Healthcare is Maine's fastest growing industry, and the College's Allied Health programs are among the most sought after in the region. Here, students work directly with physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals in clinical settings and train using the latest technology. Classroom work is demanding, providing thorough grounding in anatomy, physiology, biology, and other health sciences. Clinical affiliations with Maine Medical Center in Portland and other hospitals throughout the region give students hands-on experience and a chance to develop job contacts at facilities near where they live.
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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Preventing the disease, diagnosing and treating it are all part of the duties and goals of the professional medical team that includes the cardiovascular technician.
This associate of science degree program prepares graduates to work side by side with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in cardiac catheterization laboratories, operating rooms, non-invasive laboratories, and echocardiography departments.
Students receive training in cardiovascular physiology, medical electronics and instrumentation, and applied cardiovascular techniques. The student is exposed to the many areas of non-invasive cardiology such as echocardiography, including 2D Echo, Doppler, and color flow Doppler, stress testing, Holter monitoring, and computerized electrocardiography.
Students study in SMCCs modern laboratories and classrooms in addition to spending more than 1,140 hours in various clinical rotations in area hospitals.
Career opportunities for graduates are numerous, as advancements in medical knowledge and technology increase. The increasing number of cardiovascular procedures and interventional techniques such as angioplasty, stent placement, pacemaker implants, and ablations along with a variety of echo techniques, have increased the demand for qualified cardiovascular technologists to practice.
Continuing Your Education
Graduates of SMCCs Cardiovascular Technology program accepted at the University of Southern Maine may transfer a full two-years of credit towards a Baccalaureate Degree in Health Sciences.
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The Dietetic Technology program leads to a two year Associate of Science degree. The mission of the Dietetic Technology program is to educate and train generalist dietetic technicians who possess both skills and work habits to compete in the rapidly changing health care community.
Graduates are prepared to work under the supervision of a registered dietitian in designing specialized diets, teaching healthy eating habits, and managing institutional food services and nutrition programs.
Dietetic technicians work in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-related facilities. They also may be found in special subsidized feeding programs, weight control clinics, athletic training facilities, school nutrition programs, and such government agencies as VISTA and the armed forces. Job opportunities outpace the number of graduates each year.
The program combines classroom and laboratory work on the SMCC campus, as well as supervised clinical placements in area hospitals, nursing homes, school food services, and community health agencies. Students may pursue their studies on a part-time or full-time basis.
The SMCC program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876. Graduates are eligible for membership in the American Dietetic Association, to take the registration examination to become a Dietetic Technician Registered, and to become licensed in the State of Maine.
Recommended Admissions Prerequisites
Continuing Your Education
Credits earned in the program are frequently transferred to four-year colleges, offering programs leading to qualifications as a registered dietitian. Many SMCC students pursue these advanced studies. Additionally, through articulation agreement, credits transfer into the Health Science degree offered through School of Nursing at the University of Southern Maine.
The Medical Assisting Program leads to a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Medical Assisting. This degree will prepare students to perform multi-skilled duties and responsibilities in a variety of medical settings. This curriculum is flexible allowing the student to focus on different concentrations which include...
The duties of medical assistants are very flexible and will vary depending on the type of office or work setting but could include: drawing blood, administering injections, assisting with exams and surgical procedures, taking vital signs, direct patient care, performing electrocardiograms, patient education, telephone triage, receptionist skills, filing, insurance reimbursement and billing procedures, medical coding, correspondence, medical transcription and scheduling appointments.
Following completion of the classroom component, the program will culminate with a 160-hour Practicum in a medical office/clinical setting in which theory learned in the classroom is applied in actual medical practice environment. The student is responsible for transportation and / or other costs related to the Practicum. The student is responsible for providing proof of completion of a CPR course at the Medical Provider level prior to participation in the Practicum.
All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in Keyboarding / Typing prior to taking MDA-208 Machine Medical Transcription. A competency of 40 words a minute with a 5-error maximum on a 5-minute timed typing test is required. This may be demonstrated by the student passing a challenge keyboarding test administered at SMCC. The student will have access to Keyboarding tutorials in school computer labs or purchase typing / keyboarding tutorials for home computer use.
Students must complete the 61 credits in the Medical Assisting Program and achieve a minimum of “C” in all designated core courses. A student who receives less than a “C” (73%) twice in a single Medical Assisting course will be dismissed from the Medical Assisting Program.
Graduates of this program may transfer a full two-years of credit towards a Baccalaureate Degree in the Health Sciences Program accepted at the University of Southern Maine.
