Bachelor of Applied Technology in Health Services Technology Degree Completion Program (BAT-HST)
This degree completion program, offered by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), is designed for graduates with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in the Allied Health and Nursing fields. Students can take 16 of the courses toward the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Health Services Technology (BAT-HST) degree online via the UT Online Consortium.
The BAT-HST degree requires the following:
- Completion of an AAS 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;
- completion of the General Education Core Curriculum; and
- completion of 36 credits of upper-division courses which include 30 credits of the Bachelor of Applied Technology Health Services Core and 12 credits of electives. These electives can be drawn from the HST offerings or any elective that is approved by the program advisor.
- General Education Core (42 credits - some offered online*)
- Health Services Core (30 credits - offered online)
- Health Services Electives (12 credits - offered online)
- AAS Technical Credit (up to 36 credits)
Minimum Semester Credits - 120
*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 that they apply toward the program.
This degree is not designed to prepare practitioners for professional certification in a new field. It is designed to build on a career developed at the AAS level by adding skills in leadership and management, or teaching in secondary and post-secondary education. Flexibility in course selection should allow students to design a meaningful degree plan that will accomplish their career enhancement goals.
Link to a listing of the courses required for the program. Use the Course Schedule to see which courses are currently open for registration. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.
- Will I have to visit the campus?
Students will not be required to attend the campus at any time.
- How much will it cost?
Students are billed by UTRGV for courses. Links to campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page. Textbooks, supplemental readings and required software are additional costs.
- How can I find more information?
Contact the program advisor listed above for additional information about the program.
To participate in the program, students must apply to and be accepted by UTRGV. Students can apply for admission using the ApplyTexas website. Students currently pursuing an approved AAS program at another institution should first consult their technical field advisors at their institution if interested in coordinating AAS requirements with UTRGV's BAT-HST requirements.
When students initially enroll at UTRGV they will receive a tentative degree plan. Students are encouraged to complete the General Education Core Curriculum first, however they may take upper level courses before completing the Core Curriculum. 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.
When students are ready to start the BAT program, the Advisor will assist in finalizing the appropriate degree plan for the additional academic coursework. Careful selection of courses with the program advisor is very important.
Non-degree seeking students who wish to take a BAT-HST course without an allied health background may do so but should recognize that these courses are designed for students with an allied health background. BAT-HST courses generally do not have prerequisites that would prevent students from taking the courses for general interest. Please check course prerequisites and contact the program advisor for assistance in choosing appropriate courses.
Link to Enrollment Services for additional information on registration and course access.