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About Our Programs

Human Services Associate Degree

Our associate degree program is primarily for students looking to enter the workforce after graduation or to advance their career at their current place of employment. Graduates of the program qualify for Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification and are eligible for Ed Tech II certification.

Behavioral Health Certificate

This one-year program is specifically designed to meet the requirements for certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C). MHRT/C certification is required by the state of Maine for work as an entry-level mental health practitioner.

Sample Core Courses Include:

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychosocial and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • High Risk Populations
  • Human Diversity
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Substance Abuse
  • Group Process
  • Direct Service Practicum
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.


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

Launch Your Career

SMCC Human Services graduates have started their careers at top-notch employers like:
  • Press Hotel
  • City of Portland
  • Independent Events Coordinator
  • Maine Course Hospitality
  • State Theater
  • and more!

Continue Your Education

SMCC Human Services graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:
  • Johnson & Wales
  • Husson
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Maine
  • and more!
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

I’m attending SMCC to advance my career. I love the human services field because any form of social work is the foundation of community.

- Jeremy Culberson, SMCC student
Spring Classes Start January 19
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