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The Health Sciences major includes three choices:
A student graduating with a Health Sciences major from The College of St. Scholastica will:
Health Sciences major admissions and retention policies minimum admission requirements:
Athletic trainers are allied health/sports medicine professionals responsible for the prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation/reconditioning of the physically active population. Athletic trainers perform under a physician's direction and are typically employed with professional teams, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, industry, and other various settings.
The program of study is an entry-level MS program. It is intended for students seeking certification and registration or licensure as an athletic trainer. Students must successfully complete 70 graduate credits over 23 consecutive months, including clinical experiences, and other requirements to be awarded the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.
Students interested in athletic training should be aware that enrollment is competitive and limited to a maximum 14 students per year. Fulfillment of requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection for admission is based on several elements including academic record, professional exploration, essay, recommendations, and interviews. Students must apply as a 3+2 candidate or have evidence of a completed bachelor's degree as well as fulfillment of the health/prerequisite requirements upon matriculation. However, there are no requirements in terms of the prospective student's undergraduate major.
Assistant Professor or Chair: Dr. Hal Strough
The program is accredited by the CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Students should be aware they must be a graduate of an accredited program in order to be eligible for the BOC, Inc. (Board of Certification, Inc.) certification exam. Students that complete the exam would also be eligible for licensure/registration in any state throughout the country, except Texas which requires a separate state licensure exam.
Students should anticipate two academic years and two summers of study, the first of two occurring prior to the first academic year. The first summer session will involve academic coursework while the second summer session consists of an internship which must be secured by the student. Required clinical experiences are completed during the two academic years and second summer. These experiences frequently require commitments outside of the normal academic day and semester including evenings and weekends and, in some instances, necessitate personal transportation to clinical sites off campus. Students should keep these realities in mind when considering employment and other extracurricular obligations. They should also anticipate purchasing appropriate clothing for various clinical settings.
Admissions decisions are based on assessment of the student application and previously completed work. Options for admissions are as follows:
Category #1: MS in 5 Option (AT-MS5): There will be a maximum of five slots in the program available to students through the MS in 5 option. Students enrolled at CSS may apply for the MS in 5 option during fall of their junior year. Transfer candidates must complete a minimum of 24 CSS credits prior to application. At the conclusion of the fourth year students will receive a BA in Health Sciences. Requirements for the BA in Health Sciences are as follows:
BA in Health Sciences, Athletic Training Concentration
BIO 1036 Cell Biology (2), BIO 2110 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I (4), BIO 2120 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II (4), CHM 1020 Introductory Chemistry for Health Science Majors (4) or CHM 1110 General Chemistry (4), EXP 3331 Exercise Physiology (4), PSC 2001 Physics I (4) or EXP 3322 Biomechanics (4), PSY 3331 Statistics (4), PSY 1105 General Psychology (4).
A minimum 6 Credits from the following: ATR 3000 Introduction to Athletic Training (2), ATR 3001 Service Learning in Athletic Training (2), BIO 3020 Pathophysiology (4), EXP 3321 Kinesiology (4), EXP 3323 Sports Nutrition (4), HSC 2203 Intro to US Healthcare System (4), PSC 2002 Physics II (4), PSY 2208 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4), PSY 3341 Introduction to Counseling (2), PSY 3423 Abnormal Psychology (4).
In addition to the MS in AT application materials required for post-baccalaureate admissions, students must successfully complete the following to merit consideration:
Students admitted on this basis must be prepared to commit full time to study and clinical experiences. Students that are not admitted on this basis may apply as a Post Baccalaureate or Secondary Consideration student as outlined below.
Category #2: Post Baccalaureate Admissions: Students apply directly to the master's program for matriculation following completion of an undergraduate degree. Requirements for admission must be completed accordingly.
Category #3: Secondary Consideration Admission: Students in category #2 may be considered if there are vacant slots and the candidate falls below minimum requirements in one or more categories but otherwise shows potential for satisfactory performance in the graduate program. Students must address any deficiencies on their essay.
