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How to Become a Medical Social Worker

What Does a Medical Social Worker Do?

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Medical social workers provide unique and vital social services to patients in the midst of challenging medical issues, often of such magnitude as a terminal diagnosis or a traumatic assault. No matter the challenge, not a day goes by that isn’t filled with the reward of making a significant difference in the lives of others.

A medical social worker offers the support and resources clients need in order to recover from illness or trauma as well as its psychological, emotional and physical consequences. Sometimes this means helping a client with practical tasks such as arranging meals and transportation after a hospital stay. At other times, it involves giving psychosocial support to crime victims, helping law enforcement in child abuse cases or arranging grief counseling. Medical social workers courageously step into these situations and mobilize all available resources to help people recover or live the remainder of their lives with the greatest possible degree of dignity and independence.

Workplace Details

Medical social workers are employed in hospitals, hospices and public or private healthcare institutions. They counsel individual clients and their families, facilitate support groups and coordinate short- and long-term healthcare decisions and services. Travel is a routine part of the job, as medical social workers visit patients in hospitals and at their homes after they have been discharged.

Salary and Job Outlook

State
Average Wage
California
$71080
Massachusetts
$54350
New York
$60060
Texas
$57950
Ohio
$53130

Hover over any state to explore local income and job growth data.

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ALABAMA

Median Salary: 
$45,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $66,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 20%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 110

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Birmingham$28,800$46,920$66,310
Huntsville$33,260$44,100$59,270

ALASKA

Median Salary: 
$56,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 13%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Anchorage$34,060$58,100$83,920

ARIZONA

Median Salary: 
$39,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $26,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $69,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 26%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 210

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Phoenix$25,990$37,770$69,220
Tuscon$28,390$42,700$62,500

ARKANSAS

Median Salary: 
$41,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $23,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $64,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Little Rock$30,410$51,340$71,400
Fort Smith$23,800$44,940$61,300

CALIFORNIA

Median Salary: 
$67,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $38,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $104,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 23%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 670

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Los Angeles$41,060$67,060$102,570
San Francisco Bay$41,110$73,860$113,590
San Diego$44,620$72,280$107,850
Sacramento$40,250$67,730$114,040

COLORADO

Median Salary: 
$52,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $76,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 37%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 130

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Denver$38,620$54,810$77,850
Colorado Springs$31,580$42,300$65,850

CONNECTICUT

Median Salary: 
$62,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $40,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $95,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 8%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 70

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Hartford$44,180$62,220$90,210
Bridgeport$46,460$70,880$101,810
New Haven$33,150$59,150$99,480

DELAWARE

Median Salary: 
$51,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $36,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 15%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Wilmington$35,760$49,080$64,630
Dover$36,310$51,710$79,210

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Median Salary: 
$64,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $41,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $101,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 15%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Washington DC$38,190$59,880$86,020

FLORIDA

Median Salary: 
$47,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $73,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 28%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 290

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Miami$30,340$48,270$78,020
Orlando$37,410$49,440$108,600
Tampa$27,640$43,450$70,380
Jacksonville$31,500$46,950$64,590

GEORGIA

Median Salary: 
$45,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $31,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $71,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 22%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 190

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Atlanta$32,270$46,840$73,800
Augusta$32,940$51,340$78,690

HAWAII

Median Salary: 
$60,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $81,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 16%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Honolulu$34,200$62,040$83,230

IDAHO

Median Salary: 
$50,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $74,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 25%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 310

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Boise$37,460$50,110$76,770
Idaho Falls$24,840$44,430$62,420

ILLINOIS

Median Salary: 
$55,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 13%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 170

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Chicago$33,960$58,700$81,190
Rockford$39,860$58,210$80,160

INDIANA

Median Salary: 
$43,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 22%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 180

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Indianapolis$30,070$47,370$76,590
South Bend$27,650$46,010$63,830
Fort Wayne$26,710$33,750$55,140

IOWA

Median Salary: 
$45,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $62,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Des Moines$37,690$50,540$64,000
Cedar Rapids$27,170$36,420$56,190

KANSAS

Median Salary: 
$47,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 11%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Wichita$32,990$48,760$70,830
Kansas City$34,880$52,150$71,840

KENTUCKY

Median Salary: 
$45,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $61,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 37%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 110

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Louisville$33,260$47,910$62,080
Lexington$32,920$46,810$60,730

LOUISIANA

Median Salary: 
$47,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 14%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 80

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
New Orleans$36,330$47,360$63,940
Baton Rouge$32,420$45,910$64,660
Lafayette$33,370$47,050$65,910

MAINE

Median Salary: 
$48,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $38,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $62,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Portland$35,260$49,380$66,600
Lewiston$39,200$50,170$60,430

MARYLAND

Median Salary: 
$54,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $30,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 25%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 210

