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 want to make a difference in someone’s life. We have a passion to help, to contribute.”
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:
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.
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.
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 General Education requirements
and/or prerequisite requirements for Behavioral Healthcare BAS.
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Next Entry: Fall 2024
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:
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.
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 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.
Info sessions are offered virtually. Please RSVP for Microsoft Teams login and information.
February 23, 2024
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Behavioral and Social
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