Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have a Associate in Arts and Science transfer degree or a degree in something else?
Your previous degree can certainly help to meet many of the general education requirements listed in the pre-requisites for the Healthcare Technology and Management program however it most likely won’t meet the 55 credit minimum of technical coursework in IT-related or healthcare-related areas that are required for the Healthcare Informatics concentration or 55 credit minimum of technical coursework in business-related or healthcare-related areas that are required for the Healthcare Management concentration. You would still need to completed at least 55 credits of technical coursework in an IT-related or healthcare-related program to be eligible for the program. Check in with an advisor.
Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?
Yes, students who have not been admitted to the program can register for some of the courses on a space-available basis, if they have appropriate prerequisites. To find out if you qualify to take a course and receive an entry code, contact the program manager Kimberly Hassell at: 425-564-3188 or firstname.lastname@example.org (LINK).
Can I complete this program online?
Yes, students who are unable to attend classes on campus may complete this program through a combination of online and distance-based courses.
I do not live in Washington State. Can I still take these courses?
It depends on which state you live in. Before offering distance education classes in other states, all institutions of higher education must obtain authorization from those states to offer classes to their residents. At this time, due to extraordinarily high costs to obtain authorization, and/or other limiting factors, we regret that Bellevue College cannot offer distance education classes to students who live in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico.
Other states may have restrictions for certain programs that include internships, externships, clinicals and practicums. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Can I reapply next year if I am not accepted into the program?
Yes. You will receive a letter advising you of additional courses you need to take or other ways to strengthen your application for the next time you apply. The application fee will be waived for individuals who reapply for the following year.
What if I have relevant experience that I think is equivalent to some courses?
For certain courses, you may be able to earn non-traditional credit for prior learning or work experiences. Credit could be awarded through successful completion of a challenge exam, evaluation of certification/training or by approval of a submitted portfolio or other items that prove you have met course learning outcomes. Additional information on BC’s policies and procedures regarding non-traditional credit can be found here. Contact the program manager to discuss available options.
Is there a required sequence of courses I should take?
Yes. You will be able to build on your body of knowledge if certain courses are taken before others. Your sequence of courses will vary depending on whether you attend full-time or part-time, and on your previous education. Your program advisor will help you develop a program of study to gain the most benefit from each course.
How long will it take me to finish?
After admission, the BAS degree totals 90-95 credits and can be completed in 7 quarters of mostly full-time attendance, typically three courses each quarter. Individual pacing is possible, but students should plan on taking at least one course each quarter so that the material remains current and relevant.
Is the program accredited?
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education, has granted Bellevue College accreditation at the baccalaureate level.
I am a state employee. Can I use a state employee tuition waiver to pay for this program?
No. The HCTM program is considered a self-support program. Self-supported programs are also known as fee-based programs and do not receive direct financial support from the State of Washington to operate. Instead of charging a state tuition, the HCTM program charges a per-credit quarterly fee that is then used to cover the costs associated with operating the program. Thus, it is not eligible for state employee tuition waivers.
Where can I find out more about the program?
Virtual information sessions are available for students interested in either Healthcare Informatics or Healthcare Management.