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Behavioral Healthcare, BAS

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180-185 CREDITS

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
  • demonstrate communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills
  • meet Humanities , Natural Science , Quantitative Reasoning , Social Science , and Written Communication  general education distribution area outcomes

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 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)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.0
  • 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
    • Behavioral Health, Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience
    • Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood and Family Studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Disability Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender, Women, or Sexuality Studies
    • Health Sciences, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Public Health
    • Human Services, Psychology, Social Services, Social Work, Sociology
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Anthropology, Gerontology, Aging 
  • 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.

Program Requirements - With Qualified Associate Degree

Recommended Course Sequence

The following are requirments for students who have completed a qualified associate degree (or equivalent coursework) as listed in the program application. Students who have not completed a qualified associate degree or coursework should complete the program as outlined in the later sequence.

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

Upper Division Electives - 10 Credits

Select two five-credit, 300- or 400-level courses from any of the following disciplines.

  • Behavioral and Social Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology

Technical Electives - 10 Credits

Select two five-credit, college-level courses from among the following options

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

The following courses from the Program Requirements listed above meet the General Education requirements for this program.

Program Requirements - Without Qualified Associate Degree

Required Course Sequence

The following are requirments for students who have completed an associate degree (or equivalent coursework) that is not listed as a qualified associate degree in the program application.

Diversity and Social Justice Requirement

Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).

Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”

Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.

Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.

Total Program Credits: 180-185

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