Important Information for Students Applying to Our Health Science Programs

The Health Sciences Division at Southern Maine Community College offers health education programs that generate a great deal of interest. Because of this, you may be accepted into a program for a future semester. Many of the programs require the completion of courses (prerequisites) as part of the acceptance process – every Health Science program is listed below and outlines the expectations for admissions. Our goal at SMCC is to work with you and provide access to the education you desire as quickly as possible. Please review the information below to assist you through the application and enrollment process.

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Health Science Admissions Process

To be accepted into a Health Science program at SMCC you need to:

  • Be a high school, GED or Adult Diploma graduate prior to taking courses.
  • Apply to your program of interest. To apply now, visit our Apply webpage.
  • Take the Accuplacer exam in reading, writing, arithmetic and algebra unless otherwise exempt. (To see if you are exempt from the Accuplacer, visit our Apply webpage.)
  • Be accepted to the College in either a General Studies/Pre-program (i.e. General Studies/Pre-Nursing) or directly into your program of study.
  • Attend a mandatory information session – if required by your program(s) of interest.
    • This will ensure the program you apply to is the right choice for you.
    • Dates and times are listed below for individual programs.
  • Complete the prerequisite courses specific to your preferred program (if required).
    • Students applying to the following programs have additional course requirements for acceptance (see additional program requirements below).
      • Cardiovascular Technology
      • Nursing
      • Emergency Medical Services/Paramedicine
      • Radiography
      • Respiratory Therapy
    • As you complete each of the requirements and prerequisites, you will need to submit proof of completion to the Admissions Office.
    • When all prerequisites and requirements for admission are complete, you will be notified that you have been accepted into your program of choice and receive your start date.
    • Please note: Because of the high level of interest in the Health Science programs, your start date may be one or more semesters in the future.
  • Complete all major-required courses (CARD, DIET, EMSP, MDAS, NURS, RADG, RESP) as noted by individual programs
    • Please note: While you are waiting to enter your formal program we encourage you to enroll and take any non-major courses that may go towards your degree.

Once Accepted

Students accepted into Cardiovascular Technology, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Paramedicine, Radiography, or Respiratory Therapy programs are required to complete a criminal background screening and track immunizations annually – completion of this requirement should take place two months before taking any clinical course. Contact your advisor if you have questions about American Data Bank requirements. Students who are within two months of their first clinical course should complete their criminal background screening and complete their immunization tracking requirements by visiting the American Data Bank website.

Cardiovascular Technology Details & Requirements

We are currently accepting qualified applicants for Fall 2018.

Cardiovascular Technology Prerequisites

  • Attend a mandatory walk-in information session:
    • Health Science Center, Room 114 at the South Portland Campus
      • May 18 at 5 p.m.

We highly recommend that you attend an information session before applying to ensure this program is the right fit for you. If you are a high school student we encourage you to bring a parent or guardian with you.

  • C (not C-) or better in:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
    • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
    • Chemistry I with lab
    • College Algebra
    • English Composition

Nutrition and Dietetics Details & Requirements

We are currently accepting qualified applicants for Fall 2017. This program has no additional requirements.

Health Sciences Details & Requirements

We are currently accepting qualified applicants for Fall 2017. This program has no additional requirements.

  • Attend an optional information session:
    • Check back in early 2017 for Spring Semester Information Sessions.

Medical Assisting Details & Requirements

We are currently accepting qualified applicants for Fall 2017. This program has no additional requirements.

Nursing Details & Requirements

We are currently accepting qualified applicants for Fall 2018.

Nursing Prerequisites

  • Attend a mandatory walk-in information session:
    • Jewett Hall Auditorium at the South Portland Campus
      • May 9 at 1:30 p.m.
      • June 6 at 5 p.m.

We highly recommend that you attend an information session before applying to ensure this program is the right fit for you. If you are a high school student we encourage you to bring a parent or guardian with you.

