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BSW Certificates

Certificates prepare students for specialized areas of social work where accelerated job growth is taking place.  Students complete a series of focused and interrelated set of courses designed to enhance learning in a specific interest area.  The courses can be interdisciplinary or from a single field.

Certificate Options


Completion of three courses (9 credits) with a C or better:

  • SOCW 240 Death & Dying
  • SOCW 315 Social Services for Older Adults
  • SOCW 417 Dementia Care for Older Adults

SOCW 240 Death & Dying (3 credits). This course focuses on various aspects of death and dying. Examines different types of death, impact of death throughout the lifespan, cultural beliefs and practices regarding death and dying, grief, healing after loss, legal and ethical issues related to death, and the roll of social workers at the end of life. Students examine their own thoughts, values, feeling, and beliefs about death and dying. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Social & Behavioral Science- Social Science

SOCW 315 Social Services for Older Adults (3 credits). Focus on the aging process, special needs of older adults, and the role of social work in addressing these needs. All levels of social work intervention are considered, direct practice with older persons and their families, service delivery systems in local communities, and state and national policies. Special attention is given to the needs of caregivers, person-centered care, diverse vulnerable populations and resources for older adults to age in place. Can be taken by BSW majors and Social Work Minors. Approved elective for Social Work Minors.

SOCW 417 Dementia Care for Older Adults (3 credits undergrad, 4 credits grad). Equips students with a body of knowledge to supervise, participate in, and facilitate care for persons with dementia throughout the lifespan. Upon completion of course, students are eligible for certification as approved dementia care trained practitioners. Develops social work practice skills; including dementia care interventions and assessments. Special attention is given to working with vulnerable populations and their caregivers through service learning site opportunities and assignments. The course uses an integrated health and person-center care approach. Prior completion of SOCW 315 or other Introduction to Aging course is strongly recommended. Enrollment restricted to BSW majors and MSW students. Approved Elective for BSW majors.

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