Application for admission to La Salle University Social Work Program may be submitted following completion of SWK 160: Introduction to Social Work, and must be completed by October 15 of the semester the student is enrolled in SWK 340: Preparation for Professional Practice. The student can declare social work as a major upon admission to the University; however, the student is only formally accepted into the Social Work Program with the successful application process described below.
The student must meet the following criteria for admission into the Social Work Program:
- an overall GPA of 2.30 (Students with GPA below 2.30 may apply for conditional acceptance to the Program)
- a final grade of C or better in all social work courses with a course designation of 200 or above
- an affinity with and commitment to the values and ethics of the social work profession as set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics
- Complete the application form. Submit the completed form with the following attachments:
- Two letters of recommendation. One recommendation will be from a person associated with a community service experience in which the student has participated. The second recommendation will be an academic reference from a university faculty member other than La Salle University Social Work Program faculty.
- Autobiographical statement. Complete a personal statement (maximum of four (4) pages, typewritten and double-spaced) discussing your motivations for choosing social work as a profession, and describing significant people and life events that have been instrumental in your decision to seek a degree in social work. Address areas of special interest or concern relevant to social work. Note: The autobiography statement completed in SWK 160 will be accepted to fulfill this requirement.
- A copy of your current college/university transcript.
- Copy of current criminal clearance.*
- Copy of current child abuse clearance.*
- Submit the completed application to the Social Work Program Director.
- The full Social Work Program faculty will review your application, and each will vote on your candidacy.
- The student will be notified of the Program faculty’s decision in writing. The admission decisions include a.) full admission, b.) conditional admission, or c.) no admission.
- The Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and/or the Director of Continuing Studies, and the Registrar will also be notified in writing of the Program’s decision.
* A history of criminal conviction and/or child abuse does not automatically preclude admission to the Social Work Program. However, the student will be required to share this information with the field practicum supervisor in the agency. The student is responsible for informing the Social Work Program of any changes in criminal and/or child abuse status.
** In the event of a violation of the NASW Code of Ethics, the student may not be granted admission to or continuation in the Social Work Program.
- To develop competent social work professionals grounded in knowledge, values, and skills necessary for entry-level generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities primarily within the urban community.
- To prepare students for social work practice with diverse populations.
- To prepare students for social work practice with vulnerable populations and to orient students to local, national, and international issues of social and economic justice so that they are empowered to be agents of change.
- To provide a curriculum that challenges students to integrate and act upon the values and ethics of the social work profession.
- To motivate students to know the importance of and exhibit a commitment to the ongoing development and care of the personal and professional self.
- To prepare students for graduate studies in social work.
Competency 2.1.1—Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
Competency 2.1.2—Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
Competency 2.1.3— Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
Competency 2.1.4— Engage diversity and difference in practice
Competency 2.1.5— Advance human rights and social and economic justice
Competency 2.1.6 – Engage in research informed practice and practice informed research
Competency 2.1.7—Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
Competency 2.1.8 – Engage in policy practice to advance well-being and deliver services
Competency 2.1.9— Respond to contexts that shape practice
Competency 2.1.10a— Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. (ENGAGEMENT)
Competency 2.1.10b— Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. (ASSESSMENT)
Competency 2.1.10c— Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. (INTERVENTION)
Competency 2.1.10d— Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. (EVALUATION)