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Social Work Assistant Degree Program

Program of Study

The Social Work Assistant program prepares students for employment in many different entry-level positions. Students seeking a career in social work should recognize that personal qualities such as warmth, honesty, openness, hopefulness, concern, and sensitivity are essential.

The student practicum portion of the curriculum provides 420 hours of supervised learning experience in various social service agencies. The academic and field requirements are rigorous and require student commitment.  Students who receive below a “C” in a course must repeat that course to meet graduation requirements. Graduates with a “C” or better in all courses may apply to be registered as Social Work Assistants by the Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board.

The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates. 

Be able to:

  • Adhere to the professional code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers, and the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
  • Perform a case assessment interview according to the code of ethics for the National Association of Social Workers, and the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social work field through the practical experience of the social work practicum.
  • Exhibit a professional manner by displaying the following traits: propriety, competence, and professional tone.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the importance of integrity, impartiality, and social responsibilities.


  • Social Work Assistant
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Case Worker Aid
  • Social Service Designee
  • Family Aid
  • Family Support Worker
  • Human Service Worker
  • Human Service Assistant



 Course  Course Name  Credit Hours
SOC 2010 Fundamentals of Sociology 3
SWK 1010 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWK 1020 Social Work Methods and Practice 3
SWK 1030 Social Work Policy 3
SWK 1400 Psychology of Personality Theories 3
SWK 2040 Interview and Documentation 3
SWK 2100 Group Dynamics 3
SWK 2120 Social Diversity 3
SWK 2150 Crisis Intervention 3
SWK 2901 Social Work Practicum I 2
SWK 2911 Social Work Practicum II 2

Total Technical Credit Hours: 31


Course  Course Name  Credit Hours 
GEN 1000 First-Year Seminar 1
CIT 1090 Computer Fundamentals 3
ECO 2010 Macroeconomics 3
Choose One: ENG 1050/ENG 1020 College Composition I 3/5
ENG 1060 College Composition II 3
HUM 1010 Critical Thinking 3
Choose One: MTH 2310/MTH 1310 College Algebra/Intermediate Algebra 3/4
PLS 1000 American Government 3
PSY 1210 General Psychology 3
PSY 1360 Life Span Development 3
PSY 2210 Abnormal Psychology 3
SPE 2010 Effective Speaking 3

Total General Education and Related Credit Hours: 34/37


See your advisor for appropriate course selection.

All students graduating from Terra State Community College with an Associate degree of any kind will be functionally proficient in common computer operations and applications. Please see your academic advisor or academic division office for further details.

To determine when courses are scheduled, see program curriculum sheet which is available from the Enrollment Services office in Building A/Room 100, from the Liberal Arts and Public Services Division, Building A/Room 202.

Cancelled Classes

 There are class cancellations for Thursday, February 11, 2016.    

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