BAS in Allied Health—Community Health and Education Program Overview
If you are a healthcare professional with strong interpersonal and problem–solving skills and a desire to help others, then Seattle Central's Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Allied Health—Community Health and Education may be right for you. With this degree, you will receive the education and training needed to promote health and prevent disease within communities.
Developed for healthcare professionals with associate degrees, this program can be a great next step. This degree helps to provide a path for a medical assistant, dental assistant, pharmacy technician, dispensing optician, surgical technician, or other allied health professional to advance in his or her career and educational opportunities.
Flexible and Convenient
The Community Health & Education program is designed especially for working professionals. In this flexible program, you can earn your bachelor's degree at either a part–time or full–time pace. And because we accept students three times each year, you won't have to wait long to get started.
All the core classes of this program are taught in a hybrid style, combining reduced face–to–face time with online components. In–person class meetings are scheduled for weekday evenings. You could earn your bachelor's degree coming to campus as little as one night a week!
Earning your bachelor's degree requires a total of 180 credits, including applicable credits from your associate degree. Depending on your prior college credits, you may be able to earn your bachelor's degree in as little as 1 year!
This bachelor's degree track opens the door for you to work as a Health Educator or Community Health Professional in a variety of settings, including:
- Nonprofit health organizations
- Government agencies
- Medical clinics
The healthcare industry is growing substantially in our region and nationally, and demand for qualified community health educators is projected to increase 21 percent by 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Areas of Study
To help you succeed in this profession, our courses focus on educational and behavioral aspects of preventive medicine, health communications and healthcare training. You will study:
- Assessment and planning of health education
- Educational and communications interventions
- Implementation of community prevention programs
- Methods for teaching
Come to an information session or contact the Allied Health Division Student Development Specialist, Hannah Markwardt, to learn more about the Community Health and Education program and its application process: Hannah.Markwardt@seattlecolleges.edu
Pre–Physician Assistant Coursework
Our Community Health and Education and Respiratory Care applied bachelor's degree tracks can help you meet the requirements to apply to UW School of Medicine's MEDEX Northwest Physicians Assistant training program. For more information, please email AlliedHealthBAS.Central@seattlecolleges.edu.
Seattle Central Health Education Center at Pacific Tower
1200 12th Ave S, room HEC 202
Seattle, WA 98144
Allied Health Division
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, HEC
Seattle, WA 98122