Non-Social Work Major: Social Service Worker (SSW) Licensure
R156-60a-302b. Experience Requirements for Licensure as an SSW.
In accordance with Subsection 58-60-205(4)(d)(iii)(B), the 2,000 hours of supervised qualifying experience for licensure as an SSW shall be:
(1) performed as an employee of an agency providing social work services and activities;
(2) performed according to a written social work job description approved by the licensed mental health therapist supervisor; and
(3) completed over a duration of not less than one year.
Beginning summer of 2012, the Social Work Program offers an intensive summer program that will enable non-social work majors to take the SSW license exam.
The three non-matriculated 3-credit hour classes are:
1. SW 5901 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credits)
2. SW 5902 Social Welfare Practice Methods (3 credits)
3. SW 5903 Social Welfare Policy (3 credits)
These classes are specifically designed to meet the State of Utah's SSW licensure requirements for non-social work majors. There are no specific prerequisites required for the courses, other than possession of an undergraduate degree. Students must enroll as a"Graduate Non-matriculated Student" to take these courses. Students will be charged graduate-level tuition.
Note: These classes will not replace similarly titled core classes at the Master of Social Work (MSW) program level. Similarly, SSW licensure holders without a BSW degree are not eligible to apply for the 1-year Advanced Standing MSW program.
The summer courses are on Monday and Wednesday evenings (beginning at 5:15 pm) and available state-wide at any USU Education Campus or Center. Summer school begins in early May and concludes in early August. The three courses are offered in two consecutive 7-week sessions. Standard USU tuition rates apply.
For tuition and fees for this set of 3 courses in Summer, please refer to the USU Tuition & Fees table at https://regionalcampuses.usu.edu/cost/
Any questions regarding financial aid should be directed to Utah State University's Office of Financial Aid at http://www.usu.edu/finaid/.
To register, visit https://rcde.usu.edu/coursesearch/. Type the course you are interested in (e.g., SW 5901) and click either the "Search" or "View All" tab. Find your course, location of interest and click on the course name. A separate window will pop up. This window will list the course information. Click "Save" on all the courses you would like to take. Then, click the "submit" button at the top bar.
It is possible that interested students may have taken some of the courses in pursuit of the students' undergraduate degree (non-social work majors) to meet the qualifications required for the SSW license (meaning students would not have to take all three courses). If a student already has taken a course that meets one of the requirements, it is not necessary to take all three (3) courses, only the ones that the student would need.
Interested students should contact Utah's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) at http://www.dopl.utah.gov/or by phone at (801) 530-6628 to verify their courses taken.
Social Service Worker application form is available at http://dopl.utah.gov/apps/SSW.pdf.
If you are interested in getting more information about the SSW coursework through USU, please contact Raini Heap, MSW, LCSW (firstname.lastname@example.org), and/or the USU Campus or Center in your area to inquire about this classes.