The MSW program at Quinnipiac University prepares social workers to function as members of an interprofessional health care team, while meeting the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
MSW students will be offered a curriculum of 60 credits, consisting of coursework and two field placement experiences (for a total of 1,000 hours) that meet the requirements for accreditation of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). The advanced and autonomous practitioner must utilize knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice models for clients in need of counseling, crisis intervention, discharge planning and case management, as well as helping clients gain access to social welfare and community programs and resources.
The program seeks to produce graduates who demonstrate mastery of the following 10 core competencies and measurable practice behaviors:
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct self accordingly
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
- Engage diversity and difference in practice
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
- Respond to contexts that shape practice
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
The MSW program outcomes are consistent with the University mission to educate students with a high degree of professionalism, and to produce lifelong learners who can, upon graduation, become leaders in their professions and the communities where they live and act as informed citizens.