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Master of Social Work

Department of Social Work

Application deadline for the Abingdon Cohort is March 1st, 2018. Apply Now!


In an effort to make our programming more accessible to the people of the region we share, we are pleased to offer the traditional MSW program in Abingdon, Virginia at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center beginning in the summer of 2017.  The traditional MSW program is designed for individuals seeking to pursue a career in social work without an undergraduate degree in social work.

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. 

This effort to provide easily accessible classroom instruction is combined with a select menu of online courses and every effort to provide field education (internship) opportunities in the immediate locales where students live or work. Off-site classes are typically taught by the same full- and part-time faculty who teach courses on the main ETSU campus in Johnson City, TN, with intended learning outcomes identical to program counterparts.

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

Rana Duncan-Daston  

Rana  Duncan-Daston, MSW, EdD 
Clinical Associate Professor/Abingdon Coordinator
SWVA Higher Edu. Ctr.


Plan of Study
(63 credit hours)


Summer 2017
SOWK 5102 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 credits)
SOWK 5103 - Social Work Practice I (3 credits)

Fall 2017
SOWK 5202 - Human Behavior in the Social Env II (3 credits.)
SOWK 5203 - Social Work Practice II (3 credits)

Spring 2018
SOWK 5104 - Social Welfare Policy (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 5205 - Social Work Research I (3 credits)



Summer 2018
SOWK 5101 – Multicultural Practice (3 credits)
SOWK 5403 - Psychopathology (3 credits)


Fall 2018
SOWK 5303 - Advanced Practice with Individuals (3 credits)
SOWK 5106 - Foundation Field Practicum I (4 credits)                               


Spring 2019
SOWK 5305 - Personal Practice Eval (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 5206 - Foundation Field Practicum II (4 credits)



Summer 2019
SOWK 5323 - Advanced Practice with Group (3 credits)
SOWK 5xxx - Advanced Practice Elective (online, 3 credits)


Fall 2019
SOWK 5313 - Advanced Practice with Families (3 credits)
SOWK 5306 - Advanced Field Practicum I (4 credits)

Spring 2020
SOWK 5403 - Advanced Practice with Human Services Organizations (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 5406 - Advanced Field Practicum II (6 credits)


Required floating elective (3 credits) in addition to the scheduled elective in Summer 2019.  Student chooses semester, course and delivery (online or face-to-face).  Approval by advisor is required.


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