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Health Science Technology Requirements


  • AHS 115 Medical Terminology
  • BIO 135 Basic Anatomy and Physiology with lab (or BIO 137 and BIO 139)
  • Digital Literacy - CIT 105 Introduction to Computers or OST 105 Introduction to Office Systems (or Competency demonstrated by exam)
  • ENG 101 Writing I
  • FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success
  • ** Health Science Technical Courses (towards certificate #2)
  • ** Health Science Technical Courses (towards certificate #2)
  • ** Health Science Technical Courses (as needed to complete degree requirements)
  • Heritage/Humanities
  • MAT 110 Applied Mathematics (or higher level Quantitative Reasoning course)
  • NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skills I (certificate #1)
  • Oral Communication (rec. COM 181 Basic Public Speaking or COM 252 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications)
  • PSY 110 General Psychology
  • Social/Behavioral Science


  • A grade of C or greater is required in each biological science, quantitative reasoning (mathematics), and the nurse assistant (NAA 100) course. In addition, students must adhere to the grading requirements for each certificate they select 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.
  • ** Health Science Technical Course selection must result in final attainment of a minimum of three KCTCS certificate credentials. Additional Course Options for technical courses, if needed to complete 60 credit hour requirement for degree: BAS 288, BIO 137, BIO 139, BIO 225, CPR 100, ENG 102, HST 102, MAI 170, PHI 110, PSY 223, PSY 230, STA 251, SWK 275
  • SEE CERTIFICATE OPTIONS: Emergency Medical Technician; Health Information Technology Coding; Human Services Direct Support Work; Human Services Recovery Coach; Kentucky Medication Aide; Massage Therapy; Phlebotomist; Release of Data Information Specialist (must complete two additional certificates, combined credit cannot exceed 30)

Certificate Options

Emergency Medical Technician – 6 additional credits

  • EMS 105 Emergency Medical Technician

Health Information Technology Coding – 24 additional credits

  • 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 credits

  • HMS 102 Values of Human Services in a Contemporary Society
  • HMS 265 Working with Disabilities in Human Services
  • PSY 230 Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying
  • SWK 275 The Family

Human Services Recovery Coach – 24 additional credits

  • 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 credits

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

Massage Therapy – 26 additional credits

  • MSG 117 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology I
  • MSG 119 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MSG 132 Massage Techniques I
  • MSG 134 Massage Techniques II
  • MSG 220 Massage Therapy Pathology
  • MSG 232 Advanced Clinical Massage I
  • MSG 234 Advanced Clinical Massage II
  • MSG 286 Massage Therapy Student Clinic

Phlebotomist – 8 additional credits

  • PHB 100 Phlebotomy
  • PHB 155 Phlebotomy Clinical

Release of Data Information Specialist - 5 Additional Credits

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

Updated 6/2/20 

S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Pre-requisite Courses and Certifications

  • BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • 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

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. However, you have the option to complete an Associate Degree in the HST program should you be unsuccessful in gaining acceptance to the Nursing program. 

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.

If all your requirements are met by August 1, you can apply during the fall semester to start the Nursing program in the spring semester. If you meet your requirements by the end of the spring semester, you can apply in May to start the program in the fall semester.

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 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
  • 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.
  • A criminal background check, drug test, physical and certain immunizations are required for enrollment in and participation in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The expense must be borne by the student.
  • 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, 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 7/21/20

S.M.A.R.T. Plan