Human Resource Management


The Human Resource Management program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology prepares students to meet the growing need for HR professionals in the Seattle area and beyond. This program gives graduates the competitive advantage needed to secure or advance a career, helping businesses find and grow their most important asset: their employees. Whether students are looking to enter the HR field for the first time or are HR professionals seeking professional certification or recertification credits, there are classes to meet all students' educational goals. There are over 20 specific HR classes targeted to advance your career.  The curriculum is based on extensive research and recommendations by HR Certification Institute (HRCI®),  the Society for HR Management (SHRM®),  and practicing professionals.

Individuals may want to take one class, several classes, or complete a certificate or degree in HR

  • Strategic Human Resource Management Certificate
  • Human Resource Talent Management Certificate
  • Human Resource Management Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree
  • Applied Management- Human Resource Management BAS-AHRM

HR education is essential for business leaders and owners so they may learn strategies to attract, motivate, and retain their talent.

For the convenience and preference of learners, classes are offered remotely and in person. HR classes are held in the evenings and hybrid combining instructor lead and online education. Typically, this means students are with instructors once a week on Teams or on the Kirkland campus and then work online at their own pace once a week.

Human Resource Management Studies at LWTech:

  • Allow students to choose to attend live sessions remotely using Teams or in-person
  • Combines instructor lead sessions and online education to meet the evolving needs of our students.  
  • Conserve student resources by using a subscription that includes all HR books for the programs (Except SHRM prep. courses).
  • Gives students the option to prepare for a variety of HR certification exams (PHR®SPHR®GPHR®PHR-CA/SPHR-CA®, and SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.
  • Allows students to take the SHRM® certification exams sooner.
  • Offer instructor-led SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® preparation courses.
  • Offers classes that are eligible for the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI®) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) recertification credits.
  • General education credits from other accredited colleges are typically accepted towards the AAS-T and BAS-AHRM degrees.
  • Instructors are working as HR Professionals that are certified by HRCI® and SHRM SHRM-CP/SCPSM®
  • Curriculum emphasizes applied learning in the HR field.

Human Resource Management Students at LWTech:

  • Participate in an award-winning active Society of HR Management through membership in the LWTech Society for HR (SHRM®) Student chapter that helps with the transition from student to the HR professional.
  • Enhance personnel knowledge and employee development skills.
  • Obtain skills in talent and strategic management.
  • Learn how to become business leaders by attracting, motivating, and retaining talent in an organization.

Class Schedule

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student might be required to complete may increase the program length.

Applied Bachelor's Degree

Entry Dates

Fall, Winter, Spring

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.

  1. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or equivalent.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.5.
  3. Completion of 20 credits of College-level general education courses with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in each class as follows:
    1. 5 credits of college-level Math (with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite) or higher with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
    2. 5 credits of college-level English (ENGL&101 or equivalent) with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
    3. 5 credits of college-level Humanities or Social Science with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
    4. 5 credits of college-level course with a lab – Natural Sciences with a minimum 2.0 GPA

It is recommended that these requirements be taken before the student enters the program.Note: ACCT& 201 and ECON& 201 may be used as electives in the BAS.

  • ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I 5 credits
  • ECON& 201 Micro Economics 5 credits
  • HRM 210 Introduction HR Management and Role in Organizations 2 credits

More information is available in the College Catalog.


Certification Exam Preparation

The curriculum is aligned with HR Certification Institute (HRCI®) and Society for HR Management (SHRM®).  This leads to student success in passing certification exams.

SHRM-CP®or SHRM-SCP® exam preparation courses are also provided.

Career Opportunities

To assist in the transition from student to a human resources professional, LWTech provides a direct link to Society of HR Management through membership in the LWTech SHRM Student Chapter. The award-winning active student chapter helps with the transition from student to HR professional. Participation is suggested for additional learning, networking with HR professionals, career opportunities, and application of competencies.

Once you complete LWTech's Human Resource Management program, you will have immediate access to numerous jobs in a broad range of industries. Human resource professionals can secure employment in a variety of work environments such as corporate human resource departments, governmental organizations, and private firms. Job titles range from HR generalist to HR business partner manager or various specialties in HR. Depending on background and experience, graduates from the HR program find entry-level and mid-level jobs.

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

At LWTech, we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. The Human Resource program of study leads to an industry or specific employers that may require a full or partial background check as well as a drug test before you start the job.

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