The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program prepares students for professional practice with a curriculum that integrates theory with practical experience in a Social Welfare Agency. Graduates are eligible for licensing in Pennsylvania and many other states.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredits the social work program. Students who want to earn a Master in Social Work (MSW) may be eligible for advanced standing in many graduate schools of social work throughout the United States.
Field Work Experience
Flexible Program Options
The Mission of Misericordia University's Social Work Program is to prepare students for entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Inherent within this mission is a commitment to the development of BSW graduates who are dedicated to improving social, economic and environmental conditions among diverse populations and to promoting the Sisters of Mercy values of mercy, service, justice and hospitality.
Get the highlights on our Social Work program options and hear from alumni and employers
- Catholic Social Work Students Connection - Fall 2023 Virtual Events
- Social Work Honors Celebration - April 23, 2023
- Social Work in the Mercy Tradition: 2nd Annual Global Perspectives - March 27, 2023
- William Stauffer: "Expanding Recovery to Heal Addictions" - Feb. 21, 2023
- NCUR Conference 2021
- PRO-A's Individual Champion of Service Award - 2020
Program faculty advocates for funding
Recovery community organizations need more than bake sales to help people survive addiction.
BSW graduates may begin to apply to take the BSW licensing exam through the
Pennsylvania Licensure System (PALS)
- Traditional (on-campus)
- Accelerated (mostly online)
Expressway Accelerated Degree Program
You can earn your Bachelor of Science in as little as 2 1/2 years by attending classes part-time. The convenient and predictable schedule allows you take classes either once a week or online up to 12 credits per semester. Courses are offered face-to-face in 5-week sessions at Luzerne County Community College on the Nanticoke Campus, or online in 7 1/2 week sessions.
Social Work majors are strongly advised and encouraged to pursue minor areas of study or certificates in Gerontology and Addictions Counseling. The Social Work Program has been responsible for the development, administration and supervision of the Gerontology and Addictions Counseling Certificate and minor programs.
The Social Work program pushes you to expand your knowledge inside and outside of the classroom. Through the program I have created friendships with peers and relationships with professors and field supervisors that I look forward to maintaining for many years to come.
Tim Kelly '17, BSW
What stands out to me in the Social Work program is that it is full of passionate faculty and eager students sharing the common ground of service and compassion to others. The staff know how to make the learning experience personable and professional.
George A. Godlewski, MSW, Ph.D.
Director, Social Work Program
College of Health Science & Education
Office: Trocaire 231