Becoming a Social Worker in Utah

Utah credentials social workers who have master's degrees; those who have baccalaureate degrees are regulated as social service workers. While the names may be different than they are in other states, the training can look quite similar. The following is a guide for getting your social worker education in Utah.

If You Are a High School Student

Step 1:

Take college prep or advanced placement courses in high school. Meanwhile, seek out volunteer opportunities.

Step 2:

Research universities. If you want to be a social services worker, you must have coursework in social welfare and other areas prescribed by the Utah Division of Professional and Occupational Licensing (DOPL). If you wish to earn your credential in the most expedient manner, choose a school that offers a Bachelor of Social Work program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (This can also expedite your graduate social work education.)

While all accredited BSW programs cover the same core content, some have special programs. They may, for example, allow you to minor in areas like gerontology/ aging.

Step 3:

Begin your pre-social work coursework. The following are typical prerequisites: sociology, psychology, anthropology, and human development. You are generally required to complete two social work courses before admission to the social work major; some schools will allow you to take more.

Step 4:

Excel in social work courses and earn positive field evaluations.

Step 5:

Take the bachelor's level examination through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). You will need the permission of the Utah licensing agency.

Find more detailed Utah Social Work Licensure information here.

Step 6:

It is also an option to go straight from baccalaureate to master's level study. A BSW can reduce the time you spend pursuing your master’s by as much as one-half. It is fine to spend a few years working full-time before pursuing further education, but schools do impose a time limit on advanced standing. (It is typically five to seven years; in rare cases, it may be extended to ten.)

If You Have a College Degree

Step 1:

Research Master of Social Work admission requirements. You do not need to have a bachelor’s degree in social work, or Utah substance abuse certification, to be accepted into the standard MSW track. However, it is an asset to have some professional or volunteer experience. Most schools do not require the GRE or MAT, but graduate tests may be considered, or even required, if your undergraduate GPA falls below the expected level.

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.

Fordham University's top-ranked School of Social Work offers an online MSW program that prepares students for relevant, integrated practice with all populations. GRE scores not required. Request information today.

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:

Begin foundations coursework (unless you have been allowed to skip it on the strength of your undergraduate degree). In addition to academic coursework, you will do a short field experience during your foundations year.

Step 3:

Consider whether to seek state licensure as a social service worker. You can do this after your first year of master's level study.

Step 4:

Complete coursework in your concentration. Your “concentration year” field experience is often longer.

Step 5:

Take the ASWB national board examination. You may take the master's level examination or a higher level one. You can apply as early as your last semester, provided you provide the necessary documentation to the Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Once you have your degree in hand and your paperwork processed, you will be eligible for state credentialing as a Certified Social Worker.

Step 6:

Work in a supervised role. You must complete a 4,000 hour experience requirement if you are pursuing clinical licensure.

Step 7:

Seek licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). At this point, you will need to take the ASWB clinical exam (if you have not done so already). Utah does not offer an advanced practice credential outside the clinical arena. However, you may pursue voluntary credentials through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Find more detailed Utah Social Work Licensure information here.