Careers in law enforcement, fire protection, and paramedicine demand courage, intelligence, and competence in the latest technology. Southern Maine Community College's programs help mold that character through a combination of academics, intensive training under former and active professionals, and in-service preparation. Fire Science graduates are employed as fire inspectors, safety technicians, industrial fire-protection specialists, and municipal fire fighters. Law Enforcement graduates find careers in government agencies and in private-sector organizations devoted to security, safety, and investigation. Paramedicine graduates secure positions within municipal and private ambulance services, fire departments, healthcare facilities, and industry.
Fire Science Technology
The Fire Science Technology program is designed to provide both in-service and pre-service students with sound technical and academic experiences, enabling them to assume positions of responsibility as members of fire departments or as technical employees of industrial firms and insurance companies. The program provides training in detecting and eliminating fire hazards and causes, through periodic inspections, remedial recommendations and systematic follow-ups.
Practical technical instruction is designed to meet the fire and life-safety needs, responsibilities and obligation of fire protection in engineering, building-design, plant-protection, fire-investigation and all other fields where a hazard may be involved.
The ultimate goal is to assist the student to develop the appropriate skills and knowledge for professional fire protection. Fire Science Technology courses are available at off campus locations around the state.
A one-year certificate option is available which can consist of either: A) 30 credits of technical classes or B) 15 credits of technical classes and 15 credits of selected academic subjects.
Graduates of the program have been employed as industrial fire-protection specialists, safety technicians, fire insurance inspectors, inspection bureau representatives, state fire inspectors and municipal fire department employees, many of whom have earned their degree while employed in their area of specialty.
Live-in Student Firefighter Program
Recommended Admissions Prerequisites
Continuing Your Education
Associate Degree graduates can transfer a full two years of credits toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Applied Technical Education or Applied Technical Leadership at the University of Southern Maine. They may also transfer two years of credits toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration at Husson College or two years of credits toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Public Administration at University of Maine at Augusta.
Fire Science Associate Degree graduates have also had success in transferring most credits toward Baccalaureate Degree programs in the Fire Science field.
Throughout the United States, there continues to be a demand for highly educated law enforcement professionals. Police work requires skills of a technical and academic nature, gained primarily through a college education and advanced in-service training. The Criminal Justice program offers a strong academic associate degree program and in-service training to students and law enforcement practitioners alike. The Criminal Justice program"s faculty are former and active police professionals with both line and administrative experience. The faculty is involved in law enforcement education on the state and local level and often serve on Criminal Justice Boards and Commissions and act as consultants to the law enforcement community.
The Criminal Justice program awards an Associate Degree of Applied Science. The curriculum includes general education courses, such as math, science, English and social sciences, coupled with the law enforcement courses. For the adventurous student, a trip to London or Ireland, to study the English police system, is offered in the spring semester. A senior internship is also available to students with a 3.2 GPA. The Criminal Justice Internship is a one-semester course that gives the student the opportunity to experience being an active part of a law enforcement agency.
A prerequisite to becoming an intern is that the student be a senior and have a GPA of 3.2 or better. The curriculum, developed over twenty years, provides the student with as complete a law enforcement education as is available in the Northeast.
Local, state and federal agencies provide employment opportunities, as do business and industry. Private security, corporate and industrial security, and insurance and private investigation have employed large numbers of college graduates.
The Criminal Justice program offers a full-time day program as well as evening and off-campus courses throughout southern Maine.
Recommended Admissions Prerequisites
Continuing Your Education
SMCC is in the process of completing a "2+2" articulation agreement with the University of Southern Maine"s Baccalaureate Degree program in Criminology. Associate Degree graduates can also transfer a full two years of credits toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Applied Technical Education or Applied Technical Leadership at the University of Southern Maine. They may also transfer two years of credits toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration at Husson College or a Baccalaureate Degree in Criminal Justice at St. Joseph"s, Northeastern or the University of New Haven. Our credits are also accepted at most other colleges and universities around the nation.
Emergency Medical Services (Paramedicine)
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
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
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