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Bachelor of Social Work Program

Department of Social Work

BSW Cohorts

BSW Cohort Information

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 ().


 University Admission

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 https://www.etsu.edu/admissions/
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 October 1st. Admission to the program is required before students are permitted to take upper-level practice courses. See the Admissions Requirements for more information.


Curriculum

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

BSW Abingdon Cohort

The BSW Abingdon Cohort is offered in Abingdon, VA at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). 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. 

Curriculum


FIRST YEAR CURRICULUM

Fall
SOWK 1020 - Professional Values and Ethics (3 credits)
SOWK 1030 - Cultural Diversity (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 1100 - Social Service Resources (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 3000 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 3300 - Interviewing and Recording (3 credits)

Spring
SOWK 3310 - Practice with Individuals (3 credits)
SOWK 3210 - Social Work Research (3 credits)
SOWK 3430 - Social Welfare Policy (online, 3 credits)
SOWK Elective - (online, 3 credits)
Elective or General Education Course (if needed)

SECOND YEAR CURRICULUM

Fall
SOWK 4330 - Practice with Organizations & Communities (3 credits)
SOWK 4451 - Field Education Practicum I (3 credits)
SOWK 4454 - Field Education Seminar I (2 credits
SOWK Elective - (online, 3 credits)
Elective or General Education Course (if needed)

Spring
SOWK 4340 - Practice with Families and Groups (3 credits)
SOWK 4452 - Field Education Practicum II (4 credits)
SOWK 4455 - Field Education Seminar II (2 credits)
Elective or General Education Course (if needed)

Admissions

To reserve your seat in the cohort please return your Intent to Enroll form by July 15, 2018. You must also apply to ETSU through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and become fully admitted to the university prior to beginning the cohort in the fall. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Rana Duncan-Daston at  

Accepting admission to the cohort means that you are committing to continue in Abingdon for the full two years. However, this does not mean that you are fully accepted to the BSW Program. You will need to formally apply to the program during by October 1st in the Fall term of your Junior Year for full admission. See our Admissions page for more information. 

Virginia Child Welfare Stipend for BSW Students
The Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP) is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services and five public state universities in Virginia, including the ETSU Abingdon Cohort. 

This specialized training program, funded through title IV-E of the Social Security Act, prepares BSW students for a career in public child welfare.

Students accepted into this program receive a $10,000 stipend per academic year. In exchange for the stipend and extensive child welfare training, the stipend recipient must commit to work at a Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) within the state of Virginia in foster care or adoption, repaying each academic year of funding with one calendar year of work. This employment obligation must begin within six (6) months of graduation.

Click here for more information or contact Dr. Duncan-Daston at dastonr@etsu.edu

BSW Sevierville Cohort

The BSW Sevierville Cohort is offered in Sevierville, TN at the ETSU Sevierville Center. The Sevierville Center is a convenient facility that offers degree completion for residents of Sevier county and surrounding areas. 

Contact:

Tiffany Presnell, LCSW
Sevierville Cohort Coordinator
 

Curriculum


FIRST YEAR CURRICULUM

Fall
SOWK 1020 - Professional Values and Ethics (3 credits)
SOWK 1030 - Cultural Diversity (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 1100 - Social Service Resources (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 3000 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment (online, 3 credits)
SOWK 3300 - Interviewing and Recording (3 credits)

Spring
SOWK 3310 - Practice with Individuals (3 credits)
SOWK 3210 - Social Work Research (3 credits)
SOWK 3430 - Social Welfare Policy (online, 3 credits)
SOWK Elective - (online, 3 credits)
Elective or General Education Course (if needed)

SECOND YEAR CURRICULUM

Fall
SOWK 4330 - Practice with Organizations & Communities (3 credits)
SOWK 4451 - Field Education Practicum I (3 credits)
SOWK 4454 - Field Education Seminar I (2 credits
SOWK Elective - (online, 3 credits)
Elective or General Education Course (if needed)

Spring
SOWK 4340 - Practice with Families and Groups (3 credits)
SOWK 4452 - Field Education Practicum II (4 credits)
SOWK 4455 - Field Education Seminar II (2 credits)
Elective or General Education Course (if needed)

Admissions


To reserve your seat in the cohort please return your Intent to Enroll form by July 15, 2018. You must also apply to ETSU through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and become fully admitted to the university prior to beginning the cohort in the fall. If you have questions, please contact Tiffany Presnell at .

Accepting admission to the cohort means that you are committing to continue in Sevierville for the full two years. However, this does not mean that you are fully accepted to the BSW Program. You will need to formally apply to the program during by October 1st in the Fall term of your Junior Year for full admission. See our Admissions page for more information. 

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