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Social Work - Advanced Standing

The Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing program offers a shortened curriculum path to those who already hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program and who otherwise qualify.  Advanced Standing students must complete 34 credit hours to earn the Master of Social Work degree. Courses emphasize clinical topics and trauma competent practice.  Advanced Standing students may start the MSW program in either the summer or fall semester.

New Trauma-Competent Practice Curriculum

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 launched 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

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Course Delivery

All courses are 16-weeks long 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 in the afternoons, evenings 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 plan

Advanced Standing Courses
First Semester -- Summer
SWK 7443 Crisis Intervention (3)
SWK 6883 Elective (3) [taken now or during Fourth 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)
SWK 6883 Elective (3) [taken now or during First Semester]

Fifth Semester -- Fall
SWK 7225 Field Practicum 3 (4)
SWK 7226 Integrative Seminar 3 (1)

Sixth Semester -- Spring
SWK 7590 Comprehensive Seminar (3)
SWK 7235 Field Practicum 4 (4)
SWK 7236 Integrative Seminar 4 (1)

Required Courses - Full-time plan

Advanced Standing Courses
First Semester -- Summer

SWK 7443 Crisis Intervention (3)
SWK 6883 Elective (3) 

Second Semester -- Fall
SWK 7303 Clinical Practice I (3)
SWK 7403 Assessment and Diagnosis (3)
SWK 7453 Intro to Trauma Competencies (3)
SWK 7225 Field Practicum 3 (4)
SWK 7226 Integrative Seminar 3 (1)

Third Semester -- Spring
SWK 7463 Advanced Trauma Competencies (3)
SWK 7713 Clinical Practice II (3)
SWK 7590 Comprehensive Seminar (3)
SWK 7235 Field Practicum 4 (4)
SWK 7236 Integrative Seminar 4 (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 medical facilities, schools, community mental health centers, family service agencies, correctional facilities, programs for the elderly, children's services, substance abuse programs, military and veterans services and women’s programs, among many others. 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. 

The Specialist Level/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).

 

 

[revised 11-11-19]