Bachelor of Social Work Program Receives Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has granted initial accreditation to the Methodist College Bachelor of Social Work program through June 2024. Methodist College started the baccalaureate social work program in fall 2017, and in spring 2020, four students graduated from the program. The program prepares students to be social work generalists with the ability to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings to include educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and hospitals and clinics. 

“We are pleased to receive the notice of accreditation,” said Methodist College Social Work Program Director Dr. Staci Wolfe. “This recognition indicates that the program meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process and offers many opportunities for our graduates.”

Methodist College Bachelor of Social Work graduates can be eligible to sit for a bachelor’s level social work licensure exam in many states, said Wolfe. In Illinois, graduates are eligible for licensure after two years post Bachelor of Social Work direct-supervised experience. In addition, graduates also are eligible to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at any CSWE accredited institution upon meeting the admission criteria of those institutions.

Molly Carlton of Bradford, Illinois is a member of the first Methodist College Bachelor of Social Work cohort and graduated in May. She plans to pursue a master's degree in school social work and continue working part-time at a local child advocacy center.

“The program allowed me to grow professionally and personally,” said Carlton. “It has prepared me to work within diverse environments, and be able to utilize my skills to the best of my ability. I grew throughout my time in the program and it truly has set me up for greatness in my future career as a social worker. The program challenges you to reach outside of your comfort zone and uncover where your passion within the field lies. Forever grateful!”

The Bachelor of Social Work degree is just one of many healthcare and human services degree programs offered at Methodist College. The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, bachelor’s degrees in Health Science and Healthcare Management, a new Bachelor of Science in Medical and Life Sciences, and certificate programs in Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant. 

Find out more at www.methodiscol.edu/social-work.