Post Baccalaureate applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning December 1st while MS in 5 applications are due October 15th. Upon acceptance, entry into the program begins in June. Once in the program, students must be enrolled full time, and all courses and clinical experiences must be successfully completed in the required sequence. Alterations in progression may be considered on an individual basis.
Applications for the program may be obtained by contacting:
Graduate Studies Office
Athletic Training Admissions
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811-4199
Prerequisites: Students must present evidence of successful completion of the following St. Scholastica courses (or equivalencies subject to consideration by the St. Scholastica Athletic Training Admissions Committee).
Exercise Physiology is the study of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity, the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement and maintenance of health and fitness, rehabilitation of heart disease and other chronic diseases and/or disabilities, and the professional guidance and counsel of athletes and others interested in athletics, sports training and human adaptability to acute and chronic exercise. Scientific results from exercise physiology research help to understand the physiological effects of systematic exercise, and the extent to which exercise helps in developing and maintaining cardiovascular and musculoskeletal integrity.
The Department of Exercise Physiology offers a bachelor of science degree in Exercise Physiology. During the spring semester of the senior year, students complete an internship (EXP 4555).
Larry Birnbaum, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Students should apply for admission to the department by January 31 of spring semester of their sophomore year in college. Applicants must have at minimum a 2.7 cumulative grade point average and no grade lower than a C- in any course. Application and information about the interview can be obtained from the chair of the department.
Upon completion of the academic degree in Exercise Physiology, the student will:
All Exercise Physiology majors take the following prerequisite courses: CHM 1020*, CHM 1035, BIO/CHM 1036, MTH 1111, BIO 2110, 2120, PSY 2208, PSC 2001 and the following departmental core courses: EXP 1110, EXP 3321, EXP 3322, EXP 3323, EXP 3330, EXP 3331, EXP 3332, EXP 3334, EXP 4431, EXP 4436, EXP 4438, EXP 4555, PSY 3331.
*Students interested in DPT need CHM 1110 and CHM 1120 instead of CHM 1020, CHM 1035, and CHM/BIO 1036. They also need PSC 2001 and PSC 2002 as well as HSC 2209 and PSY 3423.
The major in Health Information Management is housed in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. It provides students with professional knowledge necessary to assume management responsibility for health records and health information systems in a variety of health related settings, including hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies and software vendors. It is ideal for the person who likes the healthcare environment but does not want direct patient contact.
In 1934 The College of St. Scholastica became the first college in the U.S. to offer a major in this field. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are eligible to sit for the AHIMA national registration examination. Passing this examination entitles one to use the designation RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) after his/her name.
Professional practice experience (internship) is required in the senior year. The PPE consists of a directed practice focused on operational functions of HIM, a management affiliation, and an explorations component that gives each student the opportunity to work in a specialized setting or functional area in which they have an interest. The student provides travel and living expenses during this time.
A distance-based program has been designed for registered health information technicians (RHITs) and others with healthcare experience which enables them to earn a baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management. Online courses, transfer of previously completed coursework, and professional practice placement components comprise the program. The professional practice experience, which is adapted to individual student needs, has three or four components for distance students: directed practice for students with no previous HIM education or experience; clinical visits; an administrative project; and a two to three week management affiliation in a healthcare facility.
A post baccalaureate certificate option is available to students who enter the program with a previously earned baccalaureate degree. The post-baccalaureate certificate program requires completion of all Health Information Management course requirements as outlined for the major. The certificate, in combination with the student's prior bachelor's degree, qualifies the student to sit for the American Health Information Management Association's national registration examination.
A graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Health Information Management was established in 1997. Students interested in the master's degree should refer to the Graduate Program section of this Catalog.
Chair: Ryan Sandefer, M.A.
Undergraduate Program Director: Kathleen M. LaTour, M.A., R.H.I.A., F.A.H.I.M.A.
A student applies to the Health Information Management Program during spring semester of his/her sophomore year or at the time of transfer to the College. Admission to the department is based on a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, grade of C (2.0) in all courses required by the major, and completion of the department's admission process, including a panel interview.
The HIIM department reserves the right of retaining in the major only those students who satisfy requirements of scholarship, health and personal suitability for the profession.
