Applied Baccalaureate Degrees at Community and Technical Colleges
Colleges Play an Important Role
Community and technical colleges play an important role in producing baccalaureate degree graduates
in Washington State. SBCTC advocated
for community and technical college applied baccalaureate programs to help:
- Meet state goals for increasing the overall number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to 42,400 per year. The community and technical college system will need to increase the number of their students who transfer to a baccalaureate program to 22,000 by 2030 including 1,400 baccalaureate degrees awarded.
- Expand the workforce mission of community and technical colleges to serve the needs of local and state employers.
- Increase educational pathways for professional and technical associate graduates who have been limited in their ability to apply credits toward a bachelor degree. The workforce student population is comprised of a large portion of people of color, older working adults, and people (women) who are place bound with family responsibilities.
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Programs
Currently, community and technical colleges offer applied bachelor degrees at 15 colleges:
- Bellevue College – BAS in Radiation and Imaging Sciences, Bachelor of Applied Arts in
BAS in Health Care Technology and Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BAS in Information Systems & Technology, BAS in Data Analytics
- Centralia College – BAS in Applied Management, BAS in Diesel Technology
- Clover Park Technical College - BAS in Manufacturing Operations
- Columbia Basin College – BAS in Applied Management, BAS in Cyber Security, BAS in Project Management
- Green River College – BAS in Information Technology: Network Administration and Security, BAS in Information Technology: Software Development, BAS in Marketing and Entrepreneurship
- Highline College - BAS in Cyber Security and Forensics, BAS in Global Trade and Logistics, BAS in Respiratory Care, Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science-Youth Development
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design, BAS in Transportation and Logistics Management, BAS in Public Health
- North Seattle College – BAS in International Business, BAS in Application Development
College – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BAS in Information Systems
- Peninsula College – BAS in Applied Management
- Renton Technical College - BAS in Application Development
- Seattle Central College – BAS in Applied Behavioral Science, BAS in Allied Health
- Skagit Valley College - BAS in Environmental Conservation
- South Seattle College – BAS in Hospitality Management; BAS in Professional Technical Teacher Education, BAS in Sustainable Building Science Technology
- Yakima Valley Community College - BAS in Applied Business Management
BAS Programs Being Developed for Fall 2015
The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for fall quarter 2015:
- Bellevue College - BAS in Applied Accounting
- Cascadia College - BAS in Sustainable Practices
- Clark College - BAS in Dental Hygiene
- Olympic College - BAS in Organizatinal Leadership and Technical Management
- Seattle Central College - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Spokane Falls Community College - BAS in Informatin Systems and Technology
- Wenatchee Valley College - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BAS Programs Being Developed for Fall 2016
The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for fall quarter 2016:
- Bellevue College - BAS in Molecular Biosciences
- Columbia Basin College - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BAS Programs Being Developed for Summer 2016
The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for summer quarter 2016:
- Pierce College - BAS in Dental Hygiene
BAS Programs with Statement of Need in 30-Day Review
There are no programs currently under review.
Send questions or comments to Joyce Hammer at SBCTC.
BAS Program Approval Process and Application Materials
Applied baccalaureate programs stem from the 2005 Legislature passing E2SHB 1794, giving the State Board authority to select pilot programs at designated community and technical colleges. As part of the 2010 System Design Plan legislation (SSB 6355), the status of applied baccalaureate degrees offered by Washington's community and technical colleges was changed from pilot to regular status.
In 2012, the Washington State Legislature passed E2SHB 2483, authorizing the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to approve all Applied Bachelor’s degree programs offered by community and technical colleges (RCW 28B.50.810).
Please contact Joyce Hammer for questions about the program approval process.
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