Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work Overview

Yelando Johnson

Dr. Yelando Johnson, EdD, LMSW, MBA

Social Work Divisional Chair 

Welcome to the new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at Newman University! We know you have many choices in your education and am pleased that you have chosen us. Our program offers an empowering experience that prepares students with skills for broad, entry-level, generalist social work practice. Whether you are taking classes on-ground, blended, or online through our Wichita campus, you will find an engaged faculty offering you the opportunity to learn from their extensive practice skills and knowledge all while bringing an array of experiences and diversity to our program.

Social Work is not just a job, it is a helping profession rooted in dedicating oneself to continuous growth, learning, change and becoming the best version of yourself. Social workers build their identities in order to honor and support people and communities and work to improve conditions in the world around us.

At Newman University, we are proud to introduce a Bachelor of Social Work program that is tailored to 21st Century students. Offering contemporary Generalist programming, our students will be inspired to develop passion for the profession as well as learn from concentrations in Social Justice-Social Services with Diverse Populations and Substance Abuse that is relevant and necessary for Social Work today.

BSW Application Steps

BSW Mission

"To prepare thoughtful, reflective, and compassionate generalist social work practitioners who are committed to professional ethics and values, service to others, and the promotion of peace, justice and human rights; inclusive of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities."

The School of Social Work is committed to upholding the following values and ethical standards:

  • Respecting the belief, dignity, and worth of all individuals
  • Preparing students to serve in a wide array of career fields including social, economic, environmental welfare, and justice
  • Practicing with integrity and competence

Professional Licensure Disclosure 

For students considering an academic program, whether online or campus based as a pathway to professional credential in any field:

Newman University recommends that you contact the appropriate state credentialing board in the state in which you reside or wish to be employed, prior to beginning a course of study to determine whether the program you are considering will meet that state’s credentialing requirements.  We cannot confirm whether the Newman University program meets requirements for professional credentialing in states outside of Kansas.

If you need assistance in contacting the appropriate state credentialing board or for questions regarding your program of study, please contact BSW Program Director Yelando Johnson 316.942.4291 Ext. 2326 [email protected]

Accreditation Info

Per the requirement of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation's (COA) recognizing body, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and accreditation standard 4.0.3, programs must post Form AS-4 (B) publicly on its website and routinely up-date (minimally every 2 years) its findings.

Newman University's BSW (generalist practice) assessment plan and data are available by selecting the corresponding button below.

Click to View the 2021-2022 Form AS-4(B) Assessment Data


About Our Faculty

School of Social Work

Our high achieving faculty are passionate about Social Work education. Each student in the program will benefit from their practice interests and experience in mental and behavioral health, medical social work and health and wellness, families and children, domestic violence and justice systems, community development, gerontology, social and economic justice, technology, research, and policy and program development.

Career Outlook

While pursuing a degree in social work, you can expect a promising future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the social work field is projected to grow 9% between 2021 and 2031 -- faster than the national average. The BSW program aims to prepare students to meet the expected demand for the field of social work.


A degree in social work will allow you to work in various fields and specialties related to social work. Here are some examples of potential careers in Social Work:

  • Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Community Organizers 
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Adoption Specialist


Our Catholic university has partnerships with more than 40 public and private agencies as well as other service providers in Wichita and the surrounding areas where you can practice working in areas including addiction, children and adolescents, and criminal justice. We're adding new providers every year as our online programming grows.

Get Involved on Campus

One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Our students can join the Social Work Student Association within our social work program. This organization allows for personal growth, networking, and future career success.

Program Outcomes 

Kenneth Kent'18

Kenneth Kent

All the professors are wonderful, they're very approachable. Not once did I feel put down. Fantastic... I can't say it any other way — it was fantastic.


Dylan Van Dorien '18

I expected a close community and that's really what I got, and I got a faculty that really, really cared.

Dean of the School of Education and Social Work
School of Education and Social Work
316-942-4291 ext. 2251
Cell: 620-272-7281
Office: MN100
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Associate Professor
School of Social Work
316-942-4291 ext. 2190
Office: MN121
|Social Work
Dir of MSW Program, Assoc Professor & Div Chair for Social Work
School of Social Work
316-942-4291 ext. 2326
Office: MN106
|Social Work
Program Coordinator for the School of Social Work
School of Social Work
316-942-4291 ext. 2216
Office: MN119
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Instructor of Social Work and Director of Field Education
School of Social Work
316-942-4291 ext. 2183
Office: MN117
|Social Work
Assist Professor of Social Work and Interim Dir of BSW Program
School of Social Work
316-942-4291 ext. 2285
Office: MN118
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