A student graduating with a major in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica is well prepared to assume an entry level position in this professional field. Specifically, program outcomes are designed to assure that graduates of the program will be prepared to demonstrate:
BIO 1110 or 1036, 2110, 2120, and 3020; CIS 1007, 1008, 3105, 3107, and 3108; HIM 2101 4556 (online BS in HIM students substitute HIM 4520 as needed, HIM 4530, 4540 and 4550 for HIM 4555); HSC 2203; PSY 3331; TRS 3311. Admission and retention policies for the Health Information Management Department are consistent with those of the School of Health Sciences.
Occupational therapists are needed when an individual's ability to live independently, to care for personal needs, and to participate in work, school, family, and community life is disrupted by illness or injury. Occupational therapists strive to understand the importance of these occupations to the individual, and analyze the physical, mental, and social components of those occupations. They facilitate improved capability in the person, and then adapt the tasks and the environment, empowering the person to resume his/her occupations. Occupational therapists also provide support for wellness and prevention concerns. Occupational therapists work in schools, facilities for the elderly, clinics, and hospitals, as well as in alternative service delivery models such as prisons, community based settings, mental health agencies, and business/industry.
Department Chair: Diane Anderson, Ph.D, M.P.H., O.T.R./L.
Students may enter the Occupational Therapy Program during the senior year of undergraduate study or as a graduate student after completing a baccalaureate degree. (See section - Conversion to Post-Baccalaureate and 3.0 Entering GPA.) All liberal education requirements and Occupational Therapy Program prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the occupational therapy coursework. Upon entry into the program, students will complete two consecutive years of professional occupational therapy education, plus six months of clinical fieldwork. Students will earn a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy. (Students entering the program during their senior year will also earn a baccalaureate degree in Health Sciences.) The program is offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis.
Both undergraduates and applicants with degrees must take the following prerequisites (or their approved transfer equivalents) for admission into the Occupational Therapy Program: BIO 1110 - General Biology, BIO 2110 and BIO 2120 - Anatomy Physiology I & II, BIO 3020 - Pathophysiology; HSC 2209 - Medical Terminology; PSC 1501 - Physics (or PSC 1201); PSY 1105 - General Psychology, PSY 2208 - Life Span Developmental Psychology, PSY 3330 - PSY/SOC Research Methods, PSY 3331 - Statistics, PSY 3423 - Abnormal Psychology; choice of SOC 1125 - Basic Concepts and Principles of Sociology, SOC 2433 - The Family and Society, HON 2125 - Global Sociology or HIS/WGS 2231 - Cultural Anthropology.
There are two methods of acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Entry-Level Master of Science (M.S.) Program, the First-Year Admissions Criteria Track (FACT) or the Standard Admissions Track.
First-year students at The College of St. Scholastica may apply for early application to the Occupational Therapy Program by following FACT, the First-Year Admissions Criteria Track. FACT is a criterion-based early admission program for the graduate Occupational Therapy Program. Students who declare their intent to pursue an M.S. degree in occupational therapy by the end of their first year will be guaranteed admission to the program after three years of undergraduate work, should the student meet the plan criteria. FACT is available for up to 20 first-year students on a first-come first-serve basis, with applications accepted until May 1.
Students who have enough credits when they arrive at The College of St. Scholastica as first-year college students to make them sophomores (or higher), may apply as FACT applicants only if there are less than 20 FACT applicants in the future occupational therapy class with whom they will apply.
The Occupational Therapy Program uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) for those wishing to apply to the program. Prior to November 15 of the application year, all students, FACT and Standard Admissions Track, will use the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) to apply to the Occupational Therapy Program. Visit the OTCAS website at AOTA (http://www.aota.org/Educate/EdRes/OTCAS/Applicant.aspx) for more information.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program will consider only those applicants who submit a completed application through OTCAS including:
In addition to applying to OTCAS, Standard Admissions Track applicants will need to:
Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.
Preference is given to applications submitted by November 15 (of the junior year for those following the schema). Applicants will be considered after the submission date if there are spaces available. The initial acceptance pool consists of up to 20 qualified FACT students and the remainder of qualified St. Scholastica and transfer students for a class of 32.
