BSW Field Director
A generalist Social Work curriculum is based on the values and ethics of the social work profession. Critical components of professional social work practice include a commitment to social and economic justice, valuing the importance of human relationships, and honoring the dignity and worth of human beings. Once admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work Program, students study human behavior, research, social work practice, and social welfare policy. An emphasis is placed on utilizing critical thinking skills in work with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
Our NKU Social Work prgrams are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Students complete a selective admission process (this is different from the general NKU Admissions process) for full acceptance into NKU’s BSW Social Work Program. Students may declare social work as a major when admitted into NKU; this will provide the foundation for general studies so that students can prepare to meet the criteria to receive invitation to move forward into the formal BSW admission process. Students are invited to complete the admission application in the earliest semester that they meet the requirements as presented below. Applications are accepted in all semesters. The requirements to receive invitation for admission are as follows:
OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A BSW PROGRAM:
Students majoring in social work have an outstanding opportunity to apply for the Public Child Welfare Certification Program. This is a collaborative program that involves the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and eleven Kentucky universities. The program is designed to prepare social work students for employment in the field of child protective services upon graduation. If selected for the program, students will receive fully paid tuition (at the in-state rate) and a $1,300 stipend per semester for up to 4 semesters. Students will receive exceptional training, as well as participate in a comprehensive practicum experience with the Cabinet prior to graduation. Applications are accepted for admission during the Spring and Fall Semesters.
The University Training Consortium includes the Public Child Welfare Certification Program. The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP)has been part of a statewide collaboration between the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and 11 Kentucky universities for over 20 years. Students who are interested in working with children and families should consider applying for this great opportunity. The benefits of the program include fully paid tuition, a stipend, and specialized training while earning your BSW. Upon graduation, the students will be required to maintain employment with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Service, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) for a minimum of two years.
Students will apply for the program the semester before they have at least 3 and not more than 4 semesters to complete prior to graduation. A completed application, background checks, essays, transcripts and references are required as well as participating in an interview for acceptance. Students should contact their advisor to be sure of their graduation date is accurate and request their advisor to send a PCWCP referral to the site coordinator. Applications are accepted in Fall and Spring semester.
Up to 4 semesters of fully paid tuition (at in state rate)
$1300 stipend per semester
Specialized course work in child welfare
A comprehensive practicum with KY DCBS
Assistance in applying for employment with DCBS upon graduation
Support and mentoring throughout the program
Upon admission to program must be a full-time BSW major
Overall cumulative GPA minimum of 2.5
Social Work GPA minimum of 3.0
Must receive no less than a B in the two required PCWCP classes
Must receive no less than a B in Practicum
Must participate in program at least 3 and not more than 4 semesters
Must participate in required trainings
A commitment to working in public child welfare service
For more information regarding PCWCP please go to www.pcwcp.eku.edu
BSW majors who are interested in finding out more about this unique opportunity should contact:
Dr. Suk-hee Kim
NKU PCWCP Site Coordinator
Social work has never been in greater demand than it is today. Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations (BLS, 2020).
There are a wide variety of jobs for social workers, such as school social work, hospitals, aging, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and family services. A career in social work is one with great job mobility and opportunities. A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares graduates for licensure and a Master of Social degree (MSW), increasing employment and salary opportunities.
To schedule a BSW advising appointment, please contact the appropriate advisor according to the number of credit hours that you have earned:
Freshman Advisors: (0-29 earned hours)
Nick Pflum at firstname.lastname@example.org and
Robin Lester at email@example.com.
Sophomore-Senior Advisor: (30-120+ earned hours) Deborah Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are an active part in selecting their field placement. Unlike other BSW programs, the NKU BSW program allow students to select their field experience at an agency approved by the BSW Field Director. We encourage students to select an agency where they desire to work after graduation, as many are offered a job from their field experience.
Students are encouraged to enhance their professional networks through membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) student organization and participation in service learning and community service activities.