- Adult-Gerontological NP
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- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Anesthesia
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- Social Work
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Frequently Asked Questions
What do social workers do?
Social workers practice in a variety of settings, such as gerontology, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, health and public health, schools, corrections, adoption services, private practice, military/veterans services, and developmental disabilities.
What can I do with a Bachelor in Social Work Degree (BSSW) from UND?
A BSSW will prepare you for generalist social work practice in a variety of settings. Once awarded a BSSW, you will be eligible to apply to take the social work licensing exam in any states that license at the BSSW level. You will also be eligible to apply to any Master in Social Work Programs.
Can I get licensed as a social worker in my state?
Upon completion of the BSSW Program, you will be eligible to apply to take the licensing exam in any states that license at the Bachelor’s level. Students are expected to check with the Licensing Board in their state to ensure they have a clear understanding of specific curricular expectations.
Is the UND BSSW Program accredited?
Yes, the UND BSSW Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974, when undergraduate accreditation first began.
How can I declare Social Work as a major?
UND students can declare “Pre-Social Work” as a major at any time. However, you must first be admitted to the BSSW Program before you can declare your major as “Social Work.” If interested in declaring a Pre-Social Work major, please contact Lani Moen, BSSW Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701.777.3556.
When can I apply for the BSSW Program?
Applications for the BSSW Program are accepted in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Application deadlines are as follows:
- Fall semester application deadline: October 15
- Spring semester application deadline: March 15
- Summer semester application deadline: June 15
What are the admission criteria for the BSSW Program?
Criteria for admission to the BSSW Program are as follows:
- Completion of SWK 255 Introduction to Social Work and SWK 257 Human Behavior and the Social Environment with a grade of B or higher.
- Overall GPA of 2.75.
- Completion of at least 45 credits at the end of the term you submit your application.
- Willingness to adhere to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and the UND Code of Student Life.
How do I apply for the BSSW Program?
Complete the BSSW Program application, which can be found on the Department of Social Work’s website (http://nursing.UND.edu/programs/bssw/admission.cfm), and submit it by the application deadline. You will be asked to disclose any criminal background history, and you will be required to submit a personal statement and a resume along with the application.
What factors will be considered in the admission process?
The application process is competitive. All factors, including grade point average, strength of written materials, volunteer experience, work experience, and professional behavior in the classroom will be given consideration.
I already have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, but I am interested in getting my BSSW. What are my options?
You would be eligible for our Second Degree Program, which is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree, but wish to secure a BSSW. Second Degree students can typically secure a BSSW in one year (three full-time semesters). Second Degree students needing to fulfill Essential Studies requirements or additional BSSW Program requirements may require a longer period time to complete the program. Second Degree Program applications are due June 15, to begin the following fall semester. If you are interested in the Second Degree Program, your first step would be to apply to UND as an undergraduate student and have your official transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. This will allow us to assist in developing an individualized academic plan for you. UND applications can be completed online at http://UND.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply/transfer-students.cfm.
I am interested in transferring to UND to pursue Social Work. What should I do?
UND has articulation and transfer agreements with various colleges and universities, which often allow for a smooth transfer. In general, if you have college-level credits from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education, all attempted credits will transfer to UND. There are certain exceptions to this rule. These exceptions include, but are not limited to, the following: - remedial or preparatory courses - credit granted for life experience by other institutions - institution-based credit by examination - non-degree continuing education courses Your first step in the transfer process is to apply to UND as an undergraduate student is to have your official transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. This will allow us to assist in developing an individualized academic plan for you. Please visit the transfer student website for more information at http://und.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply/transfer-students.cfm. UND applications can be completed online at http://UND.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply/transfer-students.cfm.
Can I complete the BSSW Program part-time?
Yes, the BSSW Program is flexible, which allows students to complete it on a full-time or part-time basis.
As a social work student, will I have assistance throughout the BSSW Program to make sure I am meeting the requirements?
Yes. When you declare Pre-Social Work as a major, you will be assigned an advisor from the Department of Social Work who will assist you throughout your time in the BSSW Program. Your advisor will provide you with academic advisement, career counseling, and referrals to various campus resources as necessary.
I have experience working in a position I define as social work related. Can this be counted for academic credit?
No, we support the Council on Accreditation which states that the Council on Social Work Education “does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience”.
Does the Department of Social Work offer any minors?
Yes, the Department of Social Work offers a minor in Gerontology and a minor in Chemical Dependency. Students may also choose to seek a minor outside of the Department of Social Work, such as Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Non-profit Leadership, Spanish, American Sign Language, Communications, Rehabilitation and Human Services, and Indian Studies.
Will I have opportunities to gain work experience in the BSSW Program?
Yes. During your final semester in the BSSW Program, you will an opportunity to complete a field internship at a social service agency. The field internship is the capstone experience of the BSSW Program, which will integrate the knowledge, values, and skills you have gained from your social work courses. During your field internship, you will be supervised by a licensed social worker, and you will have opportunities to work with real clients. Internships are available in many fields of social work, including mental health, children and family services, developmental disabilities, long-term care, hospice, hospital social work, substance abuse, and school social work.
How do you arrange field internships?
Field internships can occur in Grand Forks and surrounding communities as is possible. We work with students to identify career interests and to identify potential options. Field faculty will contact the agency to secure the internship
Can I use my job for my field internship?
No. Field internships are intended as opportunities for students to grow and they must be doing something completely different than their current job or past work experiences.
Can I do my field internship in my agency?
This may be possible if: the placement offers the appropriate learning goals in a completely new learning environment; with a different supervisor; and different peers. A form is completed for approval by the Director of Field Education. The student must develop a plan for how the roles of the student and staff employee will be differentiated.
What opportunities are there for me to get involved or network with my social work peers?
We encourage our social work students to get involved with the Student Social Work Association and Phi Alpha, the social work honor society. Both organizations offer opportunities to network with your social work peers through social activities, community service, and various other activities that promote fellowship among those in the social work field.
What scholarship or financial aid opportunities are there for me?
The University of North Dakota offers several sources of financial aid available to qualified students, including scholarships, loans, grants, and employment opportunities. For further information, please visit the UND Financial Aid Office website at http://und.edu/admissions/financial-aid/. The Department of Social Work has scholarships and stipends available. For more information, please visit http://nursing.UND.edu/departments/social-work/sw-scholarships.cfm.