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BASW Vancouver Part-Time Program

The next Vancouver cohort is anticipated to begin Fall 2015.

Although the online application cycle for the Vancouver BASW program is not open at this time, please contact the program coordinator at for further information.

Eastern Washington University's part-time program at Clark College in Vancouver, WA allows you to continue working while pursuing your BASW. You will attend two classes per quarter every Friday afternoon and evening allowing you to complete your degree in 11 quarters! The field practicum is tailored to your professional career and is based in your community! Our program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Pre-planning for your academic success is essential! The next cohort for the Vancouver Part-time BASW Program is scheduled to begin Fall 2015.

For more information please contact Patti Kirsch Daggett at 360-992-2081 or or the program director, Jodi Kerbs at 360-992-2082 or

Please take note the program offices at Clark College have moved to Joan Stout Hall, 206 and 220.

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What will I study?

At the undergraduate level, the educational program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level social work practice. The focus is on a problem-solving generalist model which fits the needs of the region. The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Prepare graduates for entry-level professional positions in the field of social welfare.
  2. Provide a foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate education in social work.
  3. Assist students who want to use a social work major as preparation for other professions and services or as preparation for civic leadership and participation in community social services.

To meet these objectives, the School offers a professional curriculum with courses in human behavior in the social environment, intervention methods, social welfare policy and services, research methods and field practicum. This professional curriculum is supported by a liberal arts foundation, with required courses in the behavioral/biological sciences. The undergraduate program emphasizes a task-centered, problem-solving approach to social work practice.

For more information, view the BASW Vancouver brochure.

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • be open to new ideas, think critically and be capable of incorporating evidenced based theories and interventions into their professional social work tasks;
  • take a leadership role in understanding, articulating and advocating on behalf of client definitions of social and personal problems, client strengths and client defined solutions;
  • base their practices on systems and empowerment theories and ecological and strengths perspectives, as well as other understandings supported by scientific evidence;
  • perform a wide range of tasks and roles within the context of organizational and service delivery structures and bring enthusiasm and creativity to generalist social work practice;
  • define themselves as professional social workers, guided by social work values and ethical standards which include a deep respect for diversity in all its forms and a commitment to work with populations-at-risk for social justice.

What could I do with my degree?

  • Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  • Practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession and with the understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity.
  • Demonstrate the professional use of self.
  • Understand the forms and mechanism of oppression and discrimination and the strategies of change that advance social and economic justice.
  • Understand the history of the social work profession and its current structures and issues.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work to practice with systems of all sizes.
  • Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables that affect individual development and behavior and use theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and social systems (i.e., families, groups, organizations and communities).
  • Analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers and agencies.
  • Evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice and under supervision, to evaluate their own practice interventions and those of other relevant systems.
  • Use communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues and members of the community.
  • Use supervision appropriate to generalist practice.
  • Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and, under supervision, seek necessary organizational change.
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