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Social Work - Advanced Standing

 

The Advanced Standing Program

The Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing program offers a shortened curriculum path to those who already hold Bachelor of Social Work degrees from a CSWE-accredited program and who otherwise qualify.

The Curriculum* New Trauma-Competent Practice

The Master of Social Work curriculum has been redesigned to prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career where you can be the Difference with a Degree of Difference. The revised curriculum will launch in the fall of 2018 and is based on clinical and trauma competencies to fully prepare you to deliver responsive, 21st century practice. 

Visit the University Catalog page for the most up-to-date curriculum requirements

Advanced Standing* students must complete 34 credit hours.  Courses emphasize clinical and trauma competent practice.
* Advanced Standing - Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program.

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Course Delivery

All courses are 16-week and taught on-campus.  Classes are offered with a blend of classroom instruction, face-to-face activities, simulations and field placements in community social service agencies. 

Wichita Campus:  Classes are offered during the day and in the evening.

Colorado Springs Campus:  Classes are offered afternoon, evening and occasional weekends. 
 
To view class schedules, use the link to the Interactive Course Schedule below.  Select the Term (semester) and Department (Social Work).  Colorado Springs courses are indicated with "CSPC" in the Location column. 
Course descriptions can be viewed using the link to the online course catalog starting on page 185.  The curriculum sequence (Required courses) for part-time and full-time students is provided below.

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Required Courses - Part-time

Specialist Level
First Semester — Summer
SWK 7443 Crisis Intervention (3)
Elective (3) [taken now or during Ninth Semester]

Second Semester — Fall
SWK 7703 Clinical Practice I (3)
SWK 7403 Assessment and Diagnosis (3)

Third Semester — Spring
SWK 7453 Intro to Trauma Competencies (3)
SWK 7713 Clinical Practice II (3)

Fourth Semester — Summer
SWK 7603 Into to Trauma Competencies (3)
Elective (3) [taken now or during Sixth Semester]

Fifth Semester – Fall
SWK 8405 Field Practicum 3 (4)
SWK 8501 Integrative Seminar 3 (1)

Sixth Semester — Spring
SWK 8903 Comp. Seminar (3)
SWK 8705 Field Practicum 4 (4)
SWK 8801 Integrative Seminar (1)

Required Courses - Full-time

Specialist Level/Advanced Standing Courses:

First Semester — Summer
SWK 7443 Crisis Intervention (3)
Elective (3) [taken now or during Ninth Semester]

Second Semester — Fall
SWK 7303 Clinical Practice I (3)
SWK 7403 Assessment and Diagnosis (3)
SWK 7453 Intro to Trauma Competencies (3)
SWK 8405 Field Practicum 3 (4)
SWK 8501 Integrative Seminar 3 (1)

Third Semester — Spring
SWK 7463 Advanced Trauma Competencies (3)
SWK 7713 Clinical Practice II (3)
SWK 8903 Comp. Seminar (3)
SWK 8705 Field Practicum 4 (4)
SWK 8801 Integrative Seminar (1)

FIELD PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE

The field practicum is an integral part of the MSW program. The practicum provides a laboratory for students to demonstrate mastery of social work skills. Multiple placement opportunities are available, including hospitals, schools, community mental health centers, family service agencies, hospice programs, correctional facilities, programs for the elderly, children’s services, substance abuse programs and women’s shelters programs. Students are supervised by agency-based social workers with consultation by a faculty liaison.  Integrative Seminars further assist students in merging classroom and practicum experience. 

Specialist-Year and Advanced Standing Practicum consists of 20 hours per week over 31 weeks during the academic year for a total of 640 clock hours (620 hours in the field agency and 20 hours in the Integrative Seminars).