Social Work

Social Work Degree

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 25% between 2010 and 2020.  There is a great demand for licensed social workers in Clermont and surrounding communities. 

 UC Clermont College has embraced a steady increase of Social Work Students for the past ten years.  As a result students can complete their Bachelors of Social Work Degree at UC Clermont and UC Clermont East

 The BSW program at UC East is expected to increase by 200% over the next year.  We are excited to witness the transition for students interested in completing their social work degree at UC Clermont.

Social workers are highly trained, experienced professionals. Only those who have earned social work degrees at the associates, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral levels—and completed a minimum number of hours in practicum supervised fieldwork—are considered professional social workers.

Social work practice is person-centered and strengths-based.

Social workers help individuals or groups identify their problems, assess what they are doing well, and then analyze ways that those strengths might be applied to the identified problems.

Many social workers work directly with clients who are individuals, families or small groups. These social workers help clients cope with problems such as poverty, abuse, addiction,  mental illness, grief, trauma and loss by providing counseling, connecting clients with service providers, and empowering clients to meet their own needs.

Macro level social worker includes work with communities, organizations or governments. These workers advocate for vulnerable populations, fighting to end the inequalities and injustices they witness in communities. Social Workers create policies and reduce barriers to allow necessary reform.

 Professional social workers are found in every facet of community life—in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, senior centers, elected office, private practices, prisons,  veterans and other military, organizations,  and in numerous public and private agencies that serve individuals and families in need. Many also serve as social and community service directors.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), professional social workers are the nation’s largest group of mental health services providers. There are more clinically trained social workers—over 200,000—than psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses combined. Federal law and the National Institutes of Health recognize social work as one of five core mental health professions.

The UCCC has a two year transferable program to the UC Main Campus School of Social work that is housed in the Allied Health Department.  The associates level program is transferable with advance standing credits for graduates who fulfill the associate level requirements. 

Students can complete their BSW at UC East in Clermont County or transfer to the Uptown Social Work Program.  Students are required to transfer college regardless where they attend classes.  Once students complete the BSW program many students apply for the Masters Degree in Social Work. 

Social workers practice in many settings working with people and communities to find solutions to problems. Fields where social workers provide direct service to individuals, families, and groups include:

  • Children and family services in child protective services, foster care agencies, adoptions, schools, and counseling agencies.
  • Health services in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes.
  • Mental health and substance abuse services in treatment and case management agencies, and private practice.
  • Aging services in home care services and senior centers.
  • Legal services in correctional facilities, treatment agencies, and mediation services.

Other social workers work with community members to improve conditions in their areas. Still others work in leadership roles in social service organizations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work and health care administration are occupations expected to grow “faster than average” in the coming years. Job prospects in these fields are considered excellent.


Social Work

What is Social Work?

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers help people function the best way they can in their environment, by teaching them life skills or linking them to appropriate resources. They may help people who face a life-threatening disease or serious chronic illness or disability. They often provide social services in health-related settings that are governed by managed care organizations.

Social workers also work with people in crisis, assisting families in serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse. Other clients may be trying to cope with unemployment, inadequate housing or substance abuse.

Most social workers specialize their degree. Although some conduct research is involved in planning or policy development, most prefer an area of practice in which they interact directly with people.

This program provides you with the first two years toward completion of a bachelor’s degree in social work.

You should be emotionally mature, objective and sensitive to people and their problems. You must be able to handle responsibility, work independently and maintain good working relationships with clients and coworkers.

Career Possibilities

With an associate degree in social work, you can enter the job market as a paraprofessional in service organizations. With a bachelor’s or master’s degree, you can advance to professional status and additional responsibilities. Many directorship opportunities require a doctorate degree.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Not only do you receive the academic preparation necessary for transition to a bachelor’s program, you also receive valuable skills while training that are not typically offered at the undergraduate level. You will get firsthand, supervised experience in performing the actual duties of a professional social worker. Such direct experience is invaluable in helping you confirm career choices and to provide motivation for learning.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Transferring to UC Requirements

To transfer to UC Clermont, you must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices including ours, (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details, or email with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Associate of Arts Degree in Social Work

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


UC Clermont & UC East


Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
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