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Health Science Technology Curriculum Guide

The information contained within this curriculum guide is the official Health Science Technology Policies and Procedures effective for the academic year 2018-2019. It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes.

General Overview:

The 60 – 68 credit hour Health Science Technology Program (HST) is intended to prepare students for entry-level career opportunities in the field of healthcare and health-related services. The program is designed for 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. 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.

Contact Information:

Academic Program Coordinator:

Division Office Assistant:

Admission Policies and Procedures:

  1. College Admission
    • The student must first apply to the college. All applications must be submitted online.
    • To apply online, use the college website On the home page, select “Start your Application”. Follow the instructions as prompted.
    • If you need assistance with your application, visit the Front Desk at the Jefferson Education Center (Building F), located at 200 W Broadway, 1st floor, Louisville, KY 40202.
  2. Program Admission
    • The Health Science Technology Program is not a selective admission program, although specific course prerequisites may apply depending on technical courses selected.
  3. Program Requirements
    1. Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing:
      • Courses with a clinical component within their major must submit to a criminal background check and drug screening. This is to ensure a safe clinical environment for both students and the public to meet the contractual requirements of area healthcare facilities.
      • The cost of background checks and drug testing is the responsibility of each student. The student will receive the designated facility and time to report for screening once a request for the screening has been purchased by the student via Screenings completed via another provider will not be accepted.
      • The Division Chairperson of Allied Heath will review, on a case-by-case basis, a situation in which a student does not have a satisfactory background check or drug test.
      • Drug screening may be required of a student at any time throughout the course of study if there is reasonable suspicion on the part of the program faculty that the student may be using a controlled substance not prescribed by a health care provider. Cost of additional screenings is the responsibility of the student. Positive findings on a drug screen or refusal to submit to a requested drug screen will result in immediate administrative withdrawal of the student from the program.
    2. Financial Information/Expenses:
      • Direct specific questions concerning financial assistance to the Downtown Campus Financial Aid Office located on the fourth floor of the Jefferson Education Center or call (855) 2GO-JCTC or email 
  4. Curriculum
Class Number Class Name Credit Hour
  General Education:  
MAT 150 College Algebra OR MAT 110-Applied Mathematics (3) 3
ENG 101 Writing I*  
BIO 135 Basic Human Anatomy OR BIO 137-Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND BIO 139 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) 4
PSY 110 General Psychology 3
  Social / Behavioral Sciences 3
  Heritage / Humanities 3
  Oral Communication 3
  Subtotal 25-29
  Technical Core  
CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin OR AHS 115-Medical Terminology (3) OR OST 103-Medical Office Terminology (3) 3
NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skills I 3
  Digital Literacy # 0-3
  Health Science Technical Courses** 29-30
  Subtotal: 35-39
  Total 60-68
  • # Digital Literacy must be demonstrated by computer exam or successfully completing a digital literacy course.
  • *** Health Science Technical Course selection must result in final attainment of a minimum of three (3) certificate credentials.

Students may be able to earn certificates that are already present in other curricula, including but not limited to:

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Advanced Nursing Assistant
  • Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician I
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Office Radiology

A student may take the following courses to meet the required 60 credit hours needed for the Health Science Technology degree:

Course  Course Course Course Course
AHS 100 BIO 137 EFM 100 HST 122 PHY 172
AHS 105 BIO 139 HST 101 HST 123 PLW 130
AHS 115 BIO 225 HST 102 NAA 102 PLW 135
AHS 201 CIT 105 HST 103 OST 110 PLW 140
AHS 203 COM 181 HST 104 PHY 152 TEC 200
BAS 120 COM 252 HST 121 PHY 171 WPP 200

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or handicap in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973