Path to Licensure

‌The ASWB Path to Licensure (PTL) program is a collaboration of educators, practitioners, and regulators encouraging and supporting students’ professional development journey

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In spring 2017, the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) selected St. Thomas clinical faculty member and coordinator of student and career services, Jane Hurley Johncox, to participate in its Path to Licensure Institute. Her selection recognized her ongoing work with our MSW student association to ensure our graduates are well-prepared for licensure success. As a scholar, she formalized and implemented our initial PTL program and continues to expand the program based on ongoing needs assessments and feedback, including supporting the development of Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) student groups and providing resources related to professional development and licensure.

Our MSW curriculum is guided by licensure standards and we are strongly committed to our students' licensure success.

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Our MSW graduates' pass rates on the ASWB Masters exam average 20% higher than the national average!

Elements of our MSW Path to Licensure Program

  • LICENSURE INFORMATION SESSION: A representative from the Board of Social Work provides an overview of licensure standards and requirements for MSW students
  • LGSW LICENSURE EXAM REVIEWS: Group review of practice Masters-level test led by a faculty member, exploring rationale and engaging in critical thinking together
  • DSWAP EXAM PREPARATION: Students in the Diversity Social Work Advancement Program and other students from minority, immigrant and refugee backgrounds are offered additional exam preparation specific to countering cultural biases within the examination process.
  • INDIVIDUAL TRAINING & SUPPORT: Available based on need.