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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

“We want to make a difference in someone’s life. We have a passion to help, to contribute.”

Additional Behavioral and Social Services Program Information

  • Behavioral and Social Services Program Admission Dates
    • Fall
  • Behavioral and Social Services Program Format
    • Combination of online and on-campus

Entry into the Behavioral and Social Services program requires completion of LWTech's general online application.

Additional admission requirements are listed below. 

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.

BAS Prerequisites

  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 degree or equivalent (LWTech defines “equivalent” as 90 or more college level credits that minimally include 5 credits each of college level written communication, Math, and Social Science)
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.0
  4. 30 college-level credits, with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in each class, from any of the following disciplines:
    • Addiction studies, chemical dependency, Substance Use Disorder counseling
    • Anthropology
    • Behavioral health, behavioral sciences
    • Child, youth, and family studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Disability studies
    • Early childhood education, Early childhood and family studies
    • Ethnic studies
    • Gender, women, or sexuality studies
    • Gerontology, aging
    • Health sciences
    • Human services
    • Medical assisting
    • Neuroscience
    • Nursing
    • Occupational therapy assistant
    • Physical therapist assistant
    • Psychology
    • Public health
    • Social services
    • Social work
    • Sociology
  5. Completion of at least 30 credits of college-level General Education courses with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in each class as follows:

Admission to the program may occur when any 20 credits of those college-level General Education courses specified above can be documented. Remaining prerequisite General Education courses 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 and will be completed the summer quarter prior to fall admission.

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 General Education requirements and/or prerequisite requirements for Behavioral Healthcare BAS.

Application Deadline & Submission Information

Additional Application Information

Behavior Healthcare BAS Application

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. The program is:

  • Open admission
  • Face-to-face 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.

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.

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, graduate students, and licensed healthcare professionals.
  • 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 or 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.

Program Information Sessions

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Dates

February 23, 2024
6:30 p.m.

April 8, 2024
3 p.m.

May 14, 2024
6:30 p.m.

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