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Department of Social Work

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

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Congratulations to our first group of CCDACS graduates!

The Certificate in Clinical Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Studies (CCDACS) prepares students for licensure/certification as substance use disorder and addiction counselors. 

The ETSU Department of Social Work would like to graduate our first cohort of 11 graduates from the CCDACS program! This program was created to address the shortage of substance use specialists, especially in the Appalachian region. CCDACS coordinator Dr. Dottie Greene stated, “The development of the program is a way to help save lives. That’s the bottom line,” Greene said. “It’s paramount that we get our people trained in the midst of this opioid epidemic so that we can save lives in our own back yard.” Find out more about the CCDACS program or read a full press release.

Social work may be the profession for you if you have an interest in social justice, working with people and communities, and creating meaningful social change for vulnerable populations.

Our BSW program is geared toward preparing students to be highly competent generalist practitioners who work with individuals, families, groups, and communities to advance human rights, empower others, and create social change. 

Receiving your bachelor of social work (BSW) will prepare you to work in entry level positions in areas such as mental health, healthcare settings, child and family services, residential treatment, non-profits, and more. Students with a BSW are also able to receive state licensure as a Licensed Bachelor of Social Work (LBSW). Click here to find out more about social work!

Full time BSW programs are offered in Johnson City (main campus), Abingdon, and Sevierville

An internship is included in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year, culminating in field experiences where students practice competencies and receive professional training. 

A bachelors degree in Social Work is also advantageous for any individuals interested in psychotherapy and clinical social work, as an accredited BSW degree makes you eligible to apply for a 1-year advanced standing master's program (as opposed to the traditional 2-year program).

To find out more about social work, we encourage you to take Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 1010) or contact an advisor.

For information on applying to the BSW program, click here 

Interested in a social work minor? Find out more here.

ETSU's MSW program's mission is to provide professional preparation and training to prepare students for advanced clinical social work.


The MSW program provides a comprehensive and virgorous curriculum that prepares students to utilize person-in-environment frameworks and evidenced-informed techniques to develop clinical skills to work with individuals, groups, and communities in a variety of settings. Whether you are interested in clinical social work, non-profit leadership, or creating systemic social change, ETSU's MSW program combines research-informed coursework and in-depth internships (16-24 hours per week) to meet your career goals. 

ETSU's MSW program has been continually accredited since 2003. Graduates are eligible to work towards licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). 

Find out more about the curriculum options or apply now!


Program Options are available at the following locations:

  • Johnson City (Part-time and Full-time; Advanced Standing & Traditional)
  • Asheville (Part-time only; Advanced Standing & Traditional)
  • Abingdon, VA (Part-time only; Advanced Standing & Traditional)
  • Southwest Virginia - Pounding Mill, Galax, and Norton (Part-time only; Advanced Standing & Traditional; Interactive Video)
  • Sevierville (Part-time only; Advanced Standing & Traditional; Interactive Video)

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