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TCC Launches Community Health BAS

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Respiratory care providers will be among the health professionals positioned to benefit from the new Community Health BAS.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – A new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Community Health Degree has been approved by the TCC Board at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, allowing the college to move forward with launching the program. TCC hopes to accept the first cohort into the Community Health program in Fall 2018.   

TCC’s second BAS will provide a pathway to career advancement for many of the college’s own current and former Health Careers students. The Community Health BAS is a progression degree, and it will provide a pathway for Associate degree-level health professionals to progress to a Bachelors degree and beyond.

The new Community Health BAS builds on existing Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Health Careers degrees offered at TCC and other South Sound community and technical colleges.

“By offering a BAS degree to graduates of our AAS programs, we are able to pair clinical background with community health theory to provide clinicians who can make an immediate impact on their local communities,” said Health Information Management Chair Char Gore, who has steered development of the Community Health BAS.  

The new degree has four areas of specialization:

  • Advanced Respiratory Care
  • Community Paramedicine
  • Community Health Professional
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

Beyond the BAS: Advancement Options

TCC has worked diligently with a number of universities to secure pathways for BAS students into Master’s Degrees programs. In addition, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has entered into an agreement with Western Governor’s University (WGU) that not only provides pathways to Master’s level education, but provides a 5 percent tuition discount for graduates of Washington State community and technical Colleges.

History of BAS Programs at TCC

TCC began its first Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Information Management in Fall 2016. Learn more about this degree here.


Please email BachelorDegrees@tacomacc.edu.

For additional information, please contact:
Rachel Payne
Communications Consultant
Phone: 253.460.4381
Email: rpayne@tacomacc.edu


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