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Bachelor of Social Work Program

Department of Social Work

BSW Cohorts

Bachelor of Social Work Program Cohort Information

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Cohort Model

The cohort design provides an opportunity to complete the major requirements of the BSW degree in a convenient off-campus setting. The timing and format of courses are ideal for busy students who may not be able to complete the degree in a traditional way. Students entering the two-year, distance education program can expect to receive the identical education that students normally experience on the main campus. An assigned faculty advisor meets with each student every semester. The cohort selects representatives to act as liaisons with the BSW Student Association and the Coordinator/Director of Off Campus Programming, Dr. Rana Duncan-Daston().



Students applying to distance education cohort programs are selected using the same criteria established and used for students on the Johnson City campus. Students must apply for admission to ETSU and declare social work as the major. A nonrefundable application fee of $25.00 along with an official transcript from every college or university where you have previously taken classes is expected.
For complete admission requirements, guidelines, and to apply online, please visit the ETSU Admissions webpage at
Additionally, students interested in a cohort program should contact the BSW program to express interest in the cohort. Cohort students must have completed the majority of general education courses and specific prerequisite courses outlined in the curriculum section below.


Program Admission

Social work is a professional program of education and training and therefore requires admission into the program. This second level of admission takes place during the semester students are enrolled in SOWK 3000 Human Behavior. This will be during the first semester in the cohort. The applications are due by September 15. Admission to the program is required before students are permitted to take upper-level practice courses. See the Admissions Requirements for more information.



The plan of study will consist of a total of 48 credit hours. Classes will be a combination of in class meetings and online. Generally, students will meet two days a week for classes and have other courses online. During the last two semesters students will complete a field placement which will involve working for an agency approximately 16 hours a week.
This plan of study is designed for students that have completed the majority of general education course requirements for the bachelor's degree and are at junior-level status. A listing of requirements for the BSW degree can be viewed in the college catalog here.

The following courses are pre-requisites for the BSW program:

  • SOWK 1010 - Introduction to Social Work
  • Biology Course with Lab (4 credit hours of Science Core requirement- choice of selected courses)
  • HDAL 2310 - Developmental Life Span Psychology
  • PSCI 1120 - Introduction to American Government

A total of 120 credit hours are required for a bachelor's degree at ETSU. A minimum of 50 credit hours must be completed at four-year colleges or universities (excluding community colleges). A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at ETSU.

BSW Student Handbook

Abingdon, VA - Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is conveniently located near Exit 14 off Interstate 81 in Abingdon, Virginia.  SVHEC is a state of the art facility with comfortable classrooms and nearby restaurants and cultural attractions. 

ETSU’s BSW Program is certified to operate by SCHEV. 

Abingdon Intent to Enroll Form

Abingdon 2017 Cohort Flyer

Sevierville, TN - ETSU at Sevierville

ETSU at Sevierville is located at 2025 Red Bank Rd; Sevierville, TN 37862. The facility will house 11 academic programs.  A BSW cohort will be part of the degree offerings in Fall 2017. Please click here for more information about ETSU at Sevierville

Sevierville Intent to Enroll Form

Sevierville 2017 Cohort Flyer

Kingsport, TN - Kingsport Center for Higher Education

The Kingsport Center for Higher Education is located at 300 West Market Street in Kingsport, Tennessee. A BSW cohort will be part of the degree offerings in Fall 2017.

Kingsport Intent to Enroll Form

Kingsport 2017 Cohort Flyer

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