Located in Kirkland, Washington, Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) Behavioral and Social Services program prepares students for sustainable careers as behavioral health and social service professionals.
We prepare students with the professional values, skills, and knowledge needed for work in the integrated treatment of mental health concerns, substance use disorders, physical illness, poverty, addiction, and homelessness.
LWTech Behavioral and Social Services students report a number of advantages to studying here:
“We are people people. Human-oriented. People who want to help others.”
“We want to make a difference in someone’s life. We have a passion to help, to contribute.”
The applied bachelor's degree in Behavioral Healthcare provides specialized education in preparation for professional work in behavioral healthcare, as well as graduate studies.
For those with an associate degree or the equivalent, the program is:
Applicants to the program are admitted on a non-competitive basis. The program does have application and qualification requirements. Program information sessions and specialized advising is available before applying to this program.
Entry into this program requires completion of the general online application, as well as the application to the BAS in Behavioral Healthcare.
Application to the BAS program is for those with an associate degree or the equivalent.
The following are requirements that must be met before filling out the admission application for the BAS in Behavioral Healthcare program:
Admission to the program may occur when any 15 credits of those specified above can be documented. This program includes a "bridge" quarter, such that remaining pre-requisites defined above may be taken after program admittance, but prior to admittance to the junior year of the program. The bridge may consist of 0-15 credits.
The following associate degree programs have articulation agreements to facilitate upward transfer into LWTech’s BAS in Behavioral Healthcare.
Enrollment Services staff will evaluate your transcript based on your current program of study, specifically looking for courses that satisfy LWTech Gen Education requirements (see the note below for the types of courses that can transfer to satisfy General Education requirements) and/or prerequisite requirements for Behavioral Healthcare BAS. See the prerequisites section below on this page for more information.
Next Entry: Fall 2022
To apply for the BAS degree, you must create a Self Service Center account. You may preview the BAS application by downloading a PDF of the first page.
Entry into the Behavioral and Social Services, AAS, requires completion of LWTech's online application.
The associate degree in Behavioral and Social Services prepares students for entry-level work and for LWTech's applied bachelor's degree in Behavioral Healthcare or Public Health. The program is:
This associates degree provides a generalist education. Students begin by enrolling in BHAV 110 Introduction to Behavioral and Social Services.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment and may continue on to a bachelor's degree program, including LWTech’s applied bachelors degree in Behavioral Healthcare.
Entry into this program requires completion of an admission application.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology uses the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges Online Admissions Application Portal.
This certificate provides a generalist, introductory education. It is most often selected by those who already have a college degree or who can only complete one year of studies. The coursework represents the core of our associate degree studies. Students begin by enrolling in BHAV 110 Introduction to Behavioral and Social Services.
Students can complete this certificate as a stand-alone sequence or while completing the AAS.
This sequence provides a basic education in addiction and its treatment. All of the classes are available as self-paced online, asynchronous courses. Two of the courses are also offered face-to-face, on campus. The courses can be taken in any order.
Students can complete this certificate as a stand-alone sequence or as part of their AAS or BAS studies.
This education fulfills the alternative training education requirements for Substance Use Disorder Professional applicants with a license in good standing in one of the following credentials, as outlined in WAC 246-811-076: ARNP, psychologist, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselor, advanced social worker, independent clinical social worker, osteopathic physician, osteopathic physician assistant, physician, or physician assistant.
Entry into the Behavioral and Social Services certificates requires completion of LWTech's online application.
Additional Admission Considerations
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All those interested are invited to come learn about LWTech’s Behavioral and Social Services program. College faculty and staff will share information about the degrees and certificates available and the jobs they prepare graduates for. We will explain the application processes and answer questions.
Info sessions are offered virtually or on campus. Please RSVP for Microsoft Teams loogin and campus location information.
September 13, 2022, 6 p.m., via Microsoft Teams
October 17, 2022, 1 p.m., on campus
November 8, 2022, 6 p.m., on campus
December 8, 2022, 6 p.m., via Microsoft Teams
January 11, 2023, 1 p.m., on campus
February 13, 2023, 6 p.m., on campus
March 13, 2023, 1 p.m., via Microsoft Teams
April 11, 2023, 6 p.m., via Microsoft Teams
May 12, 2023, 1 p.m., on campus
June 6, 2023, 6 p.m., on campus
Not sure what program you want to apply to? Check out LWTech's general information sessions and weekly tours by going to LWTech.edu/Visit.
For advising please visit the Academic Advising page for more information.
Behavioral and Social Sciences,
Behavioral and Social Services,
Certificate of Proficiency
Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mon-Thurs, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Closed to the public