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Baltimore$33,600$56,550$77,970
Frederick$39,990$59,170$80,900

MASSACHUSETTS

Median Salary: 
$52,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $31,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 4%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 340

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Boston$32,280$52,200$77,800
Worcester$29,420$55,190$73,950
Springfield$38,490$59,430$80,750

MICHIGAN

Median Salary: 
$52,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $35,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $75,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 15%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 250

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Detroit$34,320$51,340$77,260
Grand Rapids$35,790$54,160$74,350

MINNESOTA

Median Salary: 
$55,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $37,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $75,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 13%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 100

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Minneapolis - St. Paul$38,120$56,060$75,940
Rochester$50,000$63,200$80,120

MISSISSIPPI

Median Salary: 
$44,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $67,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 16%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 80

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Jackson$28,590$44,090$64,360
Gulfport$27,860$48,290$68,380

MISSOURI

Median Salary: 
$45,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 210

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
St. Louis$28,980$45,040$69,710
Kansas City$34,880$52,150$71,840

MONTANA

Median Salary: 
$44,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $66,400

2014-2024 Job Growth: 24%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Billings$39,880$49,640$62,360
Missoula$33,600$45,670$64,110

NEBRASKA

Median Salary: 
$43,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $60,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 13%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Omaha$31,710$43,890$61,630
Lincoln$29,140$45,840$60,970

NEVADA

Median Salary: 
$59,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $41,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $83,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 16%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Las Vegas$43,870$60,040$85,990
Reno$35,070$57,350$75,960

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Median Salary: 
$57,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $37,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $75,400

2014-2024 Job Growth: 19%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Manchester$33,080$56,590$73,630
Nashua$36,790$55,800$85,240

NEW JERSEY

Median Salary: 
$59,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $43,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 15%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 130

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Newark$44,310$61,200$80,230
Trenton$43,970$57,320$75,920

NEW MEXICO

Median Salary: 
$48,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $67,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 20%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Albuquerque$35,780$51,730$70,790
Las Cruces$36,520$53,560$81,300

NEW YORK

Median Salary: 
$56,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $36,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $81,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 26%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 650

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
New York City$40,330$59,980$85,570
Buffalo$32,130$42,140$65,790
Rochester$23,310$48,460$62,160
Albany$37,080$50,810$69,150

NORTH CAROLINA

Median Salary: 
$49,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $65,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 23%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 180

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Charlotte$38,980$51,480$70,830
Raleigh$33,250$54,790$63,440
Greensboro$34,790$46,090$72,250
Winston - Salem$33,990$46,370$61,200

NORTH DAKOTA

Median Salary: 
$47,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $60,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 18%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Fargo$33,860$45,130$57,600
Bismarck$35,320$47,600$62,020

OHIO

Median Salary: 
$54,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $39,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 280

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Cleveland$44,810$56,780$69,190
Columbus$39,930$50,540$71,520
Cincinnati$36,090$54,550$73,990
Dayton$35,530$48,500$62,840

OKLAHOMA

Median Salary: 
$38,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $19,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 19%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Oklahoma City$19,600$41,230$71,520
Tulsa$23,490$39,100$73,600

OREGON

Median Salary: 
$63,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $44,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $86,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 15%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Portland$45,380$66,660$93,640
Salem$41,330$57,400$84,310

PENNSYLVANIA

Median Salary: 
$48,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $31,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 340

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Philadelphia$34,800$51,820$73,550
Pittsburgh$33,820$49,070$63,260
Harrisburg$26,340$44,140$63,320
Allentown$34,200$48,930$68,050

RHODE ISLAND

Salary Data Not Available

2014-2024 Job Growth: 11%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SOUTH CAROLINA

Median Salary: 
$47,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $73,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 22%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 100

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Greenville$32,800$49,040$72,320
Columbia$26,300$39,400$60,650
Charleston$41,200$60,530$86,110

SOUTH DAKOTA

Median Salary: 
$38,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $56,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 9%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Sioux Falls$33,480$45,070$63,570
Rapid City$32,040$40,880$54,800

TENNESSEE

Median Salary: 
$50,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $75,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 31%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 180

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Nashville$34,590$57,590$77,970
Memphis$29,070$53,360$78,300
Knoxville$28,880$44,800$61,580
Chattanooga$28,160$46,640$73,370

TEXAS

Median Salary: 
$54,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 32%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 550

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Dallas - Ft. Worth$36,220$56,270$81,440
Houston$30,530$57,440$79,060
San Antonio$38,420$56,890$74,410
Austin$40,000$54,240$72,980

UTAH

Median Salary: 
$54,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 37%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 70

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Salt Lake City$40,460$57,060$78,260
Ogden$40,430$54,190$79,960

VERMONT

Median Salary: 
$46,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $67,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 12%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Burlington$32,820$39,440$64,770

