Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks

Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks

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

If you’re ready to get on track for an exciting health care career, click here!

Who Is Eligible to Participate in This Program?

Current Norton Healthcare High School Academy Program and School to Work students, UPS employees and Metropolitan College students are eligible to participate in this program.

How Does the Program Work?

Students participate in Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks through School to Work or the Metropolitan College. Students work for UPS while taking prerequisite courses at Jefferson Community and Technical College or the University of Louisville. When you reach 12 to 18 months before completion of your degree track or program, you will take your 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 position at Norton Healthcare while completing your college program.
  • Apply for a student role in one of the track programs at Norton Healthcare.

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

What Career Tracks Are Available?

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

How Does This Program Benefit Me?

The Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks program prepares you 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 your student debt.
  • Self-paced education: There is no time limit to complete course work within this program. You can complete your credits on a timeline that works for your 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: Affiliation with Norton Healthcare gives students access to many of the organization’s special presentations, continuing education units (CEUs) and events. Once you are enrolled in the program, you will begin receiving communications from Norton Healthcare about available programming, volunteer events, student resources and more.

For questions about UPS employment, email or visit For questions about Norton Healthcare, call (502) 446-5835 or email

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