Associate degrees

LWTech the largest healthcare professional associate degree provider in the county

Lake Washington Institute of Technology was recently listed as King County’s leading provider of associate graduates in health professions, according to the Report “Orientation of the program by college” 2016-2017 by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The report also found that LWTech was the third-largest provider of associate graduate healthcare professionals in Washington during the same academic year.

According to a press release, graduates of these associate degree programs make up healthcare professionals such as nurses, physician assistants, dental hygienists, occupational therapists, fitness specialists and personal trainers, physical therapists and those who work in funeral homes and social and human services. As a leader in student completion rates for these programs, LWTech is filling the skills gap and meeting the demand for trained healthcare professionals in King County and beyond, the statement said.

Students who earn their associate degree at LWTech not only have a higher potential to earn more money and further their careers, but they can also move up the educational ladder, according to the statement. All LWTech associate degrees are accredited and transferable so that students can continue to earn their bachelor’s degree, either at LWTech or at another institution.

“There continues to be a strong demand for skilled healthcare workers in King County,” LWTech President Dr. Amy Morrison Goings said in the statement. “LWTech’s focus on completion is reflected in the number of students who earn their associate’s degree and go on to a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce directly.”

LWTech currently offers nine associate degree programs in health professions areas including Health Sciences, Physician Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Dental Assistant, Funeral Service Education , the fitness specialist/personal trainer, the physical therapy assistant, and social and human services. The college also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health as well as Dental Hygiene.

For more information about health professions programs at LWTech, visit

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