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Community Health

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Community Health


The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Community Health is an online program that prepares students for careers in health and wellness as well as illness and injury prevention. This new degree launches in Fall 2018, and TCC will begin accepting applications in winter quarter of 2018.

A new degree for the new health care world

As health care changes its focus from sick-care to well-care there is a growing demand for community health professionals. Jobs can be found in traditional health care settings, government agencies, public and community health, as well as insurance companies and employee wellness programs. TCC’s new BAS degree will prepare you for the new world of health care.

Builds on clinical knowledge

The new Community Health degree pairs your clinical background with public health theory and practice. The program is designed for working professionals in a health and human services related field, such as respiratory therapy, radiology technology, diagnostic medical sonography and paramedicine. 

BAS Information Sessions

Date Time: Day Time: Evening Location
Mar 25 1pm - 2pm Canceled Online (Zoom meeting)

When: Mar 25, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Apr 15 1pm - 2pm 6pm - 7pm Bldg 13, Room 265
Apr 29 1pm - 2pm 6pm - 7pm Bldg 13, Room 265



Three Tracks are Currently Offered

Community Health Elective
Advanced Respiratory Care Elective
Application Considerations

In addition to core community health classes that address advocacy, informatics, health policy, population health and more, the Community Health track will explore such topics as:

  • environmental health
  • trauma as a community health issue
  • families as social systems
  • epidemic prevention
  • health, culture and diversity
  • community health professional capstone

There are no additional prerequisites for this track.

To learn more about this track, email your questions to

In addition to core community health classes that address advocacy, informatics, health policy, population health and more, the Advanced Respiratory Care track will explore such topics as:

  • tobacco and nicotine treatment
  • leadership for the health care professional
  • education in healthcare
  • advanced patient care
  • advanced respiratory care capstone

Additional prerequisites for this track include: Registered Respiratory Technician credential (RRT).

To learn more about this track, email your questions to

A health-related background demonstrated in one of the following ways

  • AAS-T/AAS degree or equivalent degree/credits in a human services or health-related field from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum 2.0 GPA in all college level courses
  • AA or AS degree or equivalent credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses and one year of health-related experience
  • 70 college-level credits in an allied health-related field

Courses should include at least 20 credits of general education:

  • 5 credits of Composition (English 101)
  • 5 credits Humanities
  • 5 credits Social Science
  • 5 credits Natural Science w/lab

Eligibility for (or completion of) Math& 146 or another approved statistics class

Eligibility for (or completion of) 3-5 credits in Medical Terminology


Who Can Apply?

Students and working professionals who have earned an Associate’s degree or equivalent degree in a human services or health care field.

Watch a pre-recorded information session for more information or try the virtual information session.
The Admission Virtual Information session is part of the BAS admission process.


Steps for Admission

1.  Apply for general admission to TCC.  If you are a returning student who has not attended classes for more than two quarters, please call 253-566-5325 to update your general information. The application is free.

2. Apply for specific admission to the CH BAS program. Complete the online BAS application. Please allow up to 30 school days for application review (will take longer when school is on break).

3.  Send an email to that includes:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume
  • Copy of any industry credentials or license # (if you have no credentials or license simply state that in the body of the email)
  • Certificate of Completion from the Virtual Information Session

4. Your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the requirements for admission.

5. You will receive an email letting you know if you meet the requirements or if there is more you need to do (allow 2 weeks for this - if you have not heard anything in 2 weeks please email

6. If you meet the requirements you will receive directions on what to do next. Meeting the requirements does NOT guarantee entry into the Community Health BAS degree as admission is based on first come registration.

FINANCIAL AID: It is also very important that you begin the Financial Aid Process at the time of your application submission as it can take time to get everything in place. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at for the correct school year. Our school code is 003796. The 2018-19 school year begins with fall quarter 2018. The 2018-19 FAFSA will be based on 2016 income and 2016 tax return information.

Please check out this information to learn about more ways to pay for college

A Friendly Reminder

Don't forget to apply for general admission to TCC.

The application is free!

Contact Us

Andrea Cobb, Program Navigator