Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Approved at Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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Kirkland, Wash.: Current and future health care workers preparing for new jobs or promotions will be able to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) beginning in September, 2014. 

The new bachelor’s degree program provides a pathway for current workers to upgrade their skills and earn new credentials. It allows current students in health and social service programs to use their two-year associate degree as the first two years of the bachelor-level program. It also provides a pathway for high school students enrolled at the Lake Washington Technical Academy to earn their high school diploma and move directly toward completing their associate and bachelor’s degrees. For program information visit www.lwtech.edu/publichealth.

LWTech will be holding an information session for students interested in the new bachelor’s degree on Thursday, May 8, at 5pm in the Allied Health Building, room A102, at the institute’s Kirkland Campus. Directions and campus maps can be found at www.lwtech.edu/directions. For more information on this session, contact selective.admission@lwtech.edu  or call (425) 739-8300.

“Like our Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design, this Public Health degree combines rigorous academics and well-rounded professional training to give students the skills and credentials needed for success in the public health sector,” said President Amy Morrison Goings. “This new bachelor’s degree will help people move into or further into those careers.”

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health estimates 250,000 new public health workers will be needed in the U.S. by 2020. Shortages are expected both from existing employee retirements and the need for newly trained workers. 

Job creation and hiring trends support the need for this new bachelor’s degree at LWTech. The Washington State Employment Security Department estimates a 2.05 percent growth in 2010-2020 for health and social services jobs – more than 300,000 jobs in a variety of healthcare support professions.  Additionally, people who hire for local, private businesses and public health agencies indicate they are having difficulty finding four-year graduates. 

The bachelor’s degree program will be housed in the new 83,000 square-foot Allied Health building on the LWTech Kirkland campus. The building features classrooms, offices, clinical facilities, and lecture halls dedicated to allied health education. The Institute currently offers twelve health and social services degrees, including RN-Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapist Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Funeral Service Education, and Medical Assisting.

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers six bachelor’s degrees, more than 45 associate degrees, and more than 85 professional certificates in 44 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.