For assistance with applications, students may contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811-4199. Phone (218) 723-6285 or (866) 478-9277, Email gradstudies @css.edu.
Wait List Policy
The Occupational Therapy Program has made the decision to convert the Program to a 4+2½ (post-baccalaureate) model of education and require a 3.0 preferred minimum GPA for application into the program. These changes will phase in according to the following schedule. The College of St. Scholastica defines a full-time St. Scholastica student as one who is registered for at least 12 credits/semester at St. Scholastica for two consecutive semesters immediately preceding the application, not including the semester in which the student is applying. An internal transfer is a student who does not meet the criteria for a full-time St. Scholastica student, but is registered at St. Scholastica for the fall in which they are applying to the program. An external transfer is a student who has never registered as a full-time St. Scholastica student.
Conversion Phase-In Plan
Table 1: ST. SCHOLASTICA Student, Academic Year, Application Year
Able to apply as Junior to the
3+2½ program with a
minimum 2.7 GPA?
^ The new catalog would reflect the 4+2½ model and change to a 3.0 preferred admission GPA; the FACT program would switch to the 3.0 preferred minimum GPA once the information is listed in the catalog.
* Students are able to apply/reapply during their senior year
A St. Scholastica student who applies to the Occupational Therapy Program in November 2014 must be either in their senior year or already have a bachelor's degree. By entry into the program in fall 2015, all students must have completed a bachelor's degree.
An internal transfer student (a student who is attending St. Scholastica but doesn't meet the criteria of a St. Scholastica student) must be a senior or have a bachelor's degree to apply to the program during the Fall 2014 application cycle. An external transfer (a student who is not enrolled in St. Scholastica during the fall in which he/she applies) must be a senior or have a completed bachelor's degree to apply to the program during the Fall 2013 application cycle.
Table 2: Transfer Student†, Academic Year, Application Year
|Year||Year Able to apply as a junior to the 3+2½ program with a minimum 2.7 GPA?|
|Internal transfer||External transfer|
^The new catalog would reflect the 4+2½ model and change to a 3.0 preferred admission GPA
†Transfer students must complete all occupational therapy application requirements; if they apply prior to completing an undergraduate degree, they must also complete the Benedictine Liberal Arts requirements.
Additional requirements once accepted into the program
Once accepted into the Occupational Therapy Program and prior to beginning classes, students must submit the following documentation for the Department of Occupational Therapy:
The vision of the Occupational Therapy Department is to be the first choice for students who seek an academically rigorous occupational therapy education that prepares them to be thoughtful, innovative, collaborative and practice ready.
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Department is to prepare, within the Benedictine traditions, occupational therapy professionals who will:
The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA and their website is www.aota.org
Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Information about NBCOT and the certification examination can be found at www.nbcot.org.
Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure. An individual who has a felony background and is considering entering an occupational therapy educational program, can have his or her background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam by requesting an Early Determination Review (http://www. nbcot.org/pdf/Early%20Determination%20Review.pdf).
All occupational therapy practitioners must pass the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam in order to practice. The graduates of the Occupational Therapy Entry-Level Master's Program at The College of St Scholastica have a high pass rate on the certification exam.
NBCOT Exam Graduate Pass Rates
|Number of graduates||15||19||25||59|
|Number of first-time test takers||14||19||24||57|
|Number of first-time test takers who passed||11||14||20||45|
|Percentage of first-time test takers who passed||78.6%||73.7%||83.3%||78.9%|
|Pass rate of retake||100%||100%||100%||100%|
Course fees are assessed in all occupational therapy courses for course materials and other expenses. The amount is determined from actual costs each year. Students can anticipate total charges of approximately $1,200 for course fees and approximately $2,000 for textbooks and resources during the course of the two and one-half year program. During the time a student is completing fieldwork, the student is responsible for living expenses, transportation to and from the site, and other related costs. Level II Fieldwork experiences are full-time (40 hours/week) work experiences that often require homework assignments and outside responsibilities.
Student handbooks are provided to all accepted applicants for specific policies and procedures related to academics and fieldwork.
