Undergraduate Certificate in Social Work and Addiction

Undergraduate certificates are awarded by departments and colleges to recognize accomplishment in a cluster of related courses on a topic, skill, theme, or method. In the School of Social Work, an undergraduate certificate in social work and addiction may be undertaken by students who wish to focus in on specialized knowledge related to addiction.

The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Social Work and Addiction is designed to provide specialized knowledge and skills in addictions for bachelor’s level students planning to enter the workforce or enter graduate school after graduation. The courses within this certificate program include specific requirement of an eight credit hour practicum to be in addictions work setting, and nine credit hours of additional coursework. The program offers students the opportunity to explore addictions from a social work perspective.

Certificate Requirements:
Students must be social work majors, and first be accepted into the Bachelor of Social Work program. Students must have a WSU GPA of 2.500, and in their social work courses of at least 3.000. Eligible students must apply to the program coordinator upon completion, or during current enrollment, of ScWk 201. No grades below a “C” are allowed in the certificate program courses.

Students who have previously completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited social work program, who, for academic, personal, or professional reasons, desire additional education in this area of specialized knowledge, are also invited to apply.

Courses to be completed, in their preferred sequence:

  • ScWk 521 Forensic Social Work (3 credit hours)
  • ScWk 531 Social Work Practice in Addictions (3 credit hours)
  • ScWk 532 Pharmacology and Drug Classification in Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)
  • ScWk 402 Practicum I (4 credit hours)
  • ScWk 404 Practicum II (4 credit hours)

All courses are letter graded. Students may not transfer any courses from another institution as part of this certificate program. Successful completion of the certificate requirements will be determined by the School of Social Work. If you complete the program you will graduate with a “Certificate in Social Work and Addiction,” which will appear on your diploma.
UCSWA students are required to meet with the UCSWA coordinator one time per semester until they have completed the requirements for the certificate.

To Apply for the Undergraduate Certificate in Social Work and Addictions and the BSW Program:

  1. Complete a BSW application. Application Form (pdf)
  2. Submit your application by the deadlines (March 15th or October 15th) either online or to the WSU School of Social Work office, 5th floor, Lindquist Hall, Room 525.

To Apply for the Undergraduate Certificate in Social Work Addictions (already admitted to BSW Program):

  1. Complete the one-page application for the addictions certificate. Application Form (pdf)

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the certificate program within thirty days of the deadline date.

For More Information:

BreAnn Gilkey, LMSW
Practicum Director and Interim BSW Program Director
Lindquist Hall, Room 541
Phone: (316) 978-6833
Email: breann.gilkey@wichita.edu