Health Care Career Tracks

The Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks program offers an opportunity for a tuition-free pathway to a health care career from two of the area’s largest employers and community supporters.


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Program Overview

The Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks program offers an opportunity for a tuition-free pathway to a health care career from two of the area’s largest employers and community supporters.

Students participate in the Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Track through UPS Metropolitan College. Students work for UPS while taking prerequisite courses at Jefferson Community and Technical College or the University of Louisville. When they reach 12 to 18 months before completion of their degree track or program, students will take their professional courses and be invited to explore the following career pathways:

  • Continue working at UPS and apply to become a Norton Scholar.
  • Apply for a part-time position at Norton Healthcare while completing your college program
  • Apply for a student apprentice position at Norton Healthcare.

While at Norton Healthcare, students will have exposure to a variety of job roles and facilities to help ready them for the workforce after graduation.

Health Care Career Tracks

The following education tracks are offered through the Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks program:

  • Diagnostic imaging: This program prepares students to assist in the identification and diagnosis of patients’ conditions using advanced technical modalities such as X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and mammography
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Responds to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured and to provide safe transportation to a medical facility for treatment.
  • Health information management: This program prepares students to use technology and critical thinking to solve system issues, such as assessing, analyzing and protecting digital and traditional medical data and information, ensuring quality and accuracy
  • Laboratory science: This program prepares students to assist in conducting specific diagnostic tests on patient specimens in the areas of chemistry, hematology, immunology, histology and microbiology to provide critical information for medical diagnosis
  • Medical assistant: This program prepares students to support the work of physicians and other health care professionals, usually in a clinic or primary care setting
  • Neurodiagnostic technology: This program prepares students to use specialized equipment to monitor how well a patient’s nervous system is functioning, including administering electroencephalography (EEG) tests to record patients’ brain waves, and helping to explore ways to identify and prevent seizures, diagnose disorders and treat specific neurological conditions
  • Nursing:* This degree program prepares students to provide direct patient care. Specific job responsibilities and daily activities vary based on the needs of the nurse’s health care team and the patient. Registered nurses may specialize in areas such as neonatal, pediatric, geriatric, surgical and emergency medical care, and may pursue positions in teaching, management and administration.
  • Pharmacy technology: This certificate program prepares students to assist a pharmacist in dispensing medications and assisting patients with questions on prescriptions, drug information and health matters alongside a pharmacist.
  • Respiratory therapy: This program prepares students to work in the critical care setting, including our adult and children’s intensive care units, neonatal intensive care units and emergency departments. Respiratory therapists manage a patient’s airway and address ventilator, medication administration, intubation and critical status of acute airway conditions. Respiratory therapists also work in a variety of other areas, such as sleep, education, research and leadership.
  • Surgical technology: This is an associate degree apprentice program that prepares students to perform as part of a surgical team in an operating room. The surgical technologist works closely with the surgeon to conduct the procedure, maintain a sterile environment and address safety and equipment integrity.

*The nursing track also is available for University of Louisville students.

Program Benefits

The Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks program prepares students for specialized health care careers, and offers these additional advantages:

  • Tuition-free college education: Students will receive a tuition-free college education, reducing or eliminating their student debt.
  • Self-paced education: There is no time limit to complete course work within this program. Students can complete their credits on a timeline that works for their schedule.
  • Connection to two leading community employers: Norton Healthcare and UPS share many of the same values and support a positive employee experience. Both provide their employees with competitive benefits, financial planning and career coaching.
  • Access to health care symposiums and presentations: Your affiliation with Norton Healthcare will give them access to many of the organization’s special presentations, continuing education units (CEUs) and events. Once students are enrolled in the program, they will begin receiving communications from Norton Healthcare about available programming, volunteer events, student resources and more.

How Do I Get Started?

Are you ready to get started? Students who register for our program will receive program information, quarterly newsletters, as well as invites to upcoming events.

What Is Next?

After you register in the Health Career Career Tracks Program, follow these steps:

Step 1: Enroll In The Metropolitan College Program

You will begin prerequisite course work at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) or the University of Louisville (UofL) through UPS Metropolitan College (MC). To learn more about the Metropolitan College program, visit the Get Started page on this website. Your participation in the MC program will provide you with:

  • Work as a 3rd shift part-time package handler at UPS Worldport in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Regular wages from UPS starting at $14/hour.
  • Paid tuition, up to full time undergraduate, in-state rate, at either the University of Louisville (UofL) or Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC) each semester.
  • Eligibility for bonuses based on your academic progress ranging from $350 to $1400.
  • Eligibility for book reimbursement money each semester to help offset the cost of books and software.
  • Career Coaching to support you in your academic and career goals.

Step 2: Participate in Health Care Career Track events.

Registrants will receive a quarterly newsletter featuring opportunities available to you, including:

  • Career coaching and exploration
  • Health care symposiums
  • Shadowing and mentor programs
  • Hands-on experience in your track program

These opportunities allow you to start learning now about your future career.

Step 3: Engage with Norton Healthcare

After you complete your prerequisite course work, you will begin your core professional development track courses at JCTC or UofL. You will have several opportunities for engaging with Norton Healthcare through the Health Care Career Tracks program:

  • You can continue working at UPS and apply to become a Norton Scholar.
  • You can apply to work at Norton Healthcare part-time or PRN (as needed), up to 36 hours every six weeks.
  • You can apply to become a student apprentice in one of the Norton Healthcare's track programs.

Through the Health Care Career Track program, you’ll be exposed to many different health care careers and Norton Healthcare locations, giving you a better understanding of the organization and available opportunities.

When you graduate, you will be on track for full-time employment with Norton Healthcare. You’ll receive competitive benefits along with financial planning, career coaching and professional transition practice to support your success.

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