Social Work

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers help people cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. Some social workers help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse.

Some social workers conduct research, advocate for improved services, engage in systems design or are involved in planning or policy development. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting, such as a school, hospital, mental health facility or private practice.

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for entry into the occupation. Many positions require an advanced degree. NMC’s program is specifically designed to transfer to the bachelor’s degree program offered by Ferris State University at NMC’s University Center. Michigan and all other states have some licensure, certification, or registration requirement.

Job outlook

Employment for social workers is expected grow 22 percent between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specialize in the aging population or work in rural areas.

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Program Requirements

NMC Code 723

The social work courses are designed to transfer to other four-year schools with certified social work programs. It is specifically designed to fit into the Ferris State University Social Work bachelor's degree program at the University Center in Traverse City and on the Ferris main campus in Big Rapids.

When choosing this program of study, it is highly recommended to meet with the social work coordinator. This will assist you in building a program that will transfer smoothly. Social work is a rapidly growing field that employs people in many different areas of work and requires very specific training and course work.

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