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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.



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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.

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Death and Dying Fellowship
Professor David Hage

Dr. David Hage accepted into 2024 JHF Feinstein Death & Dying Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA

Through a combination of nine virtual and in-person sessions/site visits in the Pittsburgh area, David Hage, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM, Director of Field Education in Misericordia's Social Work program, will learn, confront, and discuss the legal, medical, social, cultural, familial, and spiritual aspects of death and dying as part of a multidisciplinary group. Dr. Hage will also hear from experts in a range of end-of-life disciplines, visit local resource providers, and practice serious illness conversation skills.

Now in its 10th year, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) Feinstein Death and Dying Fellowship continues to help better prepare professionals to effectively communicate with patients and families about death, dying, and grief.

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Fireside Chat with Dr. Godlewski and Dr. Hage

Meet Social Work Faculty

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Find out about the Social Work profession as well as the advantages of Misericordia's BSW programs

BSW graduates may begin to apply to take the BSW licensing exam through the
Pennsylvania Licensure System (PALS)

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  • Traditional (on-campus)
  • Accelerated (mostly online)

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Expressway Accelerated Degree Program

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.

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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.

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Kendra Mattice

Kendra Mattice

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

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.

Sarah Suchocki
Sarah Suchocki '24

My name is Sarah Suchocki. I am a senior Social Work student, graduating in Spring ’24, with a special interest in Forensic Social Work. I am currently completing my third and final semester interning at the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office. My internship experience has been extremely beneficial to my future work as a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) professional and has opened my eyes to the importance of advocating for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. I am currently completing a research project on the ineffectiveness of substance use treatment furloughs and the negative impact placed on individuals who must return to jail following the completion of substance use treatment. I am passionate about advocating for individuals involved in the criminal justice system along with reducing recidivism. My goal is to work within the prison system providing support and reentry services to inmates and go on to complete my master’s degree in Social Work (MSW).

Lilia Flannery
Lilia Flannery

"The social work program at Misericordia has supported my personal and professional growth. The professors are invested in my education and have provided me with meaningful experiences to prepare me for graduate school and my future career."

Lilia Flannery
Senior Social Work Student
Social Work Club President

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

Robin Sakina Mama, Ph.D.
Robin Sakina Mama, Ph.D.

A 1982 graduate of Misericordia University's bachelor of social work program, Robin Sakina Mama, Ph.D., is Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She received her BSW degree at Misericordia University and her MSS and Ph.D. degrees from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Dean Mama’s teaching and research interests are in human rights, field education, international social development and international social work. Since 2001, Dean Mama has been a representative of the International Federation of Social Workers at the United Nations in New York City. For the last 10 years, Dr. Mama has been the Co-Chair of Social Work Day at the United Nations, a half-day conference at the UN that brings social work students, faculty and practitioners to the United Nations to learn about UN initiatives that are important to social work. She was a recent At-Large Member of the NASW Board of Directors and remains a member of the NASW International Committee. Dean Mama is also an Executive Board member of the International Organization for Women and Development - IOWD.

Dean Mama has written or edited two books: From Hate Crimes to Human Rights: A Tribute to Matthew Shepard, with Dr. Mary Swigonski and Dr. Kelly Ward; and Breaking Out of the Box: Adventure-Based Field Instruction, with Dr. Kelly Ward. She has also written numerous articles for social work journals, including “Social Work At the United Nations”, published with three of her IFSW colleagues.



George A. Godlewski, MSW, Ph.D.
Director, Social Work Program
College of Health Science & Education
Office: Trocaire 231
Phone: 570-674-6233