VIU launches degree program

After several years in the planning stage, Vancouver Island University is launching its new online bachelor of social work degree program.

“We’re accepting student applications for this new program immediately,” said Pat Konkin of the faculty of health and human services. “The first intake starts in August 2012.”

The online program will provide social work education that addresses local, national and global needs.

“One of our goals is to promote social justice by producing graduates who are skilled at clinical intervention, research and community development,” said Konkin. “The program will link colleagues in the faculty and other disciplines within the broader VIU community with local, national, and international organizations.”

Prospective students must complete a combination of required and elective courses prior to admission into the program.

Interested applicants are encouraged to discuss requirements with an academic advisor at VIU before they apply.

The program provides bridging opportunities for VIU students who have completed two-year diploma or certificate programs such as the school and community support worker certificate and the disabilities studies, social services, early childhood education and child and youth care diplomas.

Areas of study will focus on physical, historical, economic and social dimensions of society related to the diverse cultural backgrounds of  people in our communities.

Qualified social workers are in demand and generally find employment in a variety of social, educational and health organizations as well as in private practice, said Konkin.

Applications are being accepted until Feb. 28. For more information, please visit the website at

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