Social Work | Careers

The Bachelor of Arts in social work is considered the entry level of professional practice. You will be prepared to carry out professional roles in social service agencies working with individuals, couples, families, and small groups. You will also have some preparation to carry out broader organizational and community roles. Additionally, you are eligible to apply for social work licensure in states where it is either mandatory or voluntary at the bachelor level of practice. Students who graduate from Mount Mercy with an accredited baccalaureate social work major may be eligible for "advanced standing" in many master of social work programs. This usually allows a student to complete a MSW in a shorter amount of time than the regular program takes.

Graduates of Mount Mercy’s program are now working at:

  • HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention
  • Hospital Social Services
  • Hospice
  • Juvenile and Adult Correction
  • Alcohol of Substance Abuse
  • Child Protection Service
  • Services for People with Disabilities
  • Nursing Home Social Worker
  • Youth Counselors
  • Elderly in Home Services
  • Several graduates are attending graduate school in social work and law

What our graduates say

“Mount Mercy’s social work program definitely shaped my values and ethics as a professional. I took away a strong understanding and commitment to the social work code of ethics, which I attribute to those who taught me. I work for an agency with high ethical standards, and because of my training at Mount Mercy, I find we’re usually on the same page.”
– Melissa McCrory ’99, Case Manager, Family Programs Hawaii