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.
Many of the general education and core courses are required for completion of varied professional health programs. These include diagnostic medical sonography, medical assisting, nursing, physical therapy assistant, radiography, respiratory care, and surgical technology. The HST provides a smooth transition or career pathway to an Allied Health or nursing selective admission program once a student is accepted.
The Associate Degree in Applied Science Health Science Technology (HST) provides education for those wishing to enter into the medical field. Students awaiting admission to a selective admission program (clinical laboratory technician, diagnostic medical sonography, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiography, respiratory care, and surgical technology) will be placed in the HST option.
Associate in Applied Science Health Science Technology
This program can be completed in four (4) semesters. The Health Science Technology program consists of 60-63 total credit hours.
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.
Medical careers are very portable. Jobs may be found throughout the country. You can work in places like doctor's offices, assisted living 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 master’s level, where more focused opportunities will become available. According to the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2018, average annual wages for health science technology professionals range from $22,400 to $27,500.
Admission to certificate courses (nursing, phlebotomy, pharmacy) requires students to meet the minimum requirement for enrollment.