West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Absolutely. West Chester's MSW direct practice curriculum prepares students for all levels of social work practice, including clinical work. In fact, we strongly believe that our program is designed to provide students with the most comprehensive foundation from which to pursue professional clinical practice. Students acquire clinical experiences obtained through field placements coupled with the theoretical background provided in advanced courses targeting individuals, families, communities, and mental health assessments.
Many students who are interested in clinical practice enroll in advanced training or certificate programs in specific aspects of practice. Others take clinical courses to fulfill the continuing education requirements for licensure.
To pursue advanced clinical work, students from all accredited social work programs must seek clinical licensure which requires two years of full time clinical work experience (about 3,000 hours) under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker before qualifying to sit for the clinical-level licensing exam. Students from MSW programs with clinical "concentrations" must follow these same licensing requirements.
The MSW Program currently offers electives in a number of emerging and important social work practice areas, including child welfare, social work in disasters, social work with older adults, substance abuse, and social work with veterans and military families. More electives are in development.
Yes. There are several electives in other departments that are available to MSW students with approval from both the course instructor and the program director.
Yes. Many students take one or two electives over the summer.
Yes. Students graduating from the MSW Program feel that the coursework prepared them well for the licensing exam. We also offer exam preparation seminars during the semester before graduation.
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Many of our students work in addition to attending graduate school. We recommend that full-time students, along with part-time students in their second and third years, limit work to 20 hours per week to allow for sufficient time to complete field work and course assignments.
Given the personal nature of the West Chester University program, students have unique opportunities to work with faculty on many different types of projects. Faculty members have collaborated with students on a variety of research projects, frequently presenting their findings with the students at regional, national, and international conventions.
Here are some examples: