Before You Apply

Before You Apply

Before applying to Eastern Maine Community College Please explore the subject buttons above to discover more about what you want to get out of your higher education and how we can help you get there. You should also schedule a tour to come visit our campus and see what we have to offer! Click Here to schedule your tour!

ACT & SAT Testing Information

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ACT Prep Guide

SAT Prep Guide

Career Search

MCP Career Assessment
Career planning is one of the most important steps you can do to assure your academic success.  To assist you in career planning, we offer this web-based self guided, interactive program.  Using this tool, you are guided through a self assessment of interests, values, personality, and skills.  Once you have completed the self-assessment, MCP analyzes your strengths and attributes matching them to potential career fields. There is an extensive occupation database which includes detailed information on 1,200+ different careers. MCP Career Assessment can help you make more realistic and informed choices about your college major and ultimate career path. Your access code is emstudent.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
For hundreds of different types of jobs— the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education needed; earnings; expected job prospects; what workers do on the job; and working conditions.  In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.

Choosing A Major

A major is a field of academic inquiry; a subject considered in depth. Making the decision of which major to pursue can be overwhelming indeed. Here are some things to consider when narrowing your choices of major:

Majors and Careers

  • Colleges prepare students for careers, taking a variety of possibilities into account.
  • Most majors offer graduates numerous job opportunities.
  • Technical fields are math and science intensive.
  • Fulfilling careers are a result of personal interest and possessing the skills needed to exceed position requirements.
  • Always be on the lookout for professional development.
  • Once you attain a degree, you may still be expected to continue your education. Even if you are not, furthering your education is highly recommended to remain competitive and marketable.

Explore your options

  • Locate and read information on different majors, admission requirements, and graduation requirements.
  • Make an appointment to meet with your high school guidance counselor or a college admissions counselor.
  • Attend various information sessions.
  • Job shadow someone who is currently working in the career you are considering.

Choose a Major that will be fulfilling and interesting to you

  • Take into consideration your strengths as well as your weaknesses.
  • Be realistic but don’t sell yourself short.
  • Combine your interests and your skills.
  • Although financial security is very important, money should not be the only factor when choosing a major that will lead you to a career.
  • If you are not satisfied, you will likely end up changing your major or your career.

Financial Security

  • There is data to substantiate to relationship between educational levels and lifetime earnings.
  • Choose a career path that best fits your situation, not the current job market.
  • Many careers now require 2-4 year degrees and the number of positions requiring post-secondary education is dramatically on the rise.
  • Consider where you would like to live. The career you choose may be different depending on whether you plan to live in Aroostook County, Maine; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; or the west coast.

Undecided Major

Still can’t decide what major to study? Each of the seven community colleges in Maine, including Eastern Maine Community College, offer an Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies Program. This program provides an excellent opportunity to get started on your post-secondary education by taking general education courses. In addition, it may offer you the avenue to boost your skills in reading, writing, arithmetic, and algebra by enrolling in developmental courses to prepare you for your desired program of interest. Courses may transfer to other EMCC programs or to other colleges. See an admissions counselor for details.

Check out the AdvantageU Program for Liberal Studies students who wish to continue in a four-year degree program at one of Maine’s universities. Visit the AdvantageU website for details.

Eastern Maine Community College has over 30 programs of study in various career fields. We encourage you to explore this website for information regarding the programs we offer, admission requirements, curriculum length, estimate of tuition, and employment opportunities upon graduation. If you still have questions or would like to see the facility, feel free to call the Admissions Office at 207-974-4680 or email to make an appointment to speak with a counselor or for a campus tour.

Programs & Prerequisites

The EMCC program-specific prerequisites follow:


= Associate in Arts
AAS = Associate in Applied Science
AS = Associate in Science
CRT = Certificate
R = Required
D = Desired*
































Automotive Technology AAS R D D D or D1
Automotive Technology CRT R
Building Construction AS R R R R or R1
Building Construction AAS R D D D or D1
Building Construction CRT R
Business Management2  AAS R
Career Studies AAS R
Computer Repair Technology CRT R D
Culinary Arts AAS R R R or R or R1
Culinary Arts CRT R D D or D or D1
Diesel, Truck & Heavy Equipment AAS R D D D or D1
Diesel, Truck & Heavy Equipment CRT R
Early Childhood Education AAS R
Early Childhood Education CRT R
Education AAS R
Electrical & Automation Technology   AAS R R R R or R1
Electricians Technology CRT R
Emergency Medical Services AAS R R     or     R
Emergency Medical Services CRT R R     or     R
Fine Woodworking & Cabinet Making AAS R
Health Care Secretary   CRT R
Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt AAS R
Liberal Studies AA R
Medical Assistant AAS R R
Medical Radiography AS R R R R R or R1
Medical Office Technology AAS R
Nursing AS R R R R
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning AAS R D D D or D1
Restaurant & Foods Service Mgmt AAS R
Surgical Technology AAS R R     or     R
Trade & Technical Occupations AAS R D D
Welding AAS R D D D or D1
Welding CRT R D


It is strongly recommended that students take physics with lab as a prerequisite for admission in the mechanical, building, electrical, and Medical Radiography programs.* Desired: This course is not necessary for admission but is of significant value in the intended program of study. All applicants are expected to have successfully completed at least one year of math and one year of science in high school. The chart is intended for use as a guideline for students when choosing an appropriate curriculum. The Director of Admissions urges interested applicants who do not meet these requirements to call and discuss alternatives.

  1. English Composition and keyboarding (must be at a rate of 25 words per minute on a 3 minute timing with 3 or fewer errors) for Health Care Secretary, Medical Transcription, Office Administration, and Office Technology required.
  2. Four (4) years relevant work experience required.
  3. Prerequisites outlined for program also apply to program upgrade.
  4. Students must be familiar with Microsoft Office, e-mail, and the Internet.
  • Alg I = High School Equivalent Algebra I
  • Alg 2 = High School Equivalent Algebra II
  • Geom = High School Equivalent Geometry
  • Trig = High School Equivalent Trigonometry
  • Bio/Lab = High School Equivalent Biology with Lab
  • Physics = High School Equivalent Physics
  • Che/Lab = High School Equivalent Chemistry with Lab
  • A&P Lab = College-Level Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab