Limestone's Online Social Work Program Recognized Nationally

Charles Wyatt
Limestone's Online Social Work Program Recognized Nationally

Limestone College was recently designated as having one of the Top 20 online Social Work programs in the nation, according to a nationally-recognized website.

The website recently released its 2017 list of the best values for online colleges for Social Work and Limestone is ranked No. 19 in the United States. No other schools from South Carolina made the ranking.

All schools considered for the list offer fully online social work degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. According to the website, an online social work degree will prepare students to work in a variety of community settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and academic institutions.

Building upon the success of its traditional Social Work degree, Limestone College began offering its complete Social Work degree program online beginning in January 2015.

Limestone students who qualify may choose to obtain their Bachelor of Social Work degrees in online classes, or in more traditional in-person classes, or a combination of both.

“We’re proud of the fact that our program is the first CSWE-accredited online Social Work degree in South Carolina,” said Jackie Puckett, Associate Dean and Director of the Social Work program. “Limestone has a Social Work degree program this is flexible to meet a student’s needs – whether in-person, online, or a combination of both.”

The mission of the Limestone College Social Work program is to prepare students for beginning generalist practice using knowledge of professional self, social work values, and interpersonal skills to improve quality of life and effect social change. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), this major is appropriate for students planning a career in occupations such as community action worker, homeless shelter worker, gerontologist, domestic violence counselor, school system social worker, substance abuse counselor, human services worker, nursing home/hospital worker, hospice social worker, or industrial social worker.

Many of Limestone’s Social Work students are working adults who attend classes in the evening at one of its eight convenient locations in South Carolina. This new program opens up new avenues for these students who need the convenience of completing their degrees while continuing to work full-time. This new online Social Work degree program provides an option for Department of Social Services (DSS) employees who have a desire to add a Social Work degree to their resumes.