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Behavioral Healthcare, BAS

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Program Admissions Dates: Fall

The applied baccalaureate degree in Behavioral Healthcare prepares students for work in the integrated treatment of mental illnesses, substance use disorders, physical illness, poverty, and homelessness. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce, advance in their current employment, and/or enroll in graduate degree programs in related fields such as social work, addictions treatment, or counseling.

Behavioral Healthcare BAS graduates will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the structures, functions, and organizations which comprise the local healthcare system, with a particular focus on behavioral healthcare organizations
  • apply treatment principles to a variety of individual concerns
  • integrate the needs, roles, and strengths of professionals within healthcare and human services teams
  • apply care coordination skills
  • complete holistic biopsychosocial assessments and develop client-centered, person-first plans
  • demonstrate abiding hope in recovery for each and every person

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.


The following requirements must be met before filling out the admission application for the BAS in Behavioral Healthcare program: 

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or equivalent in a social service- or health-related field
  • Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.5
  • 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 15 credits of those specified above can be documented. This program includes a bridge quarter, such that remaining prerequisites 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.

Program Requirements

Recommended Course Sequence

The courses listed below are a suggested sequence; as long as prerequisites are met, courses may be taken in a different order.

Social Science Courses - 10 Credits

Select two of the courses listed below. When planning your degree pathway, note which quarters the courses are offered.

Technical Electives - 10 Credits

Select two five-credit, college-level courses from any of the following disciplines.

  • Behavioral and Social Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Public Health, including Epidemiology and Community Health
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling
  • Sociology

Total Program Credits: 90

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