What is Health Science Technology?
The medical field is one of the most rewarding fields that one can choose to enter. Our Health Science Technology (HST) program is designed to prepare students for entry-level career opportunities in the field of healthcare and health-related services. The program is structured for those students who seek entry-level jobs, as well as for the currently employed individual wishing to broaden skills for career enhancement. Graduates will possess marketable skills sets for direct care services as well as the foundation needed to understand current health care delivery.
- The HST program requires the completion of a minimum of three certificates within the health care field, which may be earned while completing the academic courses required. These certificates will afford the student an opportunity to seek employment within the health care field while completing the HST degree. The certificates, which are chosen by the student from HCC’s allied health division programs based on personal interest, serve as career choice enhancements that may lead to entrance in a specific field of study, or given the student flexibility in choosing varying health care institutions in which to work.
- The HST provides a smooth transition or career pathway to an Allied Health or nursing selective admission program once a student is accepted. A grade of “C” or better is required in each biological science and quantitative reasoning course.
- Application and acceptance into a selective admissions program are separate processes from the HST program.
- Prior to clinical attendance in any course students are required to provide documentation of required immunizations, background check and drug screens as a requirement for clinical agencies.
What are my career choices?
Medical careers are very portable. Jobs may be found throughout the country. You can work in places like doctor's offices, assisted living/retirement facilities, clinics, the health department, hospitals, laboratories, or pharmacies. Students can come out of the program employable, or choose to complete additional education at the bachelor or masters level, where more focused opportunities will become available.
- Employment outlook for 2014 to 2024, much faster than average for all occupations as is projected to grow by 26.2 percent.
- Other areas of employment include the administration/billing areas of hospitals, urgent care clinics, insurance providers, labs, chiropractors, long term care residences, and most facilities delivering health care services.
- Local employers who have hired graduates with this degree include Henderson Methodist Hospital, local doctors' offices in Henderson, Evansville and Owensboro, as well as other local medical facilities.
Various faculty from the Allied Health Division teach in the program depending on certificate selection by the student.
Graduates can seek four-year degrees in Health Sciences from WKU, NKU and Indiana State University as well as other four year institutions.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
Associate in Applied Science Health Science Technology
Other certificates include the following:
Aging Service, Electrocardiograph Technician, KMA Kentucky Medication Aide, MOAA Medical Office Administrative Assistant, Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding, Physician's Office Laboratory, Phlebotomy Options, Psychiatric Mental Health Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Recovery Coach.
- Associate in Applied Science in Health Science Technology-Current Curriculum-(XLS)
- Health Science Technology Certificates-Current Curriculum--(XLS)
What classes do I have to take?
The HST program includes a general education core (25-29 credits) and technical core (29-30 credits). The following requirements for completion of the program are:
- Digital literacy requirement.
- Complete an anatomy and physiology course (BIO 135 or the two semester sequence of BIO 137 and 139) with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Complete an approved math course (MAT 110 or MAT 150 or higher) with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Finish all program courses with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
To see a complete course listing for each credential use the KCTCS Course Catalog.
Where do I start?
Apply for admission to HCC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or COMPASS exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.