Bachelor of Social Work

The Walden University Bachelor of Social Work (“BSW”) program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as licensed social workers, in states that offer licensure at the Bachelor’s level. However, each state board responsible for the regulation of social work has its own requirements for licensure, including appropriate accreditation of academic programs.

While Walden enrollment specialists can provide general information relating to the state-by-state educational requirements for social work licensure or certification, it remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all current requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, certification, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. Licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the state board that issues the credential to practice.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in the state to which they relocate. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the current requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Walden makes no guarantee that its BSW program will meet the licensure requirements in any state.

Please refer to the chart below for state professional licensure eligibility status for Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work program. Please remember that licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice, and prospective students should visit their state board’s website for the most updated and accurate information.

State Academic Program Meets Licensure Requirements?
Alabama Yes
Alaska Yes
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Program not offered in this state
California State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Colorado State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Connecticut State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Delaware State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
District of Columbia Yes
Florida State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Georgia State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level 
Hawaii Yes
Idaho Yes
Illinois Yes
Indiana Yes
Iowa Yes
Kansas Yes
Kentucky Program not offered in this state
Louisiana Yes
Maine Yes
Maryland Yes
Massachusetts Yes
Michigan Yes
Minnesota Yes
Mississippi Yes
Missouri  Yes
Montana State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Nebraska Yes
Nevada Yes
New Hampshire State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
New Jersey Yes
New Mexico Yes
New York Program not offered in this state
North Carolina Yes
North Dakota Yes
Ohio Yes
Oklahoma Yes
Oregon Yes
Pennsylvania State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Puerto Rico Yes
South Carolina Yes
South Dakota Yes
Tennessee Yes
Texas Yes
Utah Yes
Vermont State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
Virginia Yes
Washington State does not offer licensure at Bachelor's Level
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin Yes
Wyoming Yes

March 13, 2019

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