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Bachelor of Social Work

“The faculty that will be teaching the courses in the Social Work program have a combination of experience in teaching, as well as being practitioners in the field.”

- Twyla Lee

 

Overview

The mission of the Social Work program is to prepare social work students for generalist entry-level practice and provide opportunities for students to become world changers who have a desire to integrate personal faith and learning to maximize one's ability to be of service to one's fellow human beings.

Indiana Wesleyan University’s College of Adult and Professional Studies Social Work program is offered online, and is tailored to meet the unique needs/experiences of working adults. It brings IWU’s Christian mission and vision, as well as an accredited Social Work program, to everyone.

Social Work professionals are employed in social service agencies, businesses or organizations working with a wide variety of vulnerable populations.

Indiana Wesleyan University’s program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for over 25 years.

Relevant and Convenient

  • BSW students are eligible for Advanced Standing in an accredited MSW program
  • Cohort groups provide mutual support
  • One-time registration
  • Instructors combine academic credentials with professional expertise
  • Hybrid onsite/online program developing at regional locations.

Virtual Classroom

The virtual classroom is the online version of the on campus Social Work program. Students receive individual attention from instructors, interact with other students, and are part of the IWU community of learners. Through the use of various media, students are able to learn from real world Social Work scenarios and case studies.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Our program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for over 25 years; www.cswe.org, 703-683-8080.

 

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
Pre-Social Work Support Courses 6 Total $398 / credit hour
Social Work 64 Total $398 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

 

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Required Courses for Social Work

PSY-150,SOC-150,SWK-170,SOC-210,BIO-106,BIO-106L,SWK-342,SWK-343,POL-200,ECO-205,SWK-335,SWK-336,MAT-305,SOC-482,SOC-152,SWK-355,SWK-356,SWK-357,SWK-366,SWK-370,SWK-466,SWK-470

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program includes two steps. The first is being admitted as a pre-social work major. Requirements for this step are listed below (#1-4). The second step is admission as a social work major, which is described in #5.

  1. Proof of high school graduation or GED certification
  2. Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at regionally accredited colleges or universities or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  3. A maximum of 40 hours of credit may be earned through the assessed learning process. (The Social Work Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.)
  4. Prior completion of at least 45 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.
  5. During the Introduction to Social Work course an Application to the Social Work Program is introduced. The application is completed in the second social work major course and an interview is completed with the Director of the BSW Program. This is followed by a formal letter of acceptance to the program.

Admission to Field Placement Internships

After all major coursework is completed each student is required to complete a Field Placement or internship in a social service agency. This placement site is arranged by the Director of Field Education in collaboration with each student, aiming to align with the student’s professional goals and development needs. As such, each student will complete a Social Work Field Placement Application along with an updated resume and personal statement. Students will submit their field placement application to the Director of Field Education. The field placement options are discussed and a tentative plan is created for Field Placement based on the student's interest and needs.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.5.
  2. Maintain a minimum 2.7 grade-point average in Social Work Major Courses.
  3. Complete 120 semester hours.
  4. Complete 30 hours of general education.
  5. Completion of a total of 400 supervised hours of field education.
  6. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application

    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts

    College
    Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
    For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.

Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us.

State Licensure Requirements

Because our Social Work program has earned accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which is the national accrediting body for all social work programs in the United States, students can feel confident that the Online Social Work program at Indiana Wesleyan University will prepare them for entry level practice in the field of social work. While the CSWE establishes and maintains national standards for all social work programs, each state reserves the right to establish their own standards for licensure to practice within their state borders. It is important to research and understand the proper licensing requirements for your respective state. The following links, which are organized by state, will be helpful as you seek state licensure for your work in the field of social work.

Licensure Resources by State

Alabama

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.socialwork.alabama.gov

Arizona

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.azbbhe.us/

Arkansas

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.arkansas.gov/swlb

California

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.bbs.ca.gov
IWU is not permitted to offer the bachelor of social work program in California.

Connecticut

IWU is not permitted to offer the bachelor of social work program in Connecticut.

Delaware

Florida

Social Work Licensing Board:
floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/

Georgia

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/counselors

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.idfpr.com/profs/info/SocialWorker.asp

Indiana

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Iowa

Kansas

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.ksbsrb.org

Kentucky

Social Work Licensing Board:
bsw.ky.gov/

Louisiana

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.labswe.org

Maryland

Social Work Licensing Board:
dhmh.state.md.us/bswe

Massachusetts

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/sw/

Minnesota

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.socialwork.state.mn.us

Mississippi

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.swmft.ms.gov/

Missouri

Social Work Licensing Board:
pr.mo.gov/socialworkers.asp

Nevada

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.socwork.nv.gov/

New Hampshire

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.state.nh.us/mhpb

New Jersey

New Mexico

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Social_Work.aspx

New York

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/
IWU is not permitted to offer the bachelor of social work program in New York.

North Carolina

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.ncswboard.org

North Dakota

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.ndbswe.com

Ohio

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.cswmft.ohio.gov

Oklahoma

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.ok.gov/socialworkers

Oregon

Social Work Licensing Board: www.oregon.gov/BLSW/Pages/index.aspx

Pennsylvania

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.dos.state.pa.us/social

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/socialworkers/

Tennessee

Social Work Licensing Board:
health.state.tn.us/Boards/SW/

Texas

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.dshs.state.tx.us/socialwork

Utah

Vermont

Social Work Licensing Board:
vtprofessionals.org/opr1/social_workers/

Virginia

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.dhp.virginia.gov/social/

Washington

Social Work Licensing Board:
1.usa.gov/JSyqyV

District of Columbia

Social Work Licensing Board:
doh.dc.gov/node/161602

West Virginia

Social Work Licensing Board:
www.wvsocialworkboard.org/

Wyoming

Social Work Licensing Board:
plboards.state.wy.us/mentalhealth

Faculty

IWU Social Work faculty members take pride in their individual relationships with their students. We care about each student's progress in not only professional development but also emotional, spiritual, and personal development. Each faculty member purposely stays up to date on current social work practices in order to maximize the effectiveness of classroom teaching.


jessie pablo; MSW, LSW

Director of Field Education, BSW
jessie.pablo@indwes.edu

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robert jesiolowski; MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor, Online Social Work
robert.jesiolowski@indwes.edu

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twyla lee; MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor; Lead Faculty, Director Online Social Work
twyla.lee@indwes.edu

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