Social work students go through stages of progression to obtain their BSW at MacMurray College. Completion of all the components of one stage must be completed before progression to the next stage.

Stage 1

1. Admission to MacMurray College: this is conducted solely through the college and not by the Social Work program.

2. Maturity to accept the extra self-discipline to be a social work major (i.e. regular attendance in all classes, academic honesty, self-examination and ability to cope with personal problems).

Stage 2

At the completion of SCWK 103 – Introduction to Social Work, students will complete the BSW application, which includes the following:

1.  Maintenance of

2.  Notification of student felony convictions on record to the Social Work Program;

3.  Certification that the student has read the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and will adhere to its principles and standards;

4.  Completion of 3 short essays serious that describe the influences on why the student wants to be a social worker;

5.  Signed statement that the student has read the BSW Program Student Handbook. 


A certificate of acceptance will be awarded to the student and placed in the student file following the above application standards are met. If the above standards are not met, then a student may be accepted provisionally into the program (see Provisional Acceptance below).


Stage 3

At this stage, the student will be assessed for readiness to enter practicum. The student is required to meet with their social work faculty advisor and/or the Director of Field Education. The following criteria must be met before entering the field placement.

1.  Completion of 45 hours of voluntary service;

2.  Social work students are required to attain and maintain a minimum of an overall College GPA of 2.5 and must make at least a “C” in prerequisite courses and social work courses. Although a student may get credit for a “C” in an individual social work course, the student’s overall social work GPA must average to at least 2.5 to continue in the program. Therefore, any C in a social work course must be offset by at least a “B” in another social work course in order to attain the 2.5 overall;

3.  Completion of a 250 word essay on why the student is ready for practicum;

4.  Completion of Field Readiness Training: Field Practicum Orientation and Mandated Reporter Training.

5.  Compliance with standards and conduct of the profession.[1]


All of the criteria should be met before any placement at a field agency.


Stage 4

Students will be reviewed by the Agency Field Instructor of their placement agency and social work faculty. Students will complete a professional portfolio in Senior Seminar class (SCWK 495).

[1] Any student may be reviewed at any time if she or he is unable to maintain the standards set for his or her class standing.