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FAQ

General

Who should take
HMX courses?

HMX courses are suitable for anyone interested in medicine or a career in health care:

  • College students interested in medicine or anyone who is considering applying to medical school
  • Individuals interested in pursuing training for other health care careers—including physician assistant programs, nursing programs, pharmacy programs and programs for other related health care professions—who want to raise their understanding to the next level
  • High school students who are interested in medicine and want to challenge themselves
  • Curious learners with sufficient prerequisites (biology, chemistry, physics) who want to learn more

Who takes HMX courses? Meet some of our students.


Can I take these as an
individual or do I have to be
associated with a school?

You do not have to be associated with a school to take HMX courses. However, some schools and programs partner with us to offer HMX courses to their students, so you might want to check with your school before signing up as an individual.


Can I try out some of the
material before I sign up?
Do you have a free trial?

Yes. You can get free access to full lessons from the HMX Immunology and Physiology courses.


What does it take to sign up?
Do I have to apply?

If you are not taking HMX courses through a school program, you will need to fill out a brief application that gives us some basic information about you and what you hope to get out of the HMX courses. You will also need to confirm that you’ve met the recommended prerequisites.


What prerequisites do I need?

We recommend knowledge of basic chemistry, biology, and physics. Advanced knowledge of these topics is not required.


Do you offer Harvard Medical
School credit for HMX
courses?

We do not offer academic credit for HMX courses, but we offer a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Completion for those who attain certain thresholds in a course.


Will I earn a grade? Do I
need a good score to get a
certificate?

Your scores on assessments throughout the course, including a final exam, will determine whether you qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Completion from Harvard Medical School. Earning a certificate requires significant effort, and not all participants will meet that level of achievement. You will not receive a letter grade (A, B, C, and so on).


Can I mention my certificate in
my LinkedIn profile or when I
apply to a program?

Yes. Certificates that you earn are appropriate for posting or sharing with programs.


What does the certificate
look like?

HMX Certificate of Achievement       HMX Certificate of Completion


Will I get a physical certificate?

No, certificates are given in PDF format only. The quality and resolution of the certificates is suitable for printing and framing.

Payment

How much do HMX
courses cost?

The enrollment fee for each HMX course is US$800. If you sign up for a multi-course bundle, you receive a significant discount: US$1000 total for a two-course bundle (US$500 per course) or US$1800 total for a four-course bundle (US$450 per course). These are introductory prices and are potentially subject to change in the future. There is also a US$35 non-refundable application fee.


What forms of payment
are accepted?

We take all major credit and debit cards: Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. We do not accept personal checks, wire transfers, or forms of payment other than those listed here.


Can I get a refund if I find
out a course is not right
for me and I need to drop
the course?

You are eligible for a refund if you drop within the first 3 days of a course.


Do you offer financial aid?

We are able to offer a limited number of partial fee waivers. If you wish to be considered for a waiver, you will need to complete an additional application section and submit your application for a slightly earlier deadline. (See application deadlines here.) We consider a number of factors when granting waivers, including academic achievement, interest in the field of medicine, and a statement of financial need.

Timing

When can I start?

You can find a schedule of course cohorts and application deadlines on the Courses page.


How long does each
course last?

Courses last for ten weeks, with new material released over the duration of the course. The course concludes with a final exam.


How many hours per week
should I expect to spend on
a course?

The time you spend will depend on a number of factors, including how carefully you take notes, how seriously you take the assessments, and how much you participate in the Ask a Question forums. Most people can expect to spend 4 to 6 hours per week on a course, particularly if they aim to earn a certificate.


Is the material self-paced?
Can I go through a course
as quickly or as slowly as I
want to?

New material is released at intervals throughout each course. Once material is released, it stays open for the remainder of the course. You can complete released lessons at your own pace, but you will not receive the lessons for the next release until their release time, even if you complete your current lessons early.

Courses

What topics does each
course cover?

In HMX Physiology, you will learn foundational concepts in physiology and see how they apply to patient care. This course focuses on principles that are important for understanding multiple organ systems.

In HMX Immunology, you will learn foundational concepts in immunology and gain a basis for understanding a broad range of medical conditions. This course focuses on principles that are important for understanding innate and adaptive immunological responses and includes lessons on failures of the immune system and novel immune therapies.

In HMX Genetics, you will learn foundational concepts in genetics and gain new insight into the rapidly evolving field of genomics. This course spans the field from basic to advanced genetics.

In HMX Biochemistry, you will learn foundational concepts in biochemistry and gain a new appreciation for how this field applies to human health and disease. This course focuses on the foundational principles and themes in biochemistry, spanning from the molecular up to the whole organism.

View a detailed list of topics in each course.


Do I have access to the
course material after the
course is over?

You will not have access to most course materials after a course is over, but you will continue to have access to your downloaded lesson notepads (note-taking guides).


What kind of tests are there?

Each course includes many assessment questions throughout lessons to let you check your understanding, as well as a final exam. Your score on the assessments and exam is used to determine whether you qualify for a certificate.

Technical Requirements

What are the technical
requirements?

The lessons require a modern browser – the latest Chrome, Safari, or Firefox should work well. A broadband internet connection is recommended to access the rich media in the program. If you’re unsure of what browser version you’re currently using, check WhatsMyBrowser.org for more information.


What bandwidth is required?

The HMX platform allows engagement with the content, including course videos, with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, there may be video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or ‘high’ quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2Mbps download speed.

Discussions & Asking Questions

Do you have discussion
forums or areas where I can
ask a question and interact
with other students?

Each course has an “Ask a Question” forum where you can ask questions about the content of the course and see your peers’ questions.


Who moderates the forums?
Will my question be answered
by a teacher?

The “Ask a Question” forums are moderated by HMX staff, who respond to all questions about the content of the courses. If you are taking HMX Fundamentals through a school program, the forums will have moderators from your school.