Pre-Physician Assistant Curriculum

Curricular Requirements
  Credits
CAS Core Requirements 42 - 43
   
Program Required Courses 30 - 33
BIO 105 - Biology I: Ecology/Evolution (included in core requirements) 4
BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular 4
BIO 200 - Genetics or BIO 207 Organismal Genetics 5 - 4
BIO 245 - Gen Prin of Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I 4
BIO 345 - Gen Prin of Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology II 5
BIO 370 - Cell Biology 3
BIO 200 or higher elective (not satisfied by Internship/Research) 3 - 4
BIO 400 or higher elective (not satisfied by Internship/Research) 3 - 4
   
Program Required Science and Mathematics Courses  32 - 33
Chemistry  
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111 - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 210 - Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 310 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry or 4
       CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry 5
 Mathematics  
 MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences 3
 MAT 190 - Calculus I 4
   
Physics   
PHY 110 - Physics I and 4
PHY 111 - Physics II 4
Or  
PHY 210 - University Physics I and 4
PHY 211 - University Physics II 4
   
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits)  variable
Minimum Required Total Credits   120

Additional Guidelines

BIO 210, BIO 275H, BIO 295, BIO 410, BIO 485H and BIO 495 research and internship courses do NOT meet 200- and 400-level course requirements.

3-2 Accelerated Pre-Physician Assistant Track (PPA)

An accelerated version of this track offers selected students the opportunity to enroll in the University of New England's master-level Physician Assistant Program one year early (i.e. after their third undergraduate year).  This five-year educational track is designed to combine a medical biology-pre-physician assistant track baccalaureate degree, master of science degree, and physician assistant certificate. The program has two components.

The undergraduate baccalaureate phase of this program includes: general biology (8 credits), general chemistry (8 credits), organic chemistry (5 credits), genetics (5 credits), biochemistry (4 credits), anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology (9 credits), cell biology (3 credits), physics (8 credits), calculus (4 credits), statistics (3 credits), and other science and core curriculum courses.

Pre-PA students are expected to earn and maintain a current Certificate in Basic Life Support. During the first three years of study students must obtain a minimum of 250 hours of direct patient experience (through paid or volunteer work) in a health/human services setting.

In the second phase, students will begin their application for admission into the Master of Science - Physician Assistant Program. 

To be eligible for a guaranteed interview for admission into the University of New England PA program, students, by October 1 of their 3rd year, must submit a competed CASPA application, have maintained a BCP GPA of 3.30 (BCP is the calculated CASPA GPA of all biology, chemistry, and physics courses completed), and an overall GPA of 3.0.

The overall GPA and BCP GPA for students who transfer into the accelerated pre-physician assistant 3-2 track is calculated by CASPA using all college-level courses taken both at UNE and other institutions. This is inclusive of course work that does not transfer into UNE. Transfer students enrolling in the accelerated pre-physician assistant 3-2 track must be in residence as a full-time matriculated undergraduate student for four semesters at UNE.

Enrollment in the accelerated pre-physician assistant 3-2 track does not guarantee admission into the Master of Science - Physician Assistant Program. In the event a student does not proceed into the master's level program, it is the student's responsibility to plan for timely completion of the medical biology-pre-physician assistant track baccalaureate program.

Students from the accelerated pre-physician assistant 3-2 track who are admitted into the Master of Science - Physician Assistant Program will receive a bachelor's degree upon successful completion of the first-year of graduate PA studies. After successful completion of the second year of the graduate PA curriculum, a Physician Assistant Certificate, and a master of science - physician assistant degree will be awarded. Students should consult their academic advisor for additional information regarding the program.

Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee

The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) consists of staff and faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences. The major function of this committee is to draft letters of evaluation for students applying to health professions programs such as Medical, Dental and Veterinary schools. Interested students should view our web page for information regarding the protocol for obtaining a PHPAC letter of evaluation.