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Business, Education, Social Science, & Technology Division

Business, Education, Social Science, & Technology Division

Social Service, A.S. (Cumberland)


Program Information
In today’s fast-paced, complex society, there’s a vital need for compassionate,
professional social workers. This program taps into your natural ability to interact with others, and that capacity is refined into a valuable skill with rewarding professional opportunities. You’ll receive the practical
and theoretical education necessary for success, professionally or at a four-year college.
The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that social worker jobs will be particularly abundant during the next decade. This will be especially true in New Jersey due to the state’s older-than-average population and
its growing popularity as a retirement area.
Program Goals
Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and acceptance of social work values and ethics.
  • Describe the social workers’ role within the social service field.
  • Implement a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving intervention.
  • ​Locate, retrieve and critically evaluate information and information sources related to the profession.​​​

Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to high school graduates, GED (General Education Development) recipients or others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from residents of other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.

When you Graduate

There are always benefits to earning a higher degree. The social work profession has a career ladder: it starts with an Associate’s degree (AS), then a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW), a Master’s degree (MSW), followed by a Doctorate degree. Aside from simply earning a higher salary, a higher degree can also translate into holding a more prominent position that, without a doubt, leads to more responsibilities.
This program offers direct transfer to Georgian Court University and Stockton State University for a Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) and a master in social work (MSW).

A Licensed Social Worker
There are three exams that can be taken to further your career as a social worker. The Master’s exam, the Licensed Social Work exam (LSW), and the Licensed Clinical Social Work exam (LCSW). 
LSW: will allow a person to complete their 3000 hours of internship (can be a paid position) supervised by a LCSW. Once the hours are done the intern sits for their final exam, the LCSW. To maintain the LSW license requires 30 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) every two years. 
LCSW: In the state of NJ once the intern has passed the LCSW exam they may have a private practice (psychotherapist). A LCSW has the opportunity to go anywhere a social work position is available: schools, government, military, prisons, hospitals, hospice, ER, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living, home health agencies, non-profit, or open their own practice. To maintain the LSW license requires 40 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) every two years.

Further Education with a Doctorate or a Doctorate in Philosophy.

Career Opportunities
Associate’s Degree in Social Work
What you can do with a AS degree:
  • Residential Counselor
  • Social Service Assistant
  • Case Manager Assistant
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
What you can do with a BSW degree:​
  • Case Management & Intake
  • Child and Family Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Community Organization & Program Management
Master’s Degree in Social Work
What you can do with a MSW degree
  • Medical Social Work
  • Medical/Public Health/Military
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Child Welfare
  • School Social Work
  • Community Program Administration
  • Social Work Teachers
S​ocial work is not equate to child welfare alone and obtaining a job at DCPP (formerly DYFS).

The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.