Degrees & Curriculum

The following degrees and certificates are offered as part of the Social and Human Services program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech).

LWTech's Social and Human Services program offers a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Behavioral Healthcare, an Associate of Arts (AAS) degree, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Social and Human Services.

The AAS degree consists of 90 credits, and typically takes about two years to complete. The certificate program consists of 60 credits and can be completed in four quarters of study. The BAS consists of 90 credits and requires an additional two years to complete after AAS requirements are met. The exact length of any one student’s program will depend on whether they require preparatory courses in English or Math, whether they pass all classes, how many classes they complete per quarter, and whether they enter with transferable credits from another college.

Students who are not yet qualified for English 099 or Math 087 are advised to begin work towards those requirements as soon as possible, as they will need to add additional courses to complete the course sequence and thus the degree.

Bachelor Degrees

Total credits required: 90 credits

Full-time enrollment recommended.

Modalities: On-campus, online, and hybrid courses.

Schedule: Monday to Thursday evenings, and some Saturday mornings.

Course Plan

Course Plan

Pre-admit / “bridge term” summer, if necessary
  • Communication Skills
  • Math
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
Junior Fall
  • BIOL& 175 Human Biology with Lab
  • Humanities
  • SHSV 311 Treatment of mental health disorders
Junior Winter
  • BIOL 270 Basic Neurology
  • PUBH 330 Healthcare Structure and Leadership
  • SHSV 321 Assessment & goal planning
Junior Spring
  • Social science
  • Technical elective
  • SHSV 331 Professional Development
Summer       

Supplemental course work / desired technical electives

Senior Fall
  • SHSV 411 Field Practicum 1
  • SHSV 412 Human service ethics
  • SUDC 111 Substance use, abuse and dependency
Senior Winter
  • SHSV 421 Field Practicum 2
  • Social science or technical elective
  • SUDC 121 Treatment of substance use issues
Senior Spring
  • SHSV 431 Field Practicum 3
  • SHSV 432 Mental health systems & care
  • Social science or technical elective
Practicum

Practicum

BASBH students will complete three consecutive quarters of field practicum during their senior year. Field practicum is an integral part of the behavioral healthcare curriculum. Most students consider their practicum fieldwork to be the most valuable and significant part of their social work education. Students will remain at the same behavioral healthcare organization for the duration of their practicum whenever possible. Each quarter, students will complete 20 hours of classroom seminar and 90 hours of fieldwork. 

Community mental health center administrators have been extremely supportive, recognizing the BASBH program as focused explicitly on their needs. LWTech’s faculty intend to work directly with leaders of local (King and Snohomish county) Behavioral Healthcare organizations to place students in these organizations for field practicums. 

Possibilities: Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Atlantic Street Center, Catholic Community Services, Center for Human Services, Community House Mental Health, Consejo Counseling & Referral Service, Cowlitz Tribal Treatment, Downtown Emergency Service Center, Evergreen Health, Evergreen Manor, Evergreen Treatment Services, Friends of Youth, Harborview Mental Health Services, Integrative Counseling Services, Intercept Associates, Island Crossing Counseling Center, Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Multicare Health System, Navos, New Traditions, Pioneer Counseling Services, Ryther, Seadrunar, Seamar Community Health Centers, Seattle Counseling Service, Seattle Indian Health Board, Snoqualmie Tribe, Sound Mental Health, Spectrum Health Services, Stillaguamish Tribe, Therapeutic Health Services, Transitional Resources, Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation, WAPI Community Services, YMCA of Greater Seattle, and Youth Eastside Services.

Preparation for Graduate Studies/School

Preparation for Graduate Studies/School

What if I want to go on for a Master’s degree? The BASBH provides a strong preparation for graduate work in degree programs such as

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in International Community Development
  • Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology

LWTech is collaborating with Washington state universities to establish articulation agreements to ensure our graduates a breadth of options to continue their professional education.

 

Associate Degree

Cohort Model

SHSV degree students will work through their courses together with the same group of students, known as a cohort. Students will enter the degree program either in the fall or the spring quarters only. They develop supportive relationships with a small group of students who will progress together, quarter by quarter, through a standard sequence of courses.

This model allows us to ensure that students have access to the courses they need in a predictable fashion. We can avoid scheduling conflicts with their other courses, ensure they have access to their pre-requisites, and plan for their work and personal lives. Cohort models have been shown to provide students with a shared support system and increase their likelihood of graduation.

Students still have individual options for their technical electives within the program, their academic core classes, and their general electives.

LWTech 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.

Students who are first enrolling at the college in winter or summer quarters should contact the program faculty for advising on what courses they can take in preparation. Those starting in winter or summer will be encouraged to complete their academic core courses: Math, Communication, and Humanities.

 

Transferring to a 4-year Program

Many SHSV students choose to pursue a four-year degree in order to expand their job opportunities. LWTech offers its own bachelor's degree and develops articulation agreements with several colleges and universities to ensure our graduates can transfer easily into these other schools. Upon completion of the Social and Human Services AAS at LWTech, students may transfer to the following baccalaureate programs at junior status:

Students should contact an advisor at the transfer college to determine specific transfer requirements.

Social and Human Services Program Pathways Map

Other 4-year programs which might interest our graduates include