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.
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 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.
Where can I work?
With the Health Science Technology degree, individuals may be employed in a wide range of healthcare facilities, as well as, other industries such as:
- Doctors' offices
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Outpatient Care Centers
- Health Departments
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
Associate in Applied Science Health Science Technology
Certificates (Students are required to complete a minimum of 3 certificates to satisfy the HST degree requirements)
- Certificate options include, but not limited to:
- Medicaid Nurse Aid
- Medical Massage Therapy
- Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Medical Information Technology Certificates
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.
- A minimum of 3 accepted certifications
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.