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

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National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Kendra Mattice


NCUR 2021 Conference - April 12-14

Kendra Mattice - Social Work Student
Social work student, Kendra Mattice, submitted her proposal, The Relationship between the Number of Arrests and Drug Treatment Court Completion, that was accepted for presentation at NCUR 2021 @Home on April 12-14, 2021. Dr. Viviana Lucabeche, associate professor of social work, served as Kendra's research mentor, advisor, and contributor.

The purpose of the study was to examine the number of arrests that occur before an individual is referred to a Drug Treatment Court (DTC) program for alcohol or substance use for the first time and the relationship this has on successful competition of a DTC program. The relationship was also examined to determine if there is any influence from variables such as gender and race/ethnicity.

I have really enjoyed this experience; I feel very fortunate to be only the second social work student to ever be accepted to NCUR and will be the first to present.
- Kendra Mattice

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) provides support and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The mission of the CUR is to support and promote high-quality mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry.

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Program faculty advocates for funding

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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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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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Student Opportunities

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.

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