The following first-year graduate occupational therapy courses also serve as the final year of the undergraduate Health Science major for students accepted prior to completing a baccalaureate degree. The occupational therapy curriculum is in the process of revision. The complete and up-to-date curriculum is detailed on the Occupational Therapy Program website and at http://www.css. edu/Academics/School-of-Heath-Sciences/Occupational-Therapy.html
|OTH 5331||Research I: Design and Proposal (2 cr.)|
|OTH 5501||Foundations in Occupational Therapy (4 cr.)|
|OTH 5502||Life Span Occupational Performance: Task Analysis and Media (4 cr.)|
|OTH 5503||Motor Functioning Across the Life Span (2 cr.)|
|OTH 5504||Assessment and Intervention Skills (2 cr.)|
|OTH 5505||Functional Anatomy (4 cr.)|
|OTH 5515||Neuroscience (5 cr.)(cross-listed as PTH 5511)|
|OTH 5521||Biomechanical Practice in Occupational Therapy (4 cr.)|
|OTH 5522||Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (4 cr.)|
|OTH 5552||Level I Fieldwork - A (1 cr.)|
|OTH 5553||Level I Fieldwork - B (1 cr.)|
The Physical Therapy Program is a post-baccalaureate, graduate program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Entry into the program requires completion of a bachelor's degree and program specific prerequisites. The student should be aware that the application process is competitive and completion of all prerequisites does not guarantee admission to the program. Students who intend to apply to the DPT Program must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above based on all undergraduate degree coursework, and a program prerequisite coursework GPA of 3.0 or above.
Application to the DPT Program is made through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) which can be accessed at www.ptcas.org
Information about all program prerequisites and additional requirements for application is available on the PTCAS website, as well as the St. Scholastica Graduate Admissions and Physical Therapy Department websites. The deadline for applications is November 1 prior to the year of admission.
The maximum number of students admitted to the graduate program is thirty six. Up to twenty- four positions are reserved for qualified St. Scholastica graduates. A minimum of six transfer students who have completed a bachelor's degree at another institution will be admitted. The remaining positions will be selected from qualified applicants from either Scholastica or transfer institutions.
General information about the program and course of study can be found on the St. Scholastica Physical Therapy Department website.
The mission of The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program is to prepare social work practitioners who demonstrate entry-level competence, practice ethical behavior, promote social justice and serve diverse communities in the Benedictine tradition, which includes the values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and love of learning. Social work addresses the needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. The core values of the profession are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program embraces the mission of the social work profession in the context of the College's Benedictine tradition. The program requires graduates to be well prepared for beginning generalist professional practice.
The St. Scholastica Social Work Program is accredited by The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is recognized by the Commission for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting body for social work education in the United States. All accredited programs must comply with CSWE established policies and program standards. CSWE states
The purpose of the social work profession is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work's purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons (CSWE, 2008. Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.)
Generalist social work practice is grounded in the liberal arts and the person and environment construct. To promote human and social well-being, generalist practitioners use a range of prevention and intervention methods in their practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The generalist practitioner identifies with the social work profession and applies ethical principles and critical thinking in practice. Generalist practitioners incorporate diversity in their practice and advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. They recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings. They engage in research-informed practice and are proactive in responding to the impact of context on professional practice. Baccalaureate social work practice incorporates all of the core competencies.
Graduates find employment in a variety of settings, some of which include: child and family service agencies, hospitals and other health care facilities, community action agencies, schools, child and adult protection, residential treatment programs, tribal social service agencies, gerontological services, mental health settings, criminal justice, developmental/mental disability programs, and international social work.
St. Scholastica graduates also may enter most MSW programs with advanced standing, requiring only 12 months of graduate study. For students who care about people and want to make a difference, social work may be the appropriate major.
Department Chair/Program Director:
Lee Gustafson, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., L.G.S.W.
The St. Scholastica Social Work Program has three goals and eleven specified educational outcomes that are the basis for assessing program effectiveness. Students who graduate from this program have had courses grounded in the liberal arts and a successively more advanced set of professional learning experiences that lead to competence for entry-level social work practice, community service and graduate education. The mission, goals, and outcomes specified by the program are the same for the main campus and the distance sites, as follows:
The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program will prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
The Social Work Program will foster the mission of the College and the values from the Benedictine heritage: community, hospitality, respect, stewardship, and the love of learning.
