Program of Study

This degree completion program, offered by UTRGV, is designed for graduates of Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in the allied health and nursing fields. Students can take 16 of the courses toward the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Health Sciences Technology (B.A.T.-H.S.T.) degree online. 

The B.A.T.-H.S.T. degree requires the following:

  1. Completion of an A.A.S. degree, its prerequisites, or equivalent as approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at an accredited community college, technical college, or equivalent entity in most allied health and nursing fields
  2. Completion of the General Education Core requirements
  3. Completion of 42 hours of upper level courses which include 30 hours of the Bachelor of Applied Technology Health Sciences core and 12 hours of electives. These electives can be drawn from the H.S.T. offerings or any elective that is approved by the program advisor.

General Education Core

42 hours - some courses offered online*

Health Services Core

30 hours - offered online

Health Services Electives

12 hours - offered online

Technical Hours From AAS

36 hours

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

120 hours

2019-2020 Bachelor of Applied Technology Health Services Technology Roadmap

*Online general education courses are offered by The UT Online Consortium. Check with the program advisor prior to registering for any of these courses to ensure they apply toward the program.

This degree does not prepare practitioners for professional certification in a new field. It is designed to build on a career developed at the A.A.S. level by adding skills in leadership and management, or teaching in secondary and post-secondary education. Flexibility in course selection allows students to design a meaningful degree plan that will accomplish their career enhancement goals.


 New: Health Services Technology is now available as a minor.

Get the HST minor program of study here.


UTRGV ranks first among nation’s public institutions for least student debt

UTRGV students

Thursday, January 30, 2020
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is first in the nation among public institutions for least student debt, according to recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

According to the rankings, UTRGV students who graduated in 2017 incurred an average debt of $10,054.

The national average that year, according to U.S. News & World Report, was $30,000.

Overall, among public and private universities, UTRGV ranks fourth behind Harvard ($6,100), Princeton ($7,500) and Duke ($9,200).