Joseph Santivasci, M.Ed.
Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
Marcie Cohen, M.S.
Coordinator of Student Support
Ben Morgan, M.A.
Associate Director of the Writing Center
Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis. As completed applications are received, they are reviewed, decisions are made, and the applicants are notified. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Bachelor of Social Work program at West Chester University in Philadelphia is
a part-time degree completion program that emphasizes critical thinking, self-evaluation,
and understanding the connections between people and their environments. BSW students
apply their assessment and intervention skills through two field placements that occur
over the course of three semesters. Students learn to promote the strengths and well-being
of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. After graduation,
students are able to choose from a variety of entry-level social work positions. Many
students choose to pursue graduate education in social work and related fields.The
BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
In order to fulfill degree requirements, students are encouraged to have completed all general education courses prior to attending the BSW program in Philadelphia. Social Work courses are offered in Philadelphia along with a limited number of general education courses. Students must complete general education courses not offered at WCU in Philadelphia at community college (through dual enrollment) or on WCU’s campus in West Chester, PA.
*The BSW program admits for the fall semester only.
Psychology (3 credits)
Art (3 credits)
Biology (3 credits)
Add’l science (3 credits)
Sociology (3 credits)
Writing 120 (3 credits)
Writing 200-level (3 credits)
History (3 credits)
Foreign language (6 credits) – 2 Classes
Political science (3 credits)
Public speaking (3 credits)
Philosophy (3 credits)
Math (3 credits)
Free electives (18 credits) – Usually classes transferred from your prior college/university
Below are all the social work courses required for the BSW degree. Please note that some of the courses may have transferred from your prior college but still should show up on your degree progress.
SWO 200 - Intro to Social Welfare
SWO 220 – Introduction to Generalist Practice
SWO 225 - Race Relations
SWO 300 – Family Systems
SWO 332 – Social Welfare Policies & Services
SWO 320 – Generalist Practice I
SWO 350 – Human Behavior. In the Social Environ. I
SWO 351 – Human Behavior. In the Social Environ. II
SWO 321 - Generalist Social Work Practice II
SWO 431 – Methods of Social Inquiry
SWO 375 – Field Experience I
SWO 395 – Junior Seminar
SWO 432 – Advanced Policy Practice
SWO 495 - Senior Seminar I
SWO 496 - Senior Seminar II
SWO 450 -Field Experience II
SWO 451 - Field Experience III
West Chester University’s nationally ranked RN-to-BSN program is available in Center City Philadelphia. Designed for licensed Registered Nurses, this degree completion program will put you on the fast track to success. The RN-to-BSN program is designed to meet the needs of our busy students who are balancing life and work in addition to studies. Courses are offered in a hybrid format, alternating between in-person weekly evening classes and online assignments. Nurses with a BSN are needed in areas such as acute care, healthcare administration, and many other areas. Graduates of WCU’s RN-to-BSN Program continue to grow professionally and are qualified to take on a number of roles in both acute and chronic healthcare settings as well as community settings. Many graduates continue on for graduate studies which qualifies them for leadership or nursing education positions. The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2019.