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About our Health Science Programs

SMCC offers a broad range of health science programs and real-world learning in a variety of health-related fields that prepare you for a fast-growing, high-wage career.

Grant Funded Workforce Training (non-credit)

This course is designed to provide you with the clinical knowledge and competency to become a highly-skilled Phlebotomist and the opportunity to earn while you learn! A Partnership between SMCC and NorDx Maine Health.

Medical Assisting

This all-expense paid, accelerated program will provide you with paid, on-the-job training and mastery of MA skills learned in the classroom. Work part-time at a Maine Medical Partners practice while attending class at SMCC.

Are you interested in the health care field but not ready to complete a degree-program? Get started with one of our grant-funded workforce training offerings. These non-credit offerings prepare you for the workforce and provide opportunities for employment after completion. And, if you decide you want to keep your education going, you can return to enroll in one of degree-programs!

Cardiovascular Technology

Prepares you to work with medical professionals in cardiac catheterization laboratories, cardiac surgery, electrocardiography/stress laboratories, or echocardiography departments.

mergency Medical Services/Paramedicine

Prepares you for employment with municipal and private ambulances, fire departments, hospitals, clinics and industrial settings.

Health Sciences

Provides introductory courses for careers in healthcare administration or healthcare education or for students interested in continuing their education at a four-year college.

Medical Assisting

Prepares you for drawing blood, administering injections, assisting with procedures, taking vital signs, providing direct patient care, being a receptionist, billing, medical coding, and more!


Prepares you to become a registered nurse at the associate-degree level and to take the NCLEX Registered Nurse (RN) licensure examination for entering the field. (Maine State Board of Nursing approved. ACEN accredited).

Nutrition & Dietetics

Provides courses as a starting point for students interested in working in areas of nutrition care, dietary management, health, fitness, and wellness.


Prepares you to become radiographers at the associate-degree level. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, ARRT.

Respiratory Therapy

Prepares you to care for and treat people with breathing problems in all age groups. There are numerous employment opportunities for respiratory therapists in Maine and beyond.

Surgical Technologies

Prepares you to become a Certified Surgical Technology which is a member of the surgical team in the operating room who works with others providing care. Partnership between SMCC and Maine Medical Center.

We have numerous programs in the Health Sciences that lead to rewarding careers. While some of these programs currently have wait lists, students can still enroll at the College and get started with their general education courses. In a near semester, students may be accepted into and take core courses in their program of interest.

Southern Maine Community College is...

Southern Maine Community College is...


Take advantage of the lowest tuition and fees in New England, at only $3,820 per year in-state – less than $400 on average for a three-credit class.


Whether your classes end up being on-campus or online, we are ready for you. We have enhanced our online learning systems and training, and our campuses have safety precautions in place.


We are committed to helping you reach your goals. All of our support services from faculty and staff advising and tutoring to career and transfer services, are available to you online and/or in-person.


We have adjusted and found creative solutions for site-visits and internships so that students are still connected with employers.


If you are interested in taking a few courses that can transfer or earning your degree and continuing your education after graduation at a four-year university, SMCC is the perfect place to do so.


Take courses to gain skills to for employment opportunities or earn a degree or certificate that leads to a high-wage career or allows you to transfer and continue on.

A three-credit
class averages
Full-time tuition
gain employment or continue their education w/in 9 months
3 Campuses
South Portland, Brunswick & Online

Hear from our Students

Kendra Cummings,
Respiratory Therapy Student

I worked for nearly 20 years as an event coordinator and a hotel manager when I decided I was ready for a change.

I was feeling empty and wanted a career where, at the end of the day, I could feel like I was making a difference. I knew I wanted to get into the medical field, so I enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy program.

I’ve come to realize I love what I’m doing and that I’ve found my passion. I love school and being out in clinical settings.

Ralph Houanch,
Nursing Student

I didn’t speak a word of English when my family moved to Maine from Haiti in 2009 in search of better opportunities and to escape the political turmoil in my homeland.

I graduated from Portland High School and then earned a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-pharmacy from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. Eventually I realized I wanted to have more direct interaction with patients, and I decided nursing was the better career choice for me.

SMCC is affordable, and the support I’ve received from faculty has been great. I feel like I’m part of a community.

90% of SMCC graduates get a job or continue their education within nine months of graduation.

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Continue your education

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