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Health Science Technology Requirements


  • AHS 115 Medical Terminology
  • *BIO 135 Basic Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory (or BIO 137**)
  • CPR 100 CPR for Healthcare Professionals
  • Digital Literacy - CIT 105 Introduction to Computers or OST 105 Introduction to Office Systems (or Competency demonstrated by exam)
  • ENG 101 Writing I
  • Heritage/Humanities General Education course
  • MAT 110 Applied Mathematics (or higher-level Quantitative Reasoning course) (rec. MAT 146 or higher, many programs require MAT 151)
  • Oral Communication General Education course (rec. COM 181 Basic Public Speaking or COM 252 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications)
  • PSY 110 General Psychology
  • Social/Behavioral Science General Education course (rec. Non-PSY course)

Recommended Technical Courses

Must complete three (3) certificates at KCTCS before taking extra technical elective options

Additional technical course options, but not limited to, if student needs additional credit hours to complete 60 credit hour requirement for degree or 35 credit hour requirement in technical courses:


  • ANT 160 Cultural Diversity in the Modern World
  • BAS 288 Personal & Organizational Leadership
  • *BIO 139 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • *BIO 225 Medical Microbiology
  • ENG 102 Writing II
  • PHI 110 Medical Ethics
  • PSY 223 Development Psychology
  • PSY 230 Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying
  • *STA 251 Applied Statistics
  • SWK 275 The Family


  • * A grade of C or greater is required in each biological science, quantitative reasoning (mathematics) course. In addition, students must adhere to the grading requirements for each certificate they select for completion.
  • ** Students completing BIO 137 should complete BIO 139 as part of their HST technical coursework.
  • The Health Professions certificate programs may require a criminal background check and drug screen with the approved vendor, annual physical examination, proof of vaccinations/titers (Hep B, Tdap, MMR, Varicella, Covid-19, Seasonal Flu), and annual tuberculosis screening. The expense for all medical and documentation needs will be the responsibility of the student. More information will be discussed with the Program Coordinator responsible for the certificate of interest at the required time for completion. 
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college.
  • SEE CERTIFICATE OPTIONS: Emergency Medical Technician; Health Information Technology Coding; Human Services Direct Support Work; Human Services Recovery Coach; Kentucky Medication Aide; Massage Therapy; Nurse Assistant; Phlebotomist; Release of Data Information Specialist (must complete three (3) certificates, combined credit cannot exceed 35)

Certificate Options

Emergency Medical Technician – 6 credit hours

  • EMS 105 Emergency Medical Technician

Health Information Technology Coding – 24 additional credit hours

  • HIT 100 Introduction to Health Information Technology
  • HIT 105 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for Health Info Professionals
  • HIT 109 Clinical Classification Systems I
  • HIT 110 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information
  • HIT 112 Reimbursement Methodologies
  • HIT 202 Clinical Classification Systems II
  • HIT 207 Clinical Classification Systems III
  • HIT 215 Clinical Practicum I

Human Services Direct Support Work – 12 additional credit hours

  • HMS 102 Values of Human Services in a Contemporary Society
  • HMS 265 Working with Disabilities in Human Services
  • NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skilld (also counts as another certificate option)
  • PSY 230 Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying
  • SWK 275 The Family

Human Services Recovery Coach – 24 additional credit hours

  • HMS 101 Human Services Survey
  • HMS 102 Values of Human Services in a Contemporary Society
  • HMS 103 Theories and Techniques in Human Services
  • HMS 104 Group Dynamics for Human Services
  • HMS 210 Drugs, Society and Human Behavior
  • HMS 211 Introduction to Addictions
  • HMS 212 Crisis Intervention
  • SWK 275 The Family

Kentucky Medication Aide – 5 additional credit hours

  • KMA 100 Kentucky Medication Aide (6 months Nurse Aide experience required)

Massage Therapy – 26 additional credit hours

  • MSG 100 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology I
  • MSG 110 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MSG 126 Medical Massage Techniques I
  • MSG 127 Medical Massage Lab I
  • MSG 136 Medical Massage Techniques II
  • MSG 137 Medical Massage Lab II
  • MSG 220 Massage Therapy Pathology
  • MSG 232 Advanced Clinical Massage I
  • MSG 234 Advanced Clinical Massage II
  • MSG 286 Massage Therapy Student Clinic

