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First MU/Temple MSW students complete program
08-29-12

The students graduated Aug. 18.
The Department of Social Work at Misericordia University and Temple University Harrisburg awarded Master of Social Work degrees to its first graduating class during a ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall on the Back Mountain campus.

Fifteen Temple University MSW degrees were awarded to the following students Jessica Balkan, West Pittston, Pa.; Krista Bartosch, Taylor, Pa.; Jeremy Bragalone, Hazleton, Pa.; James Crossan, Pen Argyl, Pa.; Hope Danishanko, Nanticoke, Pa.; Nicole Federici, Wyoming, Pa.; Stephanie Fischer, Hanover Township, Pa.; Grant Greenberg, Dallas, Pa.; Rosalyn Hnasko, Hazleton, Pa.; Marguerite MacDougall, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Jeffrey McCabe, Exeter, Pa.; Emily Monczewski, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Alyson Neely, Plymouth, Pa.; Jessica Rosencrans, Dallas, Pa., and Amy Thomas, Kingston, Pa.

The Department of Social Work at Misericordia University and Temple University Harrisburg announced the collaborative effort to provide a Temple University MSW degree program on the Misericordia campus in January 2011.

The Temple University MSW in clinical social work practice is offered in a part-time format in two programs on the campus of Misericordia University in Dallas. The 60-credit MSW is available for working professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and wish to pursue a social work degree. Students can complete the program in as little as three years.

The 34.5 credit Advanced Standing Program is tailored for students who have graduated over the last five years with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited institution of higher education. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

The Misericordia University-based Temple MSW program meets one night a week and every other Saturday on campus to provide individuals the opportunity to complete the requirements for the MSW degree while maintaining employment. The summer sessions are hybrid courses offered primarily online. The Misericordia program is unique because it offers students the opportunity to integrate necessary coursework to receive both a master’s degree and certification from the Misericordia University Geriatric Care Management Program.

There is a critical need for social work professionals with an MSW. Professionals who hold an MSW in clinical social work practice can operate their own practice and insurance companies recognize these professionals as third party providers for mental health, counseling and case management services. The advanced degreed professionals can also work in human resources, social service agencies, the legal system, private agencies, professional development, nonprofit agencies, mediation and more.

The Misericordia University-based MSW with Temple Harrisburg is the sixth satellite campus to offer the program. Temple also offers the MSW in Dubois, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Mansfield and Pottsville. The Temple MSW program is dedicated to societal transformations to eliminate social, political, economic injustices for poor and oppressed populations and to advancing the quality of life for all.

For more information about the Misericordia University-based MSW with Temple University Harrisburg, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/socialwork or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats.

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The Department of Social Work at Misericordia University and Temple University Harrisburg recently presented degrees to members of the first Master of Social Work degree program during a graduation ceremony in Lemmond Theater. Participating in the ceremony, seated from left, are Jessica Balkan, West Pittston, Pa.; Krista Bartosch, Taylor, Pa.; Amy Thomas, Kingston, Pa., and Hope Danishanko, Nanticoke, Pa.; standing, Rosalyn Hnasko, Hazleton, Pa.; Stephanie Fischer, Hanover Township, Pa.; Jessica Rosencrans, Dallas, Pa.; Nicole Federici, Wyoming, Pa.; Emily Monczewski, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Jeremy Bragalone, Hazleton, Pa.; Grant Greenberg, Dallas, Pa.; Marguerite MacDougall, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Alyson Neely, Plymouth, Pa.; Jeffrey McCabe, Exeter, Pa., and James Crossan, Pen Argyl, Pa.