Career Pathways

Healthcare & Human Services Career Pathway

The Maine Direct Service Worker Training Program Career Pathway is designed to help visualize the various job titles available to individuals who are interested in working in the healthcare and human service fields in the State of Maine.  This Career Pathway can help inform, recruit and show individuals about the entry-level positions in the direct care service field and how these different jobs interconnect with one another. Click on any position on the two lower “rungs” of the Pathway (non-certificate and certificate positions) to find out more information on training pre-requisites, training requirements, and populations served. For more information on the positions that require a degree, please visit the Maine Department of Education website to learn more about the University of Maine System and Maine Community Colleges:



Healthcare  Services


Human Services




MSN Nursing


MSW Social Worker


MOT Occupational Therapist

Clinical Counselor


MPT / MSPT Physical Therapist

Rehabilitation Counselor









BS Nursing


BSW Social Worker


BS Occupational Therapist


 BS Physical Therapist 


Community Health Nurse










AS Nursing


AS Social/Human Service Assistant


Medical Assistant


 AS Occupational Therapy Assistant 
 AS Physical Therapy Assistant 


Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)


 Licensed practical Nursing (LPN)  









Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)


Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT-C)


Certified Nursing Assistant – Medication (CNA-M)

Certified Intentional Peer Support (CIPSS)

Home Health Aide


Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA)

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT-1)

Personal Support Specialist (PSS)

Family Provider Service Option Attendant (FPSO)




Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)










Consumer-Directed Personal Attendant (CDPA)

Homemaker – Individual Support Specialist (ISS)




Occupational Therapy Aide




Physical Therapy Aide





Community Health Worker

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Aide (ADCA)