Nurse Assistant - 3 credit hours

  • NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skills I

Phlebotomist – 8  credit hours

  • PHB 100 Phlebotomy
  • PHB 155 Phlebotomy Clinical

Release of Data Information Specialist - 5 additional credit hours

  • HIT 100 Introduction to Health Information Technology
  • HIT 110 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information

Updated 5/10/22

S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Pre-requisite Courses and Certifications

  • BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (course expires 5 years from course completion and must be current by start of NSG 101) 
  • CPR 100 CPR for Healthcare Professionals
  • MAT 151 Intro to Applied Statistics (or higher level Quantitative Reasoning course)
  • NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skills I
  • PSY 110 General Psychology

Other Admission Requirements Prior to Applying to the Nursing Program:

  • A grade of C or greater in all pre-requisite and co-requisite courses
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or above (on a 4.0 scale) in all pre-requisite and co-requisite courses
  • Completion of the NLN RN Pre-admission Exam (NLN PAX)
  • Action status on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry (must remain active until successful completion of NSG 101)
  • Current qualified CPR certification – BLS (Basic Life Support) for the Healthcare Provider through an approved vendor. 

The Nursing program at Gateway is competitive and selective, meaning you are initially considered a "Pre-Nursing" student. Your major will be listed as Health Science Technology (HST) until you are accepted into the Nursing program where you will have Nursing listed as your major. The benefit is you have the option to complete a certificate of interest while you wait for acceptance into the Nursing program, (i.e., Phlebotomist).

Once you have completed the pre-requisites and met the requirements listed above, you are able to submit an application for acceptance to the Nursing program. Students are REQUIRED to attend the Ready-to-Apply Conference, more details will be announced during each application period. 

If all admission requirements are met by October 15, you can apply during the fall semester (October) to start the Nursing program for the upcoming spring cohort. If you meet your requirements by May 15, you can apply in spring (May) to start the program for the upcoming fall cohort.

Applicants will be ranked on a point system based on:

  • GPA in Nursing pre-requisite and co-requisite courses
  • Grades in BIO137 and MAT151 (or higher level Quantitative Reasoning) courses
  • Score on the NLN RN PAX Pre-Admission exam

Points will be deducted for an unsuccessful attempt (failure or withdrawal) in BIO 137 and the Quantitative Reasoning course. Additional points can be earned for holding a prior degree or completing all co-requisite classes. 

Anatomy and Physiology courses expire 5 years from course completion date and must be current by the start of NSG 101.


  • BIO 139 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (course expires 5 years from course completion and must be current by start of NSG 101)
  • BIO 225 Medical Microbiology
  • ENG 101 Writing I
  • Heritage or Humanities course (rec. PHI 110 Medical Ethics)
  • NSG 101 Nursing Practice I
  • NSG 211 Maternal Newborn Nursing
  • NSG 212 Behavioral Health Nursing
  • NSG 213 Pediatric Nursing
  • NSH 219 Medical Surgical Nursing I
  • NSG 229 Medical/Surgical Nursing II
  • NSG 239 Medical Surgical Nursing III


  • NSG Courses cannot be enrolled in until a student has been formally accepted into the nursing program. Co-requisite courses can be taken before or after acceptance into the nursing program, but no later than their corresponding NSG courses.
  • The nursing curriculum courses correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies. Transportation to the community agencies is the responsibility of each student.
  • Progression in the program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of C or greater in all pre-requisite, co-requisite and nursing curriculum courses and maintenance of a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Kentucky Board of Nursing may deny admission to the NCLEX-RN exam if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony which involves acts that bear directly on the qualifications to practice nursing.
  • If intending to transfer to a KY public university for a BSN, the following additional courses may be taken for General Education certification: ENG 102 Writing II, PSY 223 Developmental Psychology, and/or non-PSY Social Behavior course (i.e, SOC 101), Oral Communication course, a Heritage or Humanities course depending upon whether the student completed Heritage or Humanities for the AAS degree, an additional Quantitative Reasoning course (rec. STA251 Applied Statistics).
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college.

Updated 5/5/22

S.M.A.R.T. Plan