Human Resource Management


The Human Resource Management program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology prepares students to meet the growing need for human resource (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 HR 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
  • Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) Applied Management- Human Resource Management BAS-AHRM

Human Resources 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 (synchronous) and online (asynchronous) education. Typically, this means students are with instructors every other week on Microsoft Teams or on the Kirkland campus and then work online at their own pace in alternating weeks. Weeks usually alternate, so typically in a ten-week quarter there would be five synchronous and five asynchronous classes.

  • Allow students to choose to attend live sessions remotely using Microsoft Teams or in-person per class
  • Combines instructor-lead sessions and online education to add flexibility 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.
  • Curriculum focuses on evolving real-world best HR practices, making learning fun.

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.

  • Connects students with the HR profession and HR professionals.
  • Promotes career awareness and opportunities.
  • Provides mentoring and networking opportunities for HR students.
  • Furthers the development, improvement, and application of HR management practices, consistent with the highest standards of ethics and practice.
  • Promotes the exchange of work-related experiences through open forums & information exchanges with industry leaders.

Instructors have a genuine interest in students' success and are committed to helping them make the most of their education. The program emphasizes applied learning in the human resources field. Curriculum focuses on evolving real-world best HR practices to make learning fun. Small class sizes offer personalized instruction from instructors working as HR professionals that are certified by HRCI® and SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

All courses have been pre-approved for HRCI® and SHRM® SHRM-CP/SCP® recertification credits (50 credits for one 5-credit class) SHRM-CP®or SHRM-SCP® recertification credits. Students can also earn recertification hours towards PHR®, SPHR®, and GPHR®.

Specific recertification credits offered

  • Ethical (HRCI®),
  • Business(SPHR®)
  • Global specific (GPHR)

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.

To assist in the transition from student to a human resource 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 and mentoring 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, HR manager, or various specialties in HR. Depending on background and experience, graduates from the HR program find entry-level and mid-level jobs.

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Additional Human Resource Management Program Information

  • Human Resource Management Program Admission Dates
    • Fall Quarter
    • Winter Quarter
    • Spring Quarter
    • Summer Quarter
  • Human Resoucce Management Program Class Format
    • On-campus or Live Instruction Online (Teams)
    • Combination of online and on-campus (hybrid or hyflex)

At LWTech, we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. The Human Resource Management 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.

Entry into the Human Resource Management program requires completion of LWTech's general online application.

Additional admission requirements are listed below. 

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 of Applied Science (AAS) degree or equivalent.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.5.
  4. Completion of 30 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.
    4. 5 credits of college-level course with a lab – Natural Sciences with a minimum 2.0 GPA
    5. 5 credits of college-level Social Science with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
    6. 5 credits of any college-level General Education course with a minimum 2.0 GPA

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

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

More information is available in the College Catalog.

BAS Application

Additional Application Information

Applied Management - Human Resource Management BAS BAS Application

Entry into Human Resource Management program for the AAS-T degree requires completion of LWTech's general online application.

Entry into Human Resource Management program for certificates of completion and/or certificates of proficiency requires completion of LWTech's general online application.

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Information sessions present an overview of the Human Resource Management Program program and explain the admission process. Each information session lasts approximately one hour. Attendance is highly recommended for all applicants.

Sessions are offered online using Microsoft Teams and in-person. 

Program Information Session Dates

Information sessions are offered every quarter. Please contact Ren'ee Mangini for information on upcoming sessions.

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.


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