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Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP)

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

If you have a strong desire to help improve people’s lives, or a passion for social justice, Keuka College’s social work program provides the opportunity to effect change.

Our students are prepared to work in a rapidly changing, multicultural society, with coursework that blends theory with practical application. Classes rooted in policy, practice and human behavior will help you promote themes of social justice and social responsibility.

You’ll learn how to support clients in obtaining needed services and to help improve their quality of life. Develop your practical competency during your capstone course, Field Practicum, where you’ll be placed as a professional-in-training in a human service agency.

When you’re finished, you’ll be prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including substance abuse, mental health, social welfare, aging programs, community outreach, family and youth services, and more. This professional degree is nationally recognized and our students are prepared and encouraged to pursue advanced standing master’s level social work after graduation.

Program Curriculum

The B.S. in Social Work curriculum consists of 15 courses and 56 credit hours. For planning purposes, classes meet one night each week for four hours. Students spend additional time outside of class to complete readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Title Credits
EXP 300 Foundations for Adult & Exp Learning 1
ENG 300 College Writing for Transfer Students 4
INS 301A Integrative Studies: Creativity 3
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWK 211 Generalist Social Work Practice I 3
SWK 221 Human Behavior and Social Environment I 3
SWK 201 Social Welfare Policy and Services I 3
SWK 332 Group Processes 3
SWK 220 Ethics and Diversity in Social Work 3
SWK 302 Social Work Research Methods 3
SWK 312 General Social Work Practice II 3
SWK 351 Generalist Social Work Practice III 3
SWK 401 Social Welfare Policies and Services II 3
SWK 421 Human Behavior and Social Environment II 3
SWK 450 Senior Practicum and Seminar 15

*EXP 300 – Foundations for Adult and Experiential Learning - This 3-week course requires students to attend an 8-hour, face-to-face class at Keuka College and to participate in online coursework.

Prerequisite Courses

Some applicants may need additional credits to meet prerequisite requirements for this program. The courses below are offered online with Keuka College throughout the year, or you may take them at your local community college.

Course Title Credits
BUS 320 Introduction to Research and Analysis Using Statistics 4
BIO 202 Human Biology 4
Choose one of the following:
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 3
PSY 123 Intro Human Development 3
Choose one of the following:
POL 120 American Government 3
POL 130 State and Local Government 3


Earn your B.S. in Social Work at one of the following locations:

Broome Community College Binghamton
Cayuga Community College Auburn
Corning Community College Corning
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua
Genesee Community College—Batavia Batavia
Jefferson Community College Watertown
Mohawk Valley Community College Utica
Monroe Community College—Damon Campus Rochester
Onondaga Community College Syracuse
Tompkins Cortland Community College Dryden

Skills & Job Information

For more comprehensive program, career and employment information, please visit:

Social Work Portal
Council on Social Work Education

National Association of Social Workers
BSW licensing requirements and examination
Trends in employment and salary

Students are trained in areas such as:

  • Advocacy
  • Assessment
  • Case management
  • Community outreach
  • Crisis intervention
  • Critical thinking
  • Interviewing
  • Intake/referral
  • Service planning
  • Service provision
  • Program evaluation

Recent graduates represent a cross section of area employers and career fields including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Substance abuse
  • Community outreach
  • Addictions
  • Aging
  • Mental health
  • Family, children and youth services
  • Women’s resource services
  • Schools
  • Health care
  • Social welfare

Accreditation and Advanced Standing

Keuka College’s B.S. in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Our students are prepared and encouraged to pursue master’s level social work education and training. Our accreditation entitles our graduates to apply for advanced standing in these programs. Master’s programs around the country accept a percentage of applicants in advanced standing, which allows students to graduate with their master’s degree in one year as opposed to the traditional two years.

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Undergraduate Admissions

Bachelor’s programs run on a year-round basis provided minimum enrollment is met – the ideal cohort size is 8-15 students. Keuka College ASAP students are often considered full-time for financial aid purposes. Students must have access to the Internet, either at home or at a public location, for the entirety of their program.

Application Deadlines

Programs begin three times each year, with start dates scheduled in January, May and August. Applicants are encouraged to apply at least 30 days prior to the month of their planned enrollment.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and applicants will be notified of their admissions status once a decision has been made.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of an associate’s degree, or 60 or more transferable credits from an accredited institution. Some applicants may need additional credits to meet prerequisite, liberal arts, or graduation requirements. Keuka College offers several completion options to earn these credits.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience and motivation.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Additional requirements for Nursing RN to B.S. program

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.
  • Complete prerequisite courses if needed.

Additional requirements for B.S. in Social Work program

  • Applicants must be working in the human services field in a direct care capacity. for at least 20 hours per week for the duration of the program.
  • Complete prerequisite courses if needed.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Required documents for admission include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee.
  • Official transcripts for each college or university attended.
  • Apply for financial aid (if applicable). This should be completed at the time of application. Failure to apply on a timely basis may delay the financial aid award and start of program.

Supplemental materials should be sent to:

Keuka College
Office of Admissions
141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, NY 14478