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Medical & Behavioral Health, Option to the Associate in Science in Social Work

Program Description 

The Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Social Work will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the discipline, applied concepts, and theories necessary for a future in the field of social work and other helping professions.  The A.S. in Social Work is also designed for students who intend to transfer to an accredited four-year baccalaureate program in the field of Social Work (B.S.W.) or another human services degree program.  

This option will begin to prepare students to work in the field of medical social work. Foundational knowledge in areas related to medical and behavioral health will be emphasized in the curriculum. The practicum portion of this option will take place in a medical setting. Additional prerequisites such as a background check may be involved.

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
MATH 156 Introduction to Statistics 3
SOWK 101 Introduction to Social Work 3
PSYC 172 General Psychology 3
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3
SOCI 181 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOWK 170 Trauma and Healing 3
SOWK 207 Group Dynamics 3
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
SOWK 171 Social Work in Health Care Settings 3
SOWK 194 Interviewing and Communication Techniques 3
SOCI 282 Sociology of the Family 3
ANTH 134
Cultural Anthropology 3
or Race and Ethnicity
BIOL 114
Principles of Biological Science 3
or Science and the Human Body
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
SOWK 201
Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
or Life Span Development
SOWK 202 Social Work Seminar and Practicum 4 3
PHIL 190 Introduction to Critical Thinking 3
Select from the following 3 3
America and the West After World War II
American Federal Government
Introduction to Political Science
PSYC 271 Abnormal Psychology 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.


Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement.  If they succeed, they must take an additional course(s) in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses.


Course selections should be based on the requirements of the intended transfer to a four-year institution. Students should speak to their advisor for clarification. 


Practicum must take place at an articulated partner where the student can specialize in medical social work. The practicum may itself have specific pre-requisites, please see above in Program Description.