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MMA Counseling ServicesCounseling services offer students a range of services which includes individual counseling, substance abuse education/ counseling, crisis intervention, and community referrals when appropriate. Consultation to faculty, staff, and students is also available.

Some of the reasons students typically come in for counseling include:

  • Relationship difficulty
  • Loneliness
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Eating/ sleeping problems
  • Feeling stressed out and overwhelmed
  • Concerns about use of alcohol or drugs
  • Anger management issues
  • Time management issues

Services are completely confidential and provided at no cost to the student

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Office Information

Location: Health Services Suite located on the first floor of Curtis Hall and most easily accessed through Door B from the courtyard.

Staff: Paul Ferreira, MSW, LCSW

Phone: (207) 326-2419 or Ext. 419

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Wednesday from 1 PM to 9 PM.

To make an appointment: By phone, Email or stop by the office. Walk-in time is available daily and posted at the Counseling Services office.

Mission Statement

Counseling services strives to enhance and promote the quality of life of Maine Maritime Academy students and aid in their retention. These services are facilitated through the provision of professional and timely treatment and referral for emotional, interpersonal and substance abuse related difficulties that may occur during their educational tenure at MMA.

Required Medical Documents

Below please find all the health forms that MUST be completed and returned to us by May 1, 2014.

ONLY MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report is Maine Maritime Academy’s official physical examination and medical information form, regardless of major. Please make copies of the forms for your records before you return the originals to Health Services.

**Failure to successfully submit the required records on time may result in your inability to register at MMA, participate in Orientation, or select certain majors. DO NOT rely on the requirements accepted by your high school or other college.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Services Department directly. We are happy to assist you.

Susan C. McDonald, RN
Director of Student Health Services
Phone: 207-326-2295
Fax: 207-326-2129
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Required Forms & Notices
Emergency Treatment of a Minor Permission Form (1 page)
Immunization Form (1 page)
Medical Evaluation & Physical Examination Forms (9 pages)
Personal Information Form (2 pages)
Privacy Practices Notice(1 page)

Health Insurance

Maine Maritime Academy requires all students to have medical insurance. Insurance through the school is available and mandatory if you are not covered by another plan. Visit the"Update My Insurance Information" link from our Campus Portal->About Me needs to be filled out before matriculation.

Maine Maritime Academy encourages all students to carry the basic health insurance plan offered by the Academy, through Cross Insurance. All matriculating students will be enrolled in the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan unless a waiver is completed on the Academy Sea Campus Portal by August 15 each year.

Enrollment in MMA's student medical insurance plan is continued throughout matriculation unless notice of a change is provided by making the change to your insurance information on the campus portal. The student and/or his/her family is responsible to keep MMA informed of any changes throughout enrollment.

The cost of MMA's student medical insurance plan is negotiated each year. Billing is done each year by MMA. Contact MMA's Director of Health Services at (207) 326-2295 to request a brochure outlining the benefits and costs or Click Here.

Physical Examination

Applicants for admission to Maine Maritime Academy are required to complete a physical examination for determination of their physical qualifications. Medical forms are sent to the student upon receipt of their application of admission. The examination should be conducted by the applicant's family physician. It is imperative that all items on the form be answered correctly. Submission of fraudulent information and/or documents is a severe misrepresentation and grounds for rejecting your application for admission to Maine Maritime Academy. The physical examination does not have to be completed before an admissions decision is made.

Applicants for a U.S. Coast Guard License

Students enrolling in the U.S. Coast Guard license programs must meet the requirements governing physical condition, citizenship, and prior presentation. License majors include:

  1. Marine Engineering Operations
  2. Marine Engineering Technology
  3. Marine Systems Engineering - Design/License program
  4. Marine Transportation Operations
  5. Small Vessel Operations

These requirements cannot be waived unless special permission is obtained from the appropriate federal office or agency. Except by special condition, applicants desiring a U.S.C.G. license must meet the following physical requirements:

