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, as one of five scholars nationwide to participate in its new education initiative, the Path to Licensure Institute. Her selection recognizes her on-going work with our MSW student association to ensure our graduates are well-prepared for licensure success. As a scholar, she will formalize and implement our Path to Licensure program and complete social work regulation-specific research by 2020.

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



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.