VIRGINIA

Median Salary: 
$53,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $35,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $75,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 18%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 100

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Virginia Beach$38,140$57,580$76,350
Richmond$36,330$50,820$74,120

WASHINGTON

Median Salary: 
$58,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $36,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $85,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 18%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 170

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Seattle$35,360$60,040$86,850
Spokane$34,480$55,070$91,070

WEST VIRGINIA

Median Salary: 
$44,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $24,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $65,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 13%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Huntington$31,520$47,110$61,780
Charleston$28,600$45,350$61,080

WISCONSIN

Median Salary: 
$49,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 100

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Milwaukee$34,220$48,150$70,330
Madison$38,810$50,660$69,240

WYOMING

Median Salary: 
$48,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $73,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

The median annual salary for medical social workers is $52,380, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median pay for the bottom ten percent is $32,190, while the top ten percent earn a median of $77,880 per year. Pay varies based on work setting, geography and experience. Hospitals tend to pay more than nursing care facilities. Medical social workers in California, Washington, D.C. and New York earn higher salaries, though the cost of living in these regions is higher as well.

Job prospects for medical social workers are very promising, especially for those with an interest in gerontology and elder care. The BLS states that job growth for medical social workers should be 19% from 2014-2024, which is a lot faster than average. As baby boomers age, medical social workers will be needed to formulate long-term care plans for patients, provide education and support for caregivers and meet the needs of older patients with chronic or terminal illnesses.

Compare Salaries by City

New York City NY Median Pay

$59980 Per Year

$28.83 Per Hour

Boston MA Median Pay

$52200 Per Year

$25.009 Per Hour

Steps to Become a Medical Social Worker

1

Earn a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW), psychology or sociology.

This may be sufficient for some entry-level social work positions, but is not enough to become a licensed medical social worker.

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2

Attend graduate school and earn a master's degree.

Hospitals and other agencies require a Master of Social Work (MSW) from an accredited institution. Typically this means an additional two years of studying after you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree. Candidates who can demonstrate that they have done volunteer work in a social work setting will have an advantage when it comes to getting hired.

In addition to the required coursework in a two-year MSW program, students are required to fulfill 900 hours of supervised training with a qualified medical social worker. The program may be able to arrange an internship at a hospital, hospice, nursing home or convalescent home.

3

Get licensed by your state.

After completing an MSW and internship, the next step is obtaining a license in the state where the medical social worker intends to practice. Rules about licensing vary from state to state, so contact the state regulatory board or the Association of Social Work Boards to learn the requirements for your particular state. Many states require a minimum amount of supervised work experience (two years or 3,000 hours) in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, before accepting a license application.

Certification is not required to become a medical social worker. However, a credential, such as those offered by the National Association of Social Workers tells the employer that the job candidate has met a standard of excellence with an accredited institution.

4

Consider opportunities for advancement as they arise.

Medical social workers with experience can move into management positions there they will be responsible for supervising other, less experienced medical social workers. The larger the facility you work in, the greater the possibility of advancement. For example, a worker in a large hospital will have more opportunity for advancement than a worker in a smaller nursing care facility.

Explore Degree Paths

BACHELOR'S DEGREE

4 years

Clinical social work requires a master’s degree, but earning a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree nicely positions a student to seek that graduate degree afterward. In the meantime, it will be possible to gain some entry-level experience in the field.

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Coursework will likely include the following subjects among others:

Human behavior

Learn how to approach and assess the behavior of individuals and various groups within environmental contexts. Topics include human development, sexuality, economics, social psychology and much more.

Human biology

As organisms, we humans are breathtaking. You’ll learn all about the human body – anatomy, physiology, genetics and more – in this course.

Sociology

Learn about the development of society, as well as its function and dysfunctions, and various social phenomena.

MASTER'S DEGREE

2 years

Students must attend graduate school to earn their Master of Social Work degree (MSW) in order to become licensed as a medical social worker. Sometimes students spread their coursework out over three or four years rather than condensing it into two; these options carry great appeal to students who wish to complete their studies by taking classes part-time.

Coursework for MSW students typically includes the following example subjects among many others:

Social welfare policy and history

Learn the history of social welfare and the state of existing programs and policies today.

Substance abuse and social work

Students learn about various kinds of addiction and the possible ways to achieve successful intervention.

Clinical practice with groups

Students discover the unique aspects of group work and gain the knowledge and ability to lead this clinical work across a multitude of settings.

Social work research

Explore how research provides the foundation for social work programs – the devising of them, their execution, and how professionals assess their merits and shortcomings.

Keys to Success as a Medical Social Worker

Necessary Skills and Qualities

Qualities required for successful medical social work include:

  • Compassion
  • Sensitivity to people’s needs
  • Good communication skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Patience to work with seriously ill clients within a bureaucratic setting
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