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Physician Assistant

Welcome to the Physician Assistant Program


UNE's Physician Assistant Program has been awarded a $990,000 federal grant to expand the program. Part of an effort to train more primary care providers to meet increasing demand, the grant will provide $22,000 in annual tuition reimbursement to each of five additional students accepted into the program each year for the five-year length of the grant.  More ...


The University of New England Physician Assistant Program prepares master's-level primary care physician assistants who practice with physicians and other members of the health care team.

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Our students and alumni tell us that they like our program's caring faculty, the thorough academic preparation they receive during their first year, and the variety and quality of their second-year clinical experiences.

The Physician Assistant Program is housed within the College of Health Professions on the Westbrook College Campus in Portland, Maine.

The program has been planned to effectively utilize faculty expertise from the University's College of Health Professions, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences. Some faculty members hold joint appointments with responsibility for teaching medical and physician assistant students as well as other health professional students.

A Dynamic Health Care Model

PA students have many opportunities to interact with the College of Health Professions seven other programs of study on the Portland campus through the College's dynamic and innovative, interdisciplinary model of health professions education, which emphasizes an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective on health and healing to promote the best possible care and health outcomes for clients and patients.

Similarly, PA candidates will receive clinical supervision as part of an integrated team of health providers. It is our expectation that these collaborative strategies toward teaching and learning will ultimately result in high quality, cost-effective health care delivery, particularly in medically underserved regions of New England.

State-of-the-Art Resources

Students also have access to state-of-the-art educational resources, including an interactive classroom equipped with the latest media and computer, the Gross Anatomy Laboratory, electronic journals and books, and the Clinical Simulation Program, which features several high-tech patient simulators.

24-Month Program

Upon successful completion of the Physician Assistant Program, the University of New England awards the master of science degree. The program operates on a 24-month full-time calendar, beginning in mid June of each year with a new incoming class.

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What Our Students Are Saying

Take a look at what two of our students have to say about our program

Matthew Picard
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Matthew Picard
Matthew discusses the philosophy of the students and the accessibility of faculty.

Robin Behl
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Robin Behl
Robin discusses the uniqueness of the interview process and UNE campus and surrounding area.

Alumni Spotlight

Michele Korthas '05
Physician Assistant Program

"As a student in the PA program, I truly felt supported by the faculty throughout the academic and ..."

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