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Exciting news! The BSW program at GMercyU — which can put you on a path to becoming a social worker — has been approved by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation to enter the third and final stage of the accreditation process, with anticipated accreditation in early 2020.*
Check out the second edition of the Bachelor of Social Work Newsletter to learn more about the program!
*We anticipate a positive accreditation review in early 2020.
GMercyU’s planned BSW degree will be a practical, hands-on program for those who want to dedicate their lives to helping others. As a student in GMercyU’s social work degree program, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed for generalist social work focused on economic and social justice concerns, ranging from homelessness to community violence, substance abuse, organizational diversity, and child welfare, to name a few.
Offered through the School of Arts and Sciences, the Bachelor's in Social Work degree will provide a holistic approach to addressing the social and economic needs of individuals and communities in urban, suburban and rural areas.
Once you complete your BSW degree at GMercyU and pass your Pennsylvania social work exam, you'll be eligible to apply for licensure through the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Counselors.
Other benefits of choosing our social work program at GMercyU include:
*Gwynedd Mercy University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program was granted Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Educations’ Commission on Accreditation.
Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
When you begin your BSW degree program you will be in pre-candidacy. To enter Candidacy, you will need to:
Provided you meet the above requirements, you will be able to enter Candidacy as early as the first semester of your sophomore year in the social work program. More detailed information on the candidacy application process will be provided by your advisor.
In addition to required general education courses, BSW students must complete the following courses in order to earn their bachelors in social work.
|SWK201||Introduction to Social Work|
|SWK202||Human Behavior in the Social Environment|
|SWK203||Difference and Diversity|
|SWK204||Marriage and Family Systems|
|SWK205||Human Behavior and the Social Environment II|
|SWK301||Generalist Social Work Practice|
|SWK302||Counseling and Communication Skills|
|SWK304||Social Work Policy and Administration|
|SWK401||Mental Health Practice|
|SWK402||Social Work Research Methods|
|SWK403||Field Placement I (5 credits)|
|SWK404||Field Seminar I (1 credit)|
|SWK405||Field Placement II (5 credits)|
|SWK406||Field Seminar II (1 credit)|
|SWK306||Death and Dying|
|SWK307||Issues in Gerontology|
|SWK308||Addictions, Dynamics and Interventions|
|SWK408||Advanced Research Methods|
|PSY100||Introduction to Psychology|
|SOC100||Introduction to Sociology|
A minimum of 120 credits is required for the bachelors in social work (BSW) degree.
This social work program requires a criminal background check and may require certain immunizations and other clearances in order to participate in field experiences.
See the undergraduate catalog (PDF) for more information and course descriptions.
Once the program receives CSWE accreditation, graduates of GMercyU’s BSW program will have the eligibility for advanced standing in CSWE masters programs, which will take a full year off the time to complete your masters of social work (MSW). You may also choose to pursue a graduate degree in pastoral counseling, school counseling, clinical counseling, and applied behavioral sciences. GMercyU offers an accelerated master of school counseling.
Job growth in the field of social work is expected to grow by 12% between 2014- and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is higher than average for all careers. Some social work careers, such as health care social workers and substance abuse counselors, are expected to grow at ever higher rates, making a social work degree an excellent choice if you’re looking for a rewarding career in a growing field.
|Occupational Title||2015 Median Pay||Anticipated Job Growth|
|Health Educators and Community Health Workers||$43,840||13%|
|Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists||$43,190||19%|
|Social and Human Services Assistants||$30,830||11%|
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||$39,980||22%|
Family Support Worker
Child Abuse Worker
Social Service liaison
Social Work Assistant
Adult Day Care Worker
Drug Abuse Counselor
Life Skills Instructor
To register a complaint, please contact: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at https://www.cswe.org/Events-Meetings/APM-Archives/2016-APM/Continuing-Education/Procedures-for-Complaint-and-Grievance-Management.
Social Service Aide
Crisis Intervention Counselor
Social Service Tech
Community Outreach Worker
Rehabilitation Case Worker
Community Action Worker
Juvenile Court Liaison
Halfway House Counselor
Group Home Worker
This is not a complete list and is not meant to limit you. Some careers require advanced education.