases at the very deepest level? Would you like to explore college majors and careers connected with this field? If you have a passion for understanding how diseases spring from nature to humans and then spread across our planet, this course is for you. We’ll take a deep dive into the causes and treatments of conditions such as Covid-19, tuberculosis, HIV and more. Ideal for anyone interested in pre-med, scientific research, global health, biology or chemistry.
All course options, whether 2 or 4 weeks, contain the identical educational content, learning materials, number of assignments, and access to mentoring. The difference in length of course is due to time of year (not amount of instruction). We know the school year keeps you busy, so we've made the course longer during that time so you can get assignments done.