Learn and transform your social work niche with an advanced level of clinical knowledge and skills. Students in this graduate certificate program will learn to apply relevant scientific evidence, master standards of care, understand ethical and legal principles, and learn how to exercise clinical judgment to support diagnostic, and therapeutic interventions.
This certificate prepares practitioners for social work practice with individuals and families in a variety of settings e.g. agencies that serve veterans, counseling agencies, community mental health centers, hospitals, schools, state and public agencies, family services, etc. Furthermore, as clinical social workers diagnose and treat mental and behavioral disorders, including substance use disorders, additional licensure and education is required to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to effectively prepare for clinical practice. Clinical social work practice is highly specialized and requires licensure and typically has better economic outcomes for social work practitioners. In the U.S., clinical social work jobs are projected to grow approximately 16% by 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Social Work - Application Requirements
|CV Upload Required||No|
|Personal Statement Upload Required||No|
|Writing Sample Required||No|
|Assistantship App Available||No|
|GRE or GMAT||Not required.|
|Spring App Deadline||December 1|
|Summer App Deadline||May 1|
|Fall App Deadline||July 31|
|Number of Recommendations Required||None|
A. Admission to UK's Graduate School, admission to the MSW program, submission of the certificate application and subsequent acceptance. NOTE: Students in the MSW program must have completed the 600 level courses or be advanced standing to meet prerequisites of the courses.
B. Alternatively, if the applicant already has an MSW, admission to the UK Graduate School in a nondegree seeking status, submission of the certificate application and subsequent acceptance.
College of Social Work
619 Patterson Office Tower
If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.