Healthcare Social Work Degrees
Social workers play a crucial role within the healthcare system. The mission of healthcare social workers is to support clients and their families in accessing appropriate medical care and address other existing psychosocial needs. Like all other social workers within the field, healthcare social workers closely follow the Social Work Code of Ethics as outlined by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) when working with clients, their families, and their communities.
Are there any online social work programs that offer healthcare social work as a specialty?
There are MSW programs that offer health-related concentrations. These may be offered on campus or online. These concentrations may include any of the following titles: Health, Health and Wellness, Health and Mental Health, or Health and Behavioral Health.
However, completing a health-related concentration or attending a program that specializes in healthcare is not required in order to become a healthcare social worker. This is because the skills acquired in Masters-level programs can be applied to a variety of settings, including healthcare settings.
Regardless, there are programs that offer medical and healthcare social work certifications. For example, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers a Certified Social Worker in Health Care certification.
Generally, the majority of healthcare-related social work jobs prefer (or sometimes require) social workers to have earned a MSW degree from a CSWE accredited institution. Many healthcare settings also prefer that social workers hold a Masters-level social work licensure. For example, most inpatient medical settings require that social workers hold a MSW and a Masters-level licensure. A MSW and corresponding licensure are typically required in these settings due to the clinical skills needed to work with clients.
However, there are jobs within the medical field that may only require a BSW or other Bachelors degree in a related field. Jobs that entail primarily care coordination and case management are available for social workers with a BSW. These types of jobs most frequently occur in outpatient settings. Social workers with a BSW can also hold jobs as assistants to the Masters-level social workers in many settings.
Consider a Featured Online Social Work Program
|School / Program||Online Program / Entry Reqs||Advanced Standing Availability / Course Information|
|Our Lady of the Lake University||✔ Online||
No GRE or GMAT is required for admission. Advanced Standing available.Learn More
|University of Kentucky||✔ Online||
Advanced Standing Program available. MSW program includes options for an advanced-standing program (30 credits) and a 60-credit regular standing program.Learn More
|Aurora University||✔ Online||
Online BSW and Online MSW. Specialize in Faith-Based Social Work, Forensics, Health Care or Leadership Administration.Learn More
|Campbellsville University||✔ Online||
Advanced standing track available. Clinical track, Addicitons track available.Learn More
|University of West Florida||✔ Online||
Advanced standing program for those with a BSW. Prepares for licensure as a LCSW in Florida.Learn More
|Aurora University||✔ Online||
Specialize in Faith-Based Social Work, Forensics, Health Care or Leadership Administration.Learn More
|Sacred Heart University||✔ Online||
Advanced Standing option. Direct Clinical Practice or a Direct Community Practice specialization.Learn More