Northwestern social work students accepted into masters program

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Northwestern social work students accepted into masters program

May 12, 2011

Alva social work students
Northwestern-Alva graduates Brittany McLain, Vera Featherston and Christina Walker  
 Shari Moore
Northwestern-Enid grad Shari Moore
 Woodward social work students
Northwestern-Woodward graduates Sherie Byrd and Sarah Thompson

Six students who recently graduated from the Social Work program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University have been accepted into the advanced standing Master of Social Work program (MSW) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). The students include: Sherie Byrd and Sarah Thompson of Woodward; Christina Walker, Vera Featherston and Brittany McLain, Alva; and Shari Moore, Enid.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation of Northwestern’s Social Work program allows students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) to be eligible to apply to an MSW program with advanced standing. Depending on the institution, the MSW course is 32-36 credit hours as opposed to a typical 64 credit hour program. A student in a full-time advanced standing program can complete course requirements for an MSW in one calendar year.

Since 2009, the social work program has experienced a 100 percent acceptance rate of BSW students admitted into MSW advanced standing programs. In 2009, the social work program had three students admitted into advanced standing MSW programs, five students in 2010 and now six students in 2011.

“These statistics are simply indicative of the quality of students in the social work major at Northwestern and the high standards we uphold in the social work program,” said Kylene Rehder, Social Work Department Chair.

“We are so proud of our students obtaining MSW degrees, but are equally as proud of our BSW graduates who are taking impressive positions and dedicating themselves to the generalist practice of social work.”

Graduates of the program are awarded BSW degrees and are prepared for immediate entry into professional practice. BSW graduates posses the intellectual, practical and professional skills needed to promote beneficial change in the lives of their clients and in society at large.

“It is very satisfying to know that Northwestern’s Department of Social Work is meeting the goal of filling the needs of the region with degreed, professional social workers who are able to provide services to underserved populations in the region,” said Rae Wilson, Social Work Field Education director.

Since CSWE accreditation of the social work program, the Department of Social Work has experienced many program and student successes.

The department was awarded with the annual Title-IV Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program (CWPEP) grant, awarded a $25,000 grant to construct a student resource center and interviewing lab, has hosted many community forums and workshops for area social workers, and has experienced tremendous increase in student enrollment.

Some student successes include three consecutive years of National Education for Women’s (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute recipients and a Brad Henry International Scholar. Also, Northwestern is home to the 2010 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Oklahoma Undergraduate Student of the Year.

To learn more about Northwestern’s social work program contact Rehder at (580-327-8135 or