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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by joujou116, Jan 13, 2014.

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  1. joujou116

    joujou116 2+ Year Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    I was wondering if anyone has talked to any medical schools regarding their opinions on courses taken through Coursera? From the MSAR, I know that there are some schools that accept online courses, but I'm not sure what they would say specifically about Coursera. I've emailed a few Admissions offices out of curiosity, but I was just wondering if anyone had any information on any particular schools?

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  3. AquiVoy13


    May 10, 2013
    I know you can receive a 'certificate' that says you took the class, but do they have credit hours?

    I've taken a few of their classes. They're fun and informative, but pretty easy...
  4. Boolean


    Oct 14, 2013
    I personally would bring up the fact that you've taken the course, and get the "Signature Track" version of the course (50 bucks or so) if you can, but otherwise I think you'd be hard pressed to get credit for these courses (except perhaps at the institution that awarded you the certificate)
  5. Doudline

    Doudline 2+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    I can't imagine any medical school accepting credits for Coursera lol, even if you were certified/verified.
  6. Narmerguy

    Narmerguy Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    I agree. It probably would need to come from an accredited institution...i.e. if the school itself is not giving you their course credit for passing this course, than I wouldn't expect much from it.
  7. cadingcading

    cadingcading 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    New York
    Actually I just took a Coursera course on abortion offered by UCSF. It was amazing and they were offering credits to med students and other health profesionals in certain programs. They had a link to a website where you could apply to get CMEs. I think it comes down to the specific course and your institution. For the comments above who think these courses aren't serious, I would take a look at what Cousera has to offer. UCSF has a course coming up on Clinical problem solving. If you are a student you could probably apply for CMEs depending on your institution.

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  8. joujou116

    joujou116 2+ Year Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    That's great to hear! Thanks so much - even if I don't get credit, I definitely want to take a look at those courses ^
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