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Online Bachelor of Social Work: Healthcare Social Work Concentration

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Apply Social Work Practice in Healthcare

  • Comprehensive Curriculum
  • Experienced Faculty
  • Learn to Serve Diverse Populations

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  • Duration 2-4 years
  • Cost per Credit $495
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • Learn Unique Knowledge and Skills for Social Work in Healthcare
  • Acquire Fundamental Medical Terminology
  • Gain Skills to Serve the Needs of Populations in Health-Related Situations

Become an Advocate for Patients and Families

In the Healthcare Social Work concentration of Carlow’s online BSW, you’ll gain a conceptual, ethical and practical framework for social work practice in healthcare. With your understanding of the United States healthcare system, the biopsychosocial/spiritual impact of illness and the psychosocial needs of populations most often served in health-related social work, you’ll be able to empower patients and their families.

The Healthcare Social Work Concentration Will Allow You To:

  • Gain a competitive edge and become more marketable for bachelor’s-level positions in healthcare social work.
  • Learn to encourage patients and their families on their journey to holistic health.
  • Help vulnerable populations access healthcare resources.

Prepare for a Social Work Career in Healthcare


11 credits

The online BSW: Healthcare Social Work concentration includes course topics in healthcare social work pathways, social work practice in healthcare, grief and loss and medical terminology. Utilize concentration credits to gain an edge in your area of interest with the BSW: Healthcare Social Work concentration.

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This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for effective healthcare social work practice with patients and families. Advocating for and ensuring patients and families have access to the necessary resources, as well as addressing emotional and psychosocial needs are emphasized. The technological, social, political, ethical and financial factors affecting patient care are explored. Case studies and exercises emphasize the importance of practicing social workers’ attentiveness to both patient and organizational needs. Emerging trends in healthcare policy and delivery are addressed as well as social work practice across the continuum of care. PREREQUISITE: SW 302

This course provides students with a working knowledge of medical terminology by exploring the root words, suffixes and prefixes of the vocabulary used in healthcare settings. Students review the nervous, skeletal, cardiovascular, muscle and other major systems of the human body, and they discuss terms related to physiology, anatomy and pathological conditions.

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Career Outlook: Healthcare Social Work Concentration

With the Healthcare Social Work concentration, you’ll be a competitive candidate for bachelor’s-level careers at the intersection of social work and healthcare. You could become a public health social worker, substance abuse social worker, community health worker, medical social worker, discharge plan manager and more.

Healthcare Social Worker $62,310 per year1

Medical and Public Health Social Worker $57,886 per year2

Discharge Planner $50,270 per year3

Customize Your Area of Study

Enhance your knowledge and skills in your social work degree by choosing from optional concentrations in Crisis and Trauma, Restorative Justice and Healthcare Social Work.

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Social Work, BSW: Restorative Justice Concentration

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Frequently Asked Questions

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You can pursue social work with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in your social work degree by choosing from optional concentrations in Crisis and Trauma, Restorative Justice and Healthcare Social Work.

Yes. The program can be completed in a part-time or full-time format, depending on your needs. Full-time students take 12 to 15 credits per semester, while part-time students can take less.

Students transferring to Carlow from other institutions may have up to 90 credits accepted. A grade of C or higher must have been earned. Courses taken for pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades may only be transferred if it can be verified that a pass or satisfactory grade is equivalent to a C or higher.

Carlow offers institutional scholarships to students who are enrolled full-time. There are other scholarships offered by outside organizations for which students can also apply. Speak to an enrollment counselor about scholarship opportunities.

To apply for the program, submit your application and transcripts, along with any other required information. Find out more about the application process.

Most students complete the online BSW program in around four years. Graduate in as little as two years if you have an Associate Degree in Social Work and transfer credits that apply towards the social work degree.

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