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Career Options

The benefit of studying at a major research university, which also has a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences curriculum, is the number of options that affords. At UMaine, you can pursue your interest in a variety of health professions — medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, chiropractic, nursing, dietetics, laboratory sciences, speech pathology, social work, biomedical research and more — until you discover the right discipline for you.

Here are some of the options you could choose:

Students in any major can pursue Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Optometry studies. However, Biology and Zoology both offer formal concentrations in Pre-Med, while Chemistry offers a Pre-Pharmacy track.  Other majors most commonly chosen include Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Our Health Professions Office keeps students up-to-date with scholarship information and admission requirements for professional schools nationwide.

Students interested in biomedical research have the opportunity to work alongside faculty researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories on campus through UMaine’s Bioengineering and Molecular and Biomedical Sciences programs. Our graduates are sought after by top graduate schools, corporations and research programs.

The UMaine School of Nursing is rigorous and competitive. Not only do our students gain hands-on experience in a range of healthcare settings, they also learn how to apply current research to their clinical work.

Our intensive Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum culminates in a yearlong practicum, which gives students the background and experience they need to achieve professional certification as a medical technologist.

Human Nutrition and Dietetics students work closely with faculty on research and outreach in some of the best facilities in the Northeast, and many volunteer with community groups and nonprofits.

UMaine’s offerings in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepare students for careers in speech-language pathology and audiology, as well as careers in a variety of human-services and educational settings.

The Psychology program, one of UMaine’s most popular disciplines, explores the subject as both a biological science and as a social science. A research-intensive track is available for academically qualified students.

UMaine’s School of Social Work balances academic and practical education to prepare students for whatever their next step may be. Small classes, close student-faculty interaction and an individualized field practicum are hallmarks of the school.

Rigorous coursework and hands-on clinical experience ensure that our Athletic Training students are ready to work in a school, medical or private-practice setting after graduation, while some go on to graduate or medical school.  In addition, the Exercise Science track in the Kinesiology and Physical Education major prepares students for graduate studies in allied health.


Contact Information

Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
5782 Winslow Hall, Rm 2
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-3206E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469