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Clinical Social Work Certificate

Program Overview

Become a Confident Social Work Clinician

As part of the online MSW program, the Clinical Social Work Certificate moves students from the broader foundation of generalist social work practice to an advanced level of clinical knowledge.

As part of the online MSW program, the Clinical Social Work Certificate moves students from the broader foundation of generalist social work practice to an advanced level of clinical knowledge.

Program Highlights

100%

online

3

certificate courses

9

total certificate credit hours

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You’re likely to have questions as you make your decision about pursuing an online degree. From program information to application process details, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Expand Your Professional Capabilities to Serve Your Community

The clinical social work certificate serves as an additional academic credential that will help you transform your foundation of generalist social work practice to an advanced level of clinical knowledge.

As you complete the clinical social worker program online, you’ll examine common and rare mental health disorders and learn to assess, diagnose, and develop treatment plans for people with various needs. You’ll also gain the advanced decision-making skills that are essential to support individuals through mental health recovery and stability, allowing you to stand out in the field as a driving force for the health of others.

The Growing Need for Mental Health Professionals

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of mental health counseling resources is growing and creating thousands of jobs each year for social work professionals. The field of clinical social work is currently expanding at a rate of 13%, and more than 68,000 new clinical social work professionals will be needed by 2029. The clinical social work certificate provides the additional academic credential you need to meet this growing demand with a competitive edge and improve the lives of members of your community.

A professional licensure or certification may be required to practice, advance, or specialize in social work. However, educational requirements for licensure vary by state. View more information on social work licensure here.

For more information on our program’s SARA compliance please see here.

Careers and Salaries

Curriculum: Advance Skills for the Future

The clinical social work certificate utilizes a curriculum built for the future of the field. Courses are guided by experts in social work and explore evidence-based clinical practice through the identification and treatment of various mental health disorders.

Clinical Social Work Practice Certificate
(9 credit hours)

  • SW 726 Psychopathology for Clinical Social Work (3)
  • SW 728 Comparative Treatment Modalities (3)
  • SW 730 Evidence-Based Practice for Social Workers (3)

Learn more about the courses required for this certificate on our courses page.

Why Choose UK Online?

Join the Big Blue Nation

Joining the online MSW at UK means joining a tradition of excellence where you can build your career with confidence—all while learning online at your own pace. With experienced faculty, thoughtfully designed curriculum, and the highest licensure exam pass rate in the Commonwealth, we make sure you graduate ready and exceptionally prepared for real-world practice.

How to Apply

Submitting an application to UK is as simple as creating an online account, submitting undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials, then paying your $65 application fee. You can expect to receive a decision 2–3 weeks after you apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Earning your degree online with the University of Kentucky College of Social Work is a big step — but we’re here to support you along the way. Below, you’ll find frequently asked questions about the College and the online Master of Social Work. If you have questions, call 833-358-1721 to speak with an Admissions Counselor.

Yes, all certificate programs require an application. Students must apply for the certificate by creating an additional account within the Graduate School’s ApplyYourself application. Contact us for more information.

The Substance Use Disorder and Clinical Social Work Practice certificates are part of the Master of Social Work program. Full-time students can complete the Advanced Standing program in two semesters and the Regular Standing program in 4 semesters in an accelerated format. Part-time students can complete the Advanced Standing program in two years and the Regular Standing program in three years. Accelerated completion options are available with program director approval.

The certificate programs provide a versatile credential that allows you to qualify for a myriad of roles in a variety of settings through career-ready skills that immediately apply to your chosen area of focus.

Both the Substance Use Disorder and Clinical Social Work Practice certificate programs are offered online and on-campus, and also through a hybrid format.

Clinical Social Work Practice Certificate:

  • SW 726 Psychopathology for Clinical Social Work 
  • SW 728 Comparative Treatment Modalities 
  • SW 730 Evidence-Based Practice for Social Workers

Substance Use Disorder Certificate: 

  • SW 524 Substance Misuse
  • SW 580 Trauma-Informed Care
  • SW 740 Advanced Practicum I* OR 
  • SW 741 Advanced Practicum II*

*Students choose either SW 740 or SW 741 and complete the course in a SUD-related agency. 

To see full curriculum details, please visit the MSW courses page

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