Bachelor of Social Work Online

Prepare to Begin Social Work Practice

Your future. Our promise.

The online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is built on a strong liberal arts base that prepares students for beginning social work practice to help individuals, families, and groups overcome challenges in diverse communities.

Students may choose to complete an Addictions track as part of their degree. The online BSW in Addictions qualifies students to take the Illinois Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) examination for Illinois certification upon graduation.

The program’s Child Welfare track delivers the skills to improve the lives of children and their families. It also provides credentials required for Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) certification and Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol (CERAP). Students who complete this track will also be eligible to obtain a Child Welfare Employee License (CWEL) upon employment at a child welfare agency.

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Finish in 2 to 4 Years

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Prepare to Work with Diverse Populations

With Aurora University’s online BSW program, you can establish a broad academic background in courses taught by faculty with real-world experience. The program also includes an internship, letting you apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios. The core courses prepare you to work with:

Build the skills, knowledge, values, and ethics social work professionals need to work with individual clients.

Delve into family development theory and evidence-based practices for providing social work services to families.

Get an overview of group work theory, including group development, leadership, group formation, and group process.

Explore fundamental concepts and principles of community organization and organizational theory.

Your Education is More Flexible and Affordable

Higher education is now more accessible with Aurora University Online. As a student, you will utilize a convenient learning platform that puts the path to a degree at your fingertips. Because AU Online uses OER in some programs, you can benefit from significant savings on textbook costs.

Get Ready to Begin Your Social Work Career

Graduates with the BSW degree are eligible to take the Illinois State Social Work license exam (LSW) after completing two years of work experience and apply for advanced standing in the Aurora University Master of Social Work program. You can also seek entry-level roles after graduation.

Career Paths for BSW Graduates

  • Addictions treatment counseling
  • Behavioral management
  • Case management
  • Child, family, and school social work
  • Healthcare social work
  • Mental health and substance abuse social work
  • Policy advocacy
  • Rehabilitation case work

Aurora University Online has a strong tradition of serving students with a quality education rooted in the foundational principles of academic excellence. AU Online strives to make college affordable for students while designing degree programs around quality curricula to foster career success.

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Aurora University is a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements initiative.

Aurora University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The Aurora University baccalaureate social work and master of social work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

This program is also offered on the Aurora and Woodstock, Illinois campuses.