Height: no limitation prescribed
Weight: proportional to height and age
Mate: Visual acuity must be correctable to at least 20/40 in each eye and uncorrected vision of at least 20/200*in each eye. The color sense must be determined to be satisfactory when tested by any of the following methods:
  • Pseudoisochromic Plates (Dvorine, 2nd edition: AOC revised edition or AOC-ERR: Ishihara 16-, 24-, or 36-plate editions).
  • Eldridge-Green Color Perception Lantern
  • Farnsworth Lantern
  • Keystone Orthoscope
  • Keystone Telebinocular
  • SAMCTT (School of Aviation Medicine Color Threshold Tester)
  • Titmus Optical Vision Tester
  • Williams Lantern
Engineer: Visual acuity must be correctable to at least 20/50 in each eye and uncorrected vision of at least 20/200* in each eye. Applicants need only to have the ability to distinguish the colors red, blue, yellow, and green.

* - A waiver will be required for those students seeking a USCG license whose vision is between 20/200 and 20/800. Questions concerning the waiver process should be directed to MMA's Director of Health Services at (207)326-2295.

General Health

Applicants for a license program must be free of any disease or constitutional defect that would compromise shipboard safety while at sea. Contact the director of health Services for clarification of special disorders that may disqualify a student from a license program.

NOTE: Applicants accepted into a USCG license program will be required to complete an exit physical examination on campus during the senior year prior to taking the USCG exam. Should this subsequent examination show physical deficiencies below the standards established for a USCG license, the student may not be allowed to sit for the exam and may be required to change his or her major to a non-license program.

Student Health & Counseling Services

Student HealthStudent Health and Counseling Services enhance the educational process by:

  • Modifying or removing health related barriers to learning,
  • Promoting optimal wellness,
  • Enabling individuals to make informed decisions about health related concerns, and
  • Empowering students to be self-directed and well informed consumers of health care.

Health & Counseling Services include:

  • Acute care
  • Referrals
  • Women's health clinic
  • Preventive care
  • Education
  • Immunization clinics
  • Personal counseling
  • Drug testing
  • Limited pharmacy
  • USCG license physical exams

The Health and Counseling Center is located on the main level of Curtis Hall, the student residence.

Hours of Operation:

    • Health Center
      • Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM during the academic year.
    • No appointments are necessary.
    • All questions regarding Maine Maritime Academy's Health Services should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , RN, BSN, Director of Health Services, (207) 326-2295.
  • Counseling Center
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM
    • Wednesday, 1 PM to 9 PM
  • Walk-in time is available daily and posted at the Counseling Services office.
  • Make an appointment by phone, email or stop by the office.
  • All questions regarding Counseling Services should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , MSW, LCSW, Counselor and Prevention Education Coordinator, (207) 326-2419.

Complete confidentiality is maintained.

General Information

    • There is no fee for students to see the doctor, nurse, or counselor at Health Services. There may be a fee charged to the student account for some supplies and medications that are provided to the students.
    • It is MMA policy to assist students with transportation for emergencies or medical and urgent care appointments if they are unable to arrange transportation themselves.
    • After hours and on weekends, emergency care can be initiated by calling dialing 911 or calling MMA Security Office (207)326-2479 or ext. 479.
  • Local ambulance service is available and healthcare providers are located in hospitals in Blue Hill (20 mi.), Ellsworth (30 mi.), and Bangor (40 mi.).
  • The college counselor provides professional personal counseling for students and serves as the Substance Abuse Prevention Education Coordinator. Services are free.
  • During the annual training cruise aboard the T.S. State of Maine, a physician and nurse are aboard.
  • Physical Examination and Immunization Forms


    • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , RN, BSN, Director of Health Services,
      (207) 326-2295 or ext. 295.

    • Dr. John Tyler, MD, Academy Physician is available Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 8:00 am -12:00 pm and Wed. from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, during the academic year. Appointments are recommended.
    • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , MSW, LCSW, Counselor and Prevention Education Coordinator, provides personal, crisis and substance abuse counseling and education.
      (207) 326-2419 or ext. 419
      MMA Counseling Center
  • 15% of students are Emergency Medical Technicians.

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