Bates Technical College

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Bates Technical College is a two-year technical college that offers Associate of Technology degrees and professional certificates. The college is located in the city of Tacoma and is the largest public technical college in the entire state of Washington. While the majority of the programs at Bates are career-oriented, several of its associate degrees will enable student to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Bates has also established articulation agreements with several four-year universities in the regional, whereby ensuring its student will be accepted upon graduation.

In addition to its main campus on South Yakima Avenue, Bates has two other campuses in the Tacoma area. In all, Bates Technical College has over 640,000 square feed of building space that is used for labs, meetings, administration offices, student classroms, and other support facilities.

General Information

Admission Office

1101 South Yakima Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98405

(253) 680-7002

Contact: Steve Ashpole

Admissions Director
Main Address

1101 South Yakima Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98405

(253) 680-7000

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,437


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $59

Admissions Policies/Requirements

COMPASS required for admission.

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural Technology A,C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Fashion Design C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biotechnology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting Technology A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Marketing Management A,C
Retailing A,C
Vehicle Parts/Accessories Marketing C
Warehousing/Inventory Management C

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General A,C
Photographic/Film Technology C
Radio/Television Broadcasting A,C
Recording Arts Technology C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,C
Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Support Specialist A,C
Database Management A,C
Information Technology A,C
Web/Multimedia Design A,C
Web/Multimedia Management A,C
Wireless and advanced communications technology A,C

Construction Trades

Boat building A,C
Building/Property Maintenance A,C
Carpentry A,C
Construction Trades – General A,C
Electrician A,C
Metal Building Assembly A,C


Early Childhood Education A,C


Architectural Engineering A
Civil Engineering A
Electrical/Communications Engineering A
Mechanical Engineering A
Surveying Engineering A
Textile Sciences/Engineering A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Drafting A,C
Architectural Engineering Technology C
Automotive Engineering Technology C
Biomedical Engineering Technology A,C
CAD/CADD Drafting/Design C
Civil Drafting/Civil Engineering A,C
Civil Engineering/Technology C
Computer Engineering A,C
Computer Hardware C
Computer Software C
Computer Systems C
Drafting and Design Technology C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Electrical/Electronics Drafting A,C
Electromechanical Technologies A,C
Engineering Technology – General A,C
Industrial Safety A,C
Mechanical Drafting C
Mechanical Engineering Technology A,C
Surveying Technology A,C

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Service C
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies C
Institutional Food Production A,C
Textile Science C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Dental Assistance A,C
Dental Laboratory Technology A,C
Medical Administrative Assistance C
Medical Transcription C
Nursing – Practical A,C

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A,C

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair A,C
Automotive Technology A,C
Communications Systems A,C
Diesel Mechanics A,C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C
Heavy Equipment Maintenance A
Industrial Electronics A,C
Mechanics & Repair – General A,C
Small Engine Mechanics/Repair A,C

Personal & Culinary Services

Barbering C
Cosmetology A,C
Culinary Arts/Related Services A,C
Food Prep/Professional Cooking C
Institutional Food Service C
Personal & Culinary Services – General A,C

Precision Production Trades

CabinetmakingMillwork A,C
Machine Tool Technology A,C
Sheet Metal Technology A,C
Welding Technology A,C

Science Technologies

Biology Technician A,C

Security & Protective Services

Fire Protection/Safety Technology A,C
Fire Science/Firefighting A,C
Fire Services Administration A,C

Transportation & Materials Moving

Transportation & Materials Moving – General C
Truck/Bus/Commercial Vehicle Operation C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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