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Information sessions in Southwest Virginia highlight ETSU Department of Social Work programs

Contributed • Sep 20, 2019 at 4:54 PM

East Tennessee State University’s Department of Social Work will host three information sessions to promote opportunities for students to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at three Southwest Virginia sites – Galax, Pounding Mill and Norton.

ETSU’s Master of Social Work program is now being offered in these three Virginia locations, as well as in Sevierville, Tennessee. This new initiative is the result of a collaboration between ETSU and Family Preservation Services.

“We have expanded our outreach so that students in these communities have a convenient path to earning their MSW,” said Dr. Rana Duncan-Daston, ETSU Social Work site coordinator in Abingdon. “These information sessions are the perfect opportunity for prospective students to learn about how attainable – and close to home – an MSW can be.”

The Galax Information Session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 5-6 p.m. at the Family Preservation Services office, located at 106 Calhoun Street, Galax, Virginia.

The Pounding Mill Information Session is set for Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5-6 p.m. at the Family Preservation Services office, located at 220 Clay Drive, Pounding Mill, Virginia.

The Norton Information Session also will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Family Preservation Services office, located at 340 Anderson Hollow Road, Suite 200, Norton, Virginia.

Information session attendance is open to the public. Much of the MSW program will be offered online and via interactive video; however, attendees of the Information Session will be provided with specific details about how the ETSU MSW program is offered in Southwest Virginia and how to apply.

The Advanced Standing MSW program, for those with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, begins in January 2020, and the application deadline is Nov. 1.

The Traditional MSW program (for those with a degree other than the BSW) begins in May, and that application deadline is March 1.

Degree completion for the Advanced Standing program is two years part-time. Degree completion for the Traditional program is expected in three years part-time, plus one semester.

Students will receive the educational foundation for careers in social work, including the educational requirements to begin work toward the licensed clinical social worker certification post-graduation.

All students enrolled in these Virginia programs qualify for Tennessee in-state tuition rates regardless of legal residency. ETSU is certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council on Higher Education.

To learn more about the Department of Social Work, which is in ETSU’s College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, visit www.etsu.edu/crhs/socialwork. To find out more about the information sessions, contact Dr. Rana Duncan-Daston at 276-619-4364 or [email protected].

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