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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:

  • Hands-on experience
  • A friendly, calm environment
  • Affordable education
  • Smaller classes with a personal atmosphere
  • A life-friendly schedule
  • A broad foundation in real-world training, teamwork, and problem-solving
  • Full or part-time studies, with financial aid available for those who are eligible

Students need an affordable education on the Eastside that is scheduled for their lives. LWTech’s Behavioral and Social Services program offers classes at a cost about one-third of state universities. And we do so in a smaller setting with personal relationships. The right training, at the right time, in the right place can help you get the jobs you want—to help others.

“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:

  • Selective admission
  • Face-to-face (weekday evenings and Saturday mornings) with some online (asynchronous) courses
  • Full-time or part-time
  • New cohorts start each fall

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 admission application, as well as the application to the BAS in Behavioral Healthcare.

BAS Prerequisites

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:

  1. If you have not already taken classes at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, you must fill out the online admissions application to receive a Student ID number and an LWTech issued email address. You will not be able to fill out the BAS application without completing this step.
  2. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or equivalent in a social services or health related field.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.5.
  4. Completion of at least 30 credits of College-level Academic Core courses with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in each class as follows:
    • Communication Skills – 10 credits, including ENGL& 101 or equivalent
    • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills – 5 credits: MATH& 107 or equivalent
    • Social Sciences – 10 credits
    • Humanities – 5 credits

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.

Transferring From Other Colleges

Partner Colleges

The following associate degree programs have articulation agreements to facilitate upward transfer into LWTech’s BAS in Behavioral Healthcare.

Other Colleges

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. 

Application Deadline & Submission Information

Application Fee

$50 non-refundable

Additional Application Information

Online Application

Behavior Healthcare BAS 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:

  • Open admission
  • Face-to-face (weekday mornings) with some courses available online (asynchronous)
  • Full-time or part-time
  • Start any quarter

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.

General Admission Application

Additional Admission Considerations

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Certificate of Proficiency in Behavioral and Social Services (Long Certificate)

  • Open admission
  • 60 credits
  • Face-to-face (weekday mornings) with some courses available online (asynchronous)
  • Full-time or part-time
  • Start any quarter

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.

Certificate of Completion in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (Short Certificate)

  • For associates, bachelors, and graduate students
  • Open admission
  • 3 courses (15 credits)
  • Online (asynchronous) or face-to-face (weekday afternoons)
  • Part-time
  • Start any quarter

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 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.

General Admission Application

Additional Admission Considerations

Not Sure Where to Start?

Talk to An Admission Coach Today!

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. 

 

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