Program overview

Are you passionate about health care and excited to become a physician assistant? In the Pre-Physician Assistant track of the Medical Biology major, your curriculum is tailored to meet all academic requirements for admittance into a physician assistant graduate program, including our own Master of Science Physician Assistant (M.S.P.A.) at UNE — the only PA program in Maine. Get the education and experiences that will take you one step closer to making a difference in patients’ lives.


To say that my expectations were exceeded is an understatement.

Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), Medical Biology (Medical Sciences)

Why UNE for Medical Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Track

You will work side-by-side with faculty and graduate students in our medical, dental, and pharmacy schools as well as our many graduate health programs — just one of the benefits of attending a comprehensive health professions university.

  • Up-close interaction with graduate health programs
  • Research opportunities across the health care fields
  • Early exposure to interdisciplinary, team-based care
  • GradVantage program for streamlined acceptance to UNE’s PA or other graduate programs


With the knowledge you gain from your coursework, the critical thinking skills you develop through research, and the life skills you acquire from close working relationships with faculty and peers, you will be on track to excel in a physician assistant master’s degree program. And there are many other rewarding professions that you may wish to explore with your Medical Biology degree, including:

  • Medical Researcher
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Drug Development Scientist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Medical Editor
  • Instrument Technician

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.


of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation 

(per 2016-2020 graduate surveys)


of first-time UNE candidates who passed the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam.

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


There are many ways you can navigate this major. UNE’s academic advising team will help you chart your course.

Examples of available courses

The following are some examples of the courses that the Medical Biology major offers:

  • Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
  • Genetics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Cardio Vascular Physiology
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis

We offer our GradVantage program for admission into our medical and dental colleges as well as our Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their major advisor.

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.


Apply Now or Request Information

Apply online for admission to one of our bachelor of science programs or request more information on a program.

Experiential Learning

Internships and shadowing

You will need to acquire a minimum of 500 patient contact hours through a wide array of enriching internship opportunities. In addition, you will need to spend at least 20 hours shadowing a working physician assistant.

Sites include:

  • Southern Maine Health Care
  • Maine Medical Center
  • UNE Petts Health Center


  • Opportunities for undergraduates to participate in cutting-edge research across health care fields
  • Mentorship from faculty at a university categorized as having “High Research Activity” by Carnegie Classification
  • Paid research positions available

Global education

See the world

Study Medical Biology–Pre-PA on the other side of the world by taking part in our Global Education Programs.

Our semester-long programs in France, Iceland, and at our own global campus in Morocco allow you to keep up with your rigorous course schedule while still enjoying the experience of traveling abroad. Other short-term immersion experiences include faculty-led trips to Costa Rica, Panama, Italy, and Belize; medical mission trips; and the unique Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.

UNE Students eating a cannoli in Italy

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