Practicum and Program FAQ

  1. How is the online program different than the campus program?
    The campus program engages with students in a campus setting that takes place on a certain day and time where the student is required to attend class in person. The campus program benefits learners who enjoy interacting with other learners and professors face-to-face. In the online program, students determine the time and place to complete course work and have command over their time. However, many online classes may require two or three synchronous learning sessions per semester where learners are online at the same time or at specific time frames. The online format can be an advantage for caregivers, individuals with family and career obligations, and people who need a flexible schedule in order to pursue their education. Online learning is best suited to the highly motivated student who is willing to take full responsibility for his or her own learning.
  2. Do I have to come to the physical campus?
    No, you will not come to campus. You will attend classes in a virtual asynchronous environment where course work will be delivered via web, email, articles, videos, discussion forums, Wikis and/or other collaborative documents. However, you might desire to come to campus to celebrate your graduation, to meet professors face-to-face, or to fellowship with others who were in virtual classes with you.
  3. Will I receive assistance in locating a practicum site?
    Yes. Students who plan to enroll in practicum in the fall of their senior year must submit their practicum application by December 15th in their junior year. Students will collaborate with an assigned Field Coordinator to discuss areas of interest and identify several possible placements.
  4. How many hours must I complete for the practicum?
    Students are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours a week at the practicum site. This totals 225 hours for the semester and 450 hours for the academic year at the same practicum site.
  5. Will I need to complete a background check?
    No. Background checks are not a requirement of the BSW Program. However, some practicum sites might require a background check.
  6. Are there any differences between a BSW and BSSW degree?
    BSW stands for Bachelor of Social Work. BSSW is the acronym that stands for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW). Both degrees are undergraduate degrees designed to educate students for generalist social work practice in areas such as family services, child welfare, public health, substance use, and other areas. Basically, they are the same. The BSSW may be a bit more focused on the practical and research approach to social work, but it is really the institution that designates the label.
  7. Can I get credit for my job or volunteer work?
    No, university credit is not credited for job or volunteer experiences. The Bachelor of Social Work Program will evaluate college or university credit hours completed from qualified accredited higher education programs.
  8. If open to incoming freshmen – how many hours per week am I expected to study?
    For every one credit hour in which you enroll, you will spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying. For example, using the following formula: 3 credit hours (1 course) = 3 hours in class per week or 6 - 9 hours study time per week.
  9. Are there any scholarship opportunities?
    The University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work offers several sources of financial aid available to qualified students, including scholarships, grants, and loans. For further information, please visit the Financial Aid Office website at http://louisville.edu/financialaid/. A few scholarships and stipends are also awarded in the Bachelor of Social Work Program based on donors’ specifications regarding eligibility.
  10. For transfer students – how many credits can I transfer into the program?
    General Education transfer credits are often evaluated on a case-by-case basis with a BSW Academic Counselor or via the university’s up-to-date library known as the Transfer Evaluation System (TES) database that reviews transfer equivalencies of educational institutions across the country.
  11. Can I attend the BSW online program as a part-time student?
    Yes, BSW offers a part-time program for the lower division and the first year of the upper division. Currently, the senior year of the BSW Program is designed to be full-time due to practicum requirements and co-requisite courses. Please note: the BSW Program is currently working on a part-time curriculum plan for the senior year to be implemented in the future. It is ideal for students who seek to earn their degree without giving up their job or other obligations. The part-time option allows students to complete their coursework within the time that works best for them.

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