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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. Choose from free short-term workforce training programs (non-credit) or jump into one of our degree programs. Here, you’ll get the skills you need to be employed or continue your education at a four-year college.

Grant Funded Workforce Training

Free to Qualified Applicants!


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 medical field but aren’t sure what the right path is for you or do you need to find employment, fast? If so, our workforce training programs (free to qualified applicants) are a great way to get started. And, if you want to further your education after, you can continue by enrolling in one of our degree programs.



Cardiovascular Technology

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

Emergency 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 Technologist

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 degree programs in the Health Sciences that lead to rewarding careers. While some of these programs currently have waitlists, 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...


We offer the lowest tuition and fees in New England at only $3,880 per year in-state – less than $400 on average for a three-credit class.


We have enhanced our online learning systems, and our campuses have all the necessary safety precautions in place.


We offer extensive support services from advising and tutoring to career and transfer, available online and/or in person.


Our faculty are professionals in their field and connected with employers who can provide you internships and future employment.


Take a few courses that can transfer, or earn your degree and utilize one of our seamless transfer agreements to continue your education at four-year college.


Take courses to gain skills for employment or earn a degree that leads to a high-wage career.

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.

Launch Your Career

SMCC Health Science graduates have started their careers at top-notch employers like:
  • Maine Medical Center/MaineHealth
  • Maine Medical Partners
  • Maine General Hospital
  • Martin’s Point Healthcare
  • Mercy Hospital
  • MidCoast Primary Care
  • Southern Maine Health
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
  • Philips Medical
  • Dartmouth Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General
  • And more!

Continue Your Education

SMCC Health Science graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Saint’ Joseph’s College
  • University of Maine
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