The Social Work Program will prepare students for lifelong learning.
Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships, and continue professional growth and development.
The College of St. Scholastica undergraduate Social Work Program prepares students in the generalist social work practice model, with emphasis on acquisition of basic knowledge, values and skills essential to beginning level professional practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. The program is guided by the liberal arts tradition of the College and integrates a humanistic, egalitarian educational philosophy with rigorous, sequential academic programming. Students completing the program are prepared to work in rural, urban, and international areas with diverse populations.
Accreditation standards require that the baccalaureate social work curriculum prepares graduates for generalist practice through mastery of a set of core competencies. These core competencies are measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, values, and skills. St. Scholastica Social Work students delineate the educational goals and objectives of the Social Work Program through demonstration of specific competencies that serve to inform and aid evaluation of those students' preparation for generalist social work practice. These competencies serve as a link between what may be observed or demonstrated in student knowledge, value and skill performance, and the program's curriculum expectations. In a general way, these competencies and accepted practice standards operationalize the educational objectives for students, faculty, and administration and provide a common set of definitions to gauge performance and behavior. The ten core competencies are listed below.
The College of St. Scholastica Social Work Program enables graduates to sit for licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Additionally, the curriculum is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching for School Social Worker Licensure. Students seeking licensure as a school social worker are required to complete the social work major coursework and SWK 4555 Senior Field Practi-cum in a school setting under the supervision of a licensed school social worker, consisting of at least 400 contact hours during one school year.
SWK 2240, 3000, 3339, 3360, 3362, 3370, 3383, 3385; 3315 or 3380 or 3390 or 3395 or 4777; SWK 3500, 3555, 4000, 4440, 4441, 4449, 4470, 4500, 4555.
Students provide their own transportation to community learning experiences such as their field practicum during the junior and senior years. Students are required to obtain professional liability insurance and submit a criminal background check before beginning field experiences. Students first become members of NASW at the beginning of their junior year and maintain membership through graduation. Students planning to attend graduate school (including programs offering advanced standing in social work) are strongly recommended to take PSY 3331 - Statistics.
All entering students are encouraged to submit their application for the Social Work major with the Registrar's Office once they are an intended major. Social Work majors apply for formal admission to the Social Work Program during the spring semester of the sophomore year. For fall junior-status priority admission, students transferring from a community college with an A.A. degree should make application to both the College and the Social Work Program by April 15.
Admission to the Social Work Program is a prerequisite condition for registration in SWK 3370. Application to the Social Work Program includes the following:
The Social Work Program director/chair informs the student of the decision in writing by June 15. Possible actions include:
Admission and retention criteria for the program are:
Other evaluative criteria used by the program include:
Many students enter St. Scholastica having first completed a portion of their education through a community college or other academic institution. In some cases, students complete associate degrees in human service or through other degree programs. The College recognizes previous academic work through recognition of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Additionally, the Social Work Program maintains strong reciprocal relationships with a number of community colleges, using specific articulation agreements between the community college program and the College Social Work Department. These articulation agreements specify transfer course equivalencies and other conditions to help transfer students meet necessary prerequisites, program admission requirements, and enter Scholastica "seamlessly." Fulfilling the terms of an articulation agreement is necessary in order for a student to receive full credit of transferred coursework to be applied for St. Scholastica graduation. Please feel free to contact one of the Social Work Program distance-site coordinators or the department chair if you have questions about an articulation agreement.
The Social Work Program reserves the privilege of accepting and retaining in the program only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, Admission Committee and Grievance Committee, satisfy the requirements of scholarship and the integrity of the social work profession as set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics. No academic credit is awarded for life or previous work experiences in this degree program.
The Social Work Program encourages all students to learn about the diversity in their communities. Program activities are dedicated to expanding students' experiences with diversity and to assist them in developing cultural competency. The Social Work Program conducts all of its activities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, local commission status, or status with regard to public assistance.