If you have any questions regarding the AAS Degree in Medical Assisting or the certificate in Medical Coding, please contact Lynn Kobus mailto:lkobus@smccME.edu
Pharmacy Technician Program
There is a nationwide shortage of pharmacists and qualified pharmacy technicians. As the American population ages, the subsequent rise in prescription volume will further increase the demand for technical support staff. The purpose of the pharmacy technician program at Southern Maine Community College is to offer a two-year associate degree in science that will prepare pharmacy technicians for employment in either an institutional or retail pharmacy setting. There is no other program of its kind in Maine and the program is poised to greatly impact the practice of pharmacy.
A pharmacy technician works under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They are qualified to fill prescription orders and perform other tasks allowing the pharmacist to spend more time on patient counseling and care. The goal of SMCC is to provide a comprehensive two-year associate degree program that combines general education requirements, basic science requirements and career related courses. The pharmacy profession is varied and includes occupations in hospitals, nursing homes, retail pharmacies, home healthcare and drug wholesalers. The pharmacy technician program will prepare the student for the national certification exam and offer a means to explore different career alternatives and interests within the practice of pharmacy.
Upon completion of the program the student will:
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Paramedics are members of the health care team who administer advanced level care in the prehospital environment. Paramedics practice under the license of their physician medical director and by direct physician consultation by telephone or radio. Employment opportunities are available with municipal and private ambulances, fire departments, hospitals, clinics, and in industrial settings. The steady increase in opportunities has also created a variety of EMS related leadership and instructional positions.
Admission into the Paramedicine program requires that a student be a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) for a minimum of six months and 50 documented EMS calls. Applicants must also complete an aptitude exam and interview with the paramedic faculty. Current Paramedics may apply to have certain courses waived if working towards a degree.
The student will gain entry-level competency to many new skills including comprehensive patient assessment, endotracheal intubation, intravenous therapy, medication administration, cardiac rhythm interpretation, and defibrillation. Students will also take general education courses consisting of math, English, and psychology in addition to the required allied health courses to include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Included in the curriculum are certifications in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), and PHTLS (Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support). Additional fees are required for these courses.
As part of the clinical component of the program, students will complete a minimum of 600 hours of clinical time in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical facilities, and paramedic services. Students are required to complete a portion of their field internship with a high volume EMS service in a major city. Upon satisfactory completion of all courses, a student receives an Associate Degree in Paramedicine and is eligible to take the State of Maine paramedic exam and the National Registry paramedic exam.
Radiation therapists provide direct patient care services. In fact, approximately 50 percent of all those who have cancer will receive radiation therapy. Each year more than a million newly diagnosed cases of invasive cancer are reported in the United States. As medical and technological advances combine to improve cancer detection and treatment, the therapeutic and palliative effects of radiation therapy will continue to play a crucial role for these patients.
Today, practice and technology are evolving rapidly especially with the integration of sophisticated computer technology. The radiation therapy program utilizes this technology with a combination of radiation therapy and general education courses. Emphasis on independent decision making and critical thinking skills based on a solid clinical foundation with selected medical centers in the area will challenge the learner.
The radiographer, a vital member of the health care team, utilizes sophisticated x-ray equipment to obtain diagnostically valuable images of any body part. In order to perform radiographic procedures, the radiographer must have a good working knowledge of not only human anatomy and radiographic procedures, but also radiation physics, principles of imaging, radiation protection, and quality assurance. The ever-changing innovative technological evolution makes radiography a challenging and progressive career. Employment opportunities include not only hospitals, private offices, and outpatient clinics, but specialties extend to mammography, computerized tomography, vascular radiography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Additional career opportunities exist, with additional education, in nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, sonography, teaching, and administration.
The accredited two-year curriculum affiliates clinically with Maine Medical Center in Portland, Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick and H.D. Goodall in Sanford, as well as an orthopedic office in Portland. Graduates receive an Associate of Science Degree and are eligible to apply to take the certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Diagnostic Radiography.
Admission to the Radiography program is competitive with many more applicants than available positions.
High School Prerequisites
Respiratory Therapy is an Allied Health specialty involved with evaluation, treatment, management, diagnosis and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. The respiratory therapist is a life-support specialist. During emergency calls, which often signify a life and death situation of cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest, respiratory therapists become responsible for life support of the patient through airway management, artificial ventilation, external massage and other sophisticated emergency support measures. Therapists must be efficient in many areas of specialized and therapeutic respiratory care, such as oxygen, humidification, aerosols, positive pressure breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, airway management, pulmonary function studies and blood gas analysis. With the ever increasing number of cardiopulmonary disorders and the advancement in respiratory therapy and specialty areas, job opportunities in this dynamic and challenging Allied Health profession are rapidly expanding.
The program leads to an Associate of Science Degree, and is run in close cooperation with its clinical affiliates: Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Portland, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, and Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.
High School Prerequisites
THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST
TWO CLASSES ANNUALLY: March and September
MMC SST SCHOOL INFORMATION
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY: Maine Medical Center
ONE-PLUS-ONE: Southern Maine Community College