  • A high school diploma or GED/HiSET/High School Equivalency Diploma
  • A B- (2.75) or better in:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
    • English Composition
    • Dosage Calculations
  • The following nursing entrance test scores for the National League for Nursing Pre-Admissions Exam (PAX) for the Nurse (RN) Program:
    • Composite score in the 64th percentile or above
    • Verbal score in the 50th percentile or above
    • Math score in the 50th percentile or above
    • Science in the 50th percentile or above

About the PAX

  • To find more information about the PAX and to register, visit the National League for Nursing (NLN) website.
  • We highly encourage you to prepare for the exam, as the test may only be repeated twice for a total of three tests. You will need to wait 3 months each time you need to retake your test.
  • A study guide, called the National League for Nursing (NLN) Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam, Third Edition (ISBN: 0763762717), is useful in preparing for the exam. Visit the NLN website or Amazon to purchase this study guide.
  • Once you’ve taken the PAX, you will need to submit your scores to the Admissions Office.

If you are:

An LPN Upgrade student, you need to meet all of the requirements above as well as provide a copy of your license and transcripts from your LPN program. From here, you will be approved to register for transition to the Associate Degree in Nursing (AND) Role (NURS 110) with permission from the Nursing Department Chair. Upon successful completion of all the requirements, LPN Upgrade students are accepted into the Nursing program and begin in Nursing 2 (NURS 175).

A transfer nursing applicant, you must meet all of the above requirements and submit a letter of reference from the chair of your former Nursing program. Clinical nursing credits will need to be approved by the chair of the SMCC nursing program, and need to be less than one year old.

You may enroll in these courses at SMCC or transfer them from another accredited institution. You need to receive a grade of C or higher (not C-) in all classes.

Paramedicine Details & Requirements

We are currently accepting qualified applicants for Fall 2017.

Paramedicine Prerequisites

Paramedicine now requires mandatory information sessions:

  • Emergency Training Center, Room 001 at the South Portland Campus
    • May 23 at 9:00 a.m.
  • State EMT license or National Registry
  • Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab with a grade of C or higher
  • College Algebra with a grade of C or higher
  • English Composition with a grade of C or higher

Radiography Details & Requirements

We are currently accepting qualified applicants for Fall 2017

Radiography Prerequisites

  • Attend a mandatory walk-in information session:
    • Health Science Center, Room 113 at the South Portland Campus
      • April 26 at 5 p.m.
    • Jewett Hall Auditorium at the South Portland Campus
      • May 24 at 5 p.m.
  • College-level Math and English
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (with a grade of B- or higher)
  • The following Radiography entrance test scores for the National League for Nursing Pre-Admissions Exam (PAX) for the Nurse (RN) Program:
    • Composite score in the 64th percentile or above
    • Verbal score in the 50th percentile or above
    • Math score in the 50th percentile or above
    • Science score in the 50th percentile or above

Download a letter from the department chair of Radiography that discusses additional information about applying to the radiography program

About the PAX

  • To find more information about the PAX and to register, visit the National League for Nursing (NLN) website.
  • We highly encourage you to prepare for the exam, as the test may only be repeated twice for a total of three tests. You will need to wait 3 months each time you need to retake your test.
  • A study guide, called the National League for Nursing (NLN) Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam, Third Edition (ISBN: 0763762717), is useful in preparing for the exam. Visit the NLN website or Amazon to purchase this study guide.
  • Once you’ve taken the PAX, you will need to submit your scores to the Admissions Office.

Respiratory Therapy Details & Requirements

We are currently accepting qualified applicants for Fall 2017

Respiratory Therapy Prerequisites

  • Attend a mandatory walk-in information session:
    • Health Science Center, Room 217 at the South Portland Campus
      • May 22 at 5 p.m.
  • Placement into college-level English. This means you need high enough Accuplacer test scores or exemptions to place you in these courses.

A C (not C-) or better in:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
  • Chemistry I with lab
  • College Algebra