Bachelor of Applied Science – Allied Health
The need for skilled healthcare workers is increasing as the U.S. population ages, and Seattle Central has expanded two existing programs to meet this demand. Students can now earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree in Allied Health and pursue one of two tracks, in either Respiratory Care or Dental Hygiene. The bachelor's degree replaces the previous associate degree in these fields.
In addition, two new "tracks" of study in Healthcare Services Management and in Community Health and Education will be added later this year. These programs are designed for individuals who have earned (or are in the process of earning) associate degrees or certificates, as well as those already working and seeking career advancement.
The coursework will focus on management skills and/or working for community-based organizations. To accommodate working schedules, students will have options for day or evening classes, including some online coursework.
The new Allied Health degree program will become a cornerstone of the new satellite campus in the iconic Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill that will eventually house all healthcare training programs. Until the move, classes will continue to be held on the main campus and at Seattle Vocational Institute.
As with all bachelor's degrees, prerequisites are required before admission into specific tracks of study. The Dental Hygiene and Respiratory Care tracks start spring quarter, and classes are then taken in sequence. Prerequisites can be taken any quarter before starting in the desired program.
Why a B.A.S. degree?
Seattle Central created this new B.A.S. degree in response to employers needs in the health care industry, who say they are looking for graduates with critical thinking skills, expanded knowledge of science and the ability to move into management positions. The degree also gives graduates more career options to move into teaching or administrative roles.