Health Professions Concentration
UMM offers two programs to begin a fulfilling career in the health professions.
If you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or veterinary medicine the BA in Biology with the Health Professions concentration is the place for you. The rigorous curriculum will prepare you to be successful on entrance exams such as the MCAT, PCAT, or VCAT. The close mentoring with faculty and the opportunity for undergraduate research, internships, and job shadowing in your desired field will help you develop the full background desired for admission into these competitive programs. UMM students who have strong academic records in Biology with the Health Professions concentration have an exceptional success rate of admission into these competitive professional schools (82% over the past 15 years).
Careers in allied health fields such as nursing, nursing assistants, home and personal health aides, and medical assistants, are among the top 30 professions for expected growth through 2020 (US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). In addition to the careers listed above, other possible career tracks include emergency medical technician, dental assistant, surgical assistant, and radiation technician. If you are interested in a career in allied health, and want to start in a less competitive and more nurturing environment close to home, the AA degree with a concentration in Allied Health is designed to meet your needs. The curriculum of the AA degree includes the general liberal arts courses expected in allied health programs, adding the Allied Health Concentration will ensure that you meet the science and math prerequisites required in most programs. Your advisor will work with you to plan an application and transition into a specific allied health professional program; several of which are available at campuses in Bangor.