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Social Work

Dr. Susan McDonald

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

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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.

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)

Click here for the Accelerated BSW Program

ARCH Accelerated Degree Program

ARCH 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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John Fabiseski - Individual Champion of Service Award Recipient

John Fabiseski is a person in Long Term Recovery. John's substance use condition has been in remission since January 26th, 2014. John is currently a Certified Recovery Specialist in the Administration of Luzerne County Community College for the AllOne Recovery Educational Institute. John is Region Three Lead for the Pennsylvania Recovery Advocacy Project and a Contracted Trainer for the Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance. John is also a current student pursuing a bachelor's degree in the Social Work Program at Misericordia University. 

The Social Work Program at Misericordia University has provided me the opportunity to achieve my personal and educational goals. Of course, there are challenges as an adult learner that is working a full-time job, volunteering for policy change at the state and national level, and training other certified professionals across Pennsylvania. The guidance I received from the staff at Misericordia has permitted me to have an individualized pathway to success. The social work program has enlightened my learning while fostering my growth.

John Fabiseski
Accelerated BSW Student

Student Testimonials

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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.

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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.

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Susan McDonald, MSW, Ph.D., LCW

Program Chair/Director
Phone: 570-674-6212
Trocaire building, Room 239