Becoming a Social Worker in Nevada

In Nevada, you can become a Licensed Social Worker with either a bachelor's or master's degree in social work; your status will be the same, at least initially. With a master's, you can continue your training and earn independent or clinical licensing.

Here is a guide to getting a social worker education in Nevada and reaching your desired practice level.

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If You Are a High School Student...

Step 1:

In high school, concentrate on taking the courses required for general university admission. Meanwhile, do job shadowing or other career exploration.

Step 2:

Research universities. If you will be seeking licensure at the undergraduate level, select a school with a social work program that has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Step 3:

Enroll in the university and take general studies courses as well as any introductory social work courses that are available to you. Meet with a social work adviser. The adviser may be able to suggest volunteer opportunities as well as academic courses.

Step 4:

Apply to the school of social work at the appropriate time. The application process will take place at some point before you begin your field work. Nevada social work schools have GPA requirements between 2.0 and 2.5. Some programs require references.

Step 4:

Complete your upper division social work courses and field placement.

Step 5:

Apply to the Nevada Board for licensure as you near degree completion. You will need to have fingerprints made.

Step 6:

Take the bachelor’s level examination through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Find more detailed Nevada Social Work Licensure information here.

If You Have a College Degree...

Step 1:

Research MSW options and take steps to make yourself competitive. Your school will consider paid and volunteer experience. You do not need to have a bachelor's degree in social work, but if you have one, you may have a shorter program.

The Simmons College School of Social Work ([email protected]) is the nation’s oldest school of social work and is offering an innovative Online Master of Social Work program. You can complete this CSWE-accredited Master's in Social Work program in as little as 15 months. There is no GRE required for acceptance to this program. Request information.

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers a CSWE-accredited online Master's in Social Work. The GRE is not required to apply to the [email protected] program. A Bachelor's degree is required. Learn more about this program.

The Simmons College School of Social Work ([email protected]) is the nation’s oldest school of social work and is offering an innovative Online Master of Social Work program. You can complete this CSWE-accredited Master's in Social Work program in as little as 15 months. There is no GRE required for acceptance to this program. Request information.

Capella University is now offering an online Master of Social Work that is in CSWE candidacy status. The MSW program helps prepare students to enter the general or clinical practice role (in most states). Capella also offers an online Doctor of Social Work. Click Here to contact Capella University about their Master of Social Work program or Doctor of Social Work program.

Capella University is now offering an online Master of Social Work that is in CSWE candidacy status. The MSW program helps prepare students to enter the general or clinical practice role (in most states). Capella also offers an online Doctor of Social Work. Click Here to contact Capella University about their Master of Social Work program or Doctor of Social Work program.

Step 2:

Initiate the application process by securing references and preparing your essay(s). Begin prerequisite coursework, if required. If you have a liberal arts degree, you will have met most requirements. Your school may require several social science courses and one course in biology.

If you hold either a bachelor’s or master’s in a related field, you may apply to the Nevada Board for provisional licensing as a social worker while you complete your degree. This status is good for up to three years.

Step 3:

Complete your MSW. If you do not have a BSW, you will spend the equivalent of one academic year taking generalist courses and a second academic year taking advanced or specialist courses. You will spend at least 900 hours gaining field experience. You may do a traditional practicum or an integrated project. Options will vary depending on school.

Step 4:

Apply for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) status if you did not do so at the BSW level. You can do this when you are in the final term of your MSW program. You will need to have fingerprints made. You will be qualified for licensure as an LSW if you have passed either the bachelor's or master's level ASWB examination.

Step 5:

Apply for an internship in the appropriate practice area (clinical or nonclinical). Make sure that you have appropriate supervision and file all paperwork required by the Nevada Board.

Step 6:

Accrue the necessary 3,000 hours of supervised experience. This should take you two to three years. You will have evaluations at regular intervals.

Step 7:

Take the required licensing examination. You will take the ASWB clinical exam if you are seeking licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). You will take the advanced generalist exam if you are seeking credentialing as a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

Find more detailed Nevada